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Friday, September 2, 2016

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #21 - 30

Today I continue my list of 365 Groovy Books Worth Reading (in random order). Click here for the previous 20 books - and click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy:

21) Life Is a Banquet (1977) by Rosalind Russell and Chris Chase
The Tony Award-winning actress (Wonderful Town) - who starred in such films as The Women, His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame and Gypsy - shares her life in this wonderful autobiography, which was published a year after her death in 1976.

22) My First Five Husbands...And the Ones Who Got Away (2007) by Rue McClanahan
"People always ask if I'm really like Blanche, and I say, 'Well, consider the facts: Blanche was a glamorous, oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy Southern belle from Atlanta — and I'm not from Atlanta!'" says the Emmy Award-winning actress (The Golden Girls, Maude) in her autobiography (it's a fun read).

23) I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Tales from Gay Manhattan (1985) by Ethan Mordden
I will let The Boston Globe describe the first volume of Mordden's series on Manhattan gay life: "Mordenn's Manhattan is bordered on the East by Fire Island, and on the North, West and South by a thousand small towns in which a boy wakes up one day and realizes he isn't going to marry the girl next door, or any girl, ever."

24) The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece (2000) by Jan Stuart
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of my favorite films, Nashville (1975), starring Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Barbara Harris and Lily Tomlin.

25) Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins (1996) by Charles Winecoff
This interesting and sad biography of the actor (Psycho) reveals his struggles to hide his homosexuality (he died in 1992 at age 60 from AIDS-related pneumonia).

26) Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (1990) by Emily Toth
I enjoyed this biography of the New England housewife and mother who wrote the best-selling 1956 novel, Peyton Place.

27) Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll (1978) by Paul Monette
Monette's witty first novel is about a scam involving two male lovers, a legendary actress/singer, an estate caretaker, a repressed prep-school teacher and a polyestered Beverly Hills agent.

28) Madlands (1993) by J. Allen Kirsch
This satirical novel has a Tales of the City vibe as it tells the story of various residents of Madison, Wisconsin, in 1985-86.

29) The Other (1971) by Thomas Tryon
Tryon's 1971 debut novel about 13-year-old identical twin brothers is effectively creepy, and it was made into a 1972 film starring Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Victor French and John Ritter.

30) Auntie Mame (1955) by Patrick Dennis
This best-selling novel was inspired by Dennis' real life eccentric aunt, and it was adapted into a stage play (1956) and a movie (1958) - both starring Rosalind Russell - as well as a stage musical (1966) with Angela Lansbury and a movie musical (1974) with Lucille Ball.

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