eBook of the Week

Gypsy_LogoRun, don’t walk, to see Gypsy, BSC’s spring musical, April 3-7.  First staged on Broadway in 1959, Gypsy is based loosely on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.  If you want to know more about this American icon, here’s one to read:

American Rose: a Nation Laid Bare: the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott

American Rose

America was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. Weaving in the compelling saga of the Minskys — four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape — Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.

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