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A Nation Laid Bare; The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare; The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¾ hrs. Books on Tape. 2011. ISBN 9780307877116. $45; 11 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. BIOG
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Abbott's (www.karenabbott.net) follow-up to the national best seller Sin in the Second City (2007)—available from Tantor Audio—is a thorough and lively account of the life of Gypsy Rose Lee, an American icon from the Roaring Twenties until her death in 1970. A symbol of sexual tantalization, Lee experienced great depths of misery while maintaining an unusually ambitious workload; her relationships with her mother and sister were complicated by competition and disapproval. Abbott draws on exclusive interviews and never-before-published materials to give readers/listeners a true sense of Lee's life. Actress Bernadette Dunne (see Behind the Mike, LJ 5/15/09) gives even the bawdiest bits a dignified reading. Anyone interested in pop culture and celebrity bios will appreciate this title, which has garnered strong praise from fellow authors Kathryn Stockett and Rebecca Skloot. [The Random hc was recommended "especially where there has been interest in Noralee Frankel's Stripping Gypsy and Rachel Shteir's Gypsy," LJ Xpress Reviews, 12/3/10.—Ed.]—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence

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