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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #190 - 199

Today I continue my list of 365 Groovy Books Worth Reading (in random order). Click here for the previous 189 books - and click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy:

190) Everybody Loves You: Further Adventures in Gay Manhattan (1988) by Ethan Mordden
From the novel's back cover: "A gay ghost, a talking dog, and a street kid who thinks he's an elf-child join our narrator Bud, best friend Dennis Savage, eternally young Little Kiwi, devastating hunk Carlo, and the other characters from I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore and Buddies in this final volume in Mordden's trilogy on gay life in the big city" (NOTE: He did write a fourth volume,
Some Men Are Lookers, in 1997).

191) Do You Sleep in the Nude? (1968) by Rex Reed
His first best-selling collection of celebrity profiles includes interviews with Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty, Ava Gardner, Angela Lansbury, Sandy Dennis, Lucille Ball, Gwen Verdon, Marlene Dietrich, Hayley Mills, Lynn Redgrave, Leslie Uggams, George Peppard, Geraldine Chaplin and others.

192) Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family (2014) by Swoosie Kurtz (with Joni Rodgers)
I adore this Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress whose candid memoir is summed up best by actress Carol Burnett: "I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves. Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller. Her observations about love and loss had me dog-earing several pages to reread again and again. I feel blessed to know her."

193) Straitjacket & Tie (1994) by Eugene Stein
Stein's engaging first novel is about a bisexual young man in 1980s Manhattan, his schizophrenic brother and three space aliens. Playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) calls the book "marvelously erudite, politically smart, morally outraged, and funny."

194) Footnotes: A Memoir (1997) by Tommy Tune
The ten-time Tony Award-winning actor, director and choreographer (Seesaw, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies) shares his life story with us.

195) The Thorn Birds (1977) by Colleen McCullough
The Chicago Tribune called this 1977 novel "a heart-rending epic of violence, love, piety, family roots, passion, pain, triumph, tragedy, roses, thorns...enough heartache for 10 lifetimes." Having sold over 33 million copies worldwide, Australia's #1 best-selling book of all time was adapted into a 1983 ABC miniseries starring Rachel Ward as Meggie Cleary and Richard Chamberlain as Father Ralph, the handsome priest she falls in love with.

196) But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame! The Amazing History of the World's Favorite Madcap Aunt (1998) by Richard Tyler Jordan
From the book's back cover: "In this loving, exhaustively researched tribute to the world's favorite madcap aunt, confirmed "Mame-ophile" Richard Tyler Jordan shares fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from such Broadway and Hollywood luminaries as original Broadway producers Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, playwrights Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence, and musical theatre legend Jerry Herman" (NOTE: My copy is the updated 2004 edition).

197) A Year with The Producers: One Actor's Exhausting (But Worth It) Journey from Cats to Mel Brooks' Mega-Hit (2002) by Jeffry Denman
Actor Jeffry Denman takes us on a backstage theatrical tour as he shares his journal entries from August 2000 to September 2001 during which his show, Cats, closes, allowing him to join the original Broadway cast of The Producers as an ensemble member and Matthew Broderick's understudy.

198) Bruce! My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays (2000) by Bruce Vilanch
The Emmy Award-winning comedy writer (the Oscars), actor (Mahogany, Broadway's Hairspray) and Hollywood Squares celebrity compiles his funniest essays about such diverse topics as Diana Ross, Robin Williams, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Montgomery, the musical Rent, Andy Williams, the film Waiting to Exhale and Provincetown.

199) Lost and Found (2006) by Carolyn Parkhurst
This novel is about the personal dramas of six contestants on an Amazing Race-like reality show called Lost and Found, in which teams of two race around the world deciphering clues and collecting items in order to win a million dollars.

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