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Confessions of a Pretty Lady, Bernhard, Sandra
1 Bernhard, Sandra Confessions of a Pretty Lady
New York Harper and Row 1988 0060159294 / 9780060159290 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy ( Fine apart from an inscription to half title page) with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 133 pages. 12 illustrations. Welcome to the world of Sandra Bernhard; sophisticated, sardonic, and witty, nothing escapes her acute eye and sharp tongue. With her pitch-perfect sense of style and humour, Bernhard chronicles the thrill of emergency vehicles, whu she moved bak to suburbia, a traumatic abortion, tattoos, the art of manicures. Her prose is both biting and vulnerable, feminine and tough.. Whether reminiscing about her doctor-father learning hypnosis or her mother's fascination with all things Japanese, her stories are powerful, funny, scathing, erotic, and at times unsettling. The book captures perfectly the strong, subversive humour that she is known for. 
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Home Town  -  The Story of a Dream That Came True, Blumenfeld, Ralph D.
2 Blumenfeld, Ralph D. Home Town - The Story of a Dream That Came True
London Hutchinson Hard Cover Very Good Fair 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on red cloth boards which are clean, unmarked and with no wear or damage. Internally there is some marks and crinkling to endpapers and some foxing to closed edges else clean, tight and unmarked. The dustjacket is complete but has some wear and tears. 2nd impression not dated c. 1945 ( first was 1944). The author (1864-1948) was Past President of the Institute of Journalists, Editor of The Daily Express for 30 years and author of the famous R.D.B.'s Diary. He recounts his early life in a maze of picturesque memories, commencing as far back as 1867, when buffalo roamed the prairies of the undeveloped West, cowboys were real beings and Red Indians were in evidence as friends. It is the story of a boy's ambitions intermingled with the growth of a mid-western town, whose pioneer settlers spoke to each other in Latin, Greek, French, German and English. *** A SCARCE TITLE *** 
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The Lois Wilson Story  -  When Love is Not Enough, Borchert, William G.
3 Borchert, William G. The Lois Wilson Story - When Love is Not Enough
Minnesota Hazelden 2005 1592853285 / 9781592853281 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. xxii + 379 pages. Foreword by Robert Hoguet, President of the Stepping Stones Foundation. The acclaimed author, screenwriter and film producer's definitive biography of Lois Burnham Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon (Alcoholics Anonymous) and wife of the co-founder, the famously anonymous Bill W. Lois Wilson's uncommon love and unshakeable faith have provided a legacy of hope to millions of families devastated by alcohol addiction. 
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Howard Hughes  -  The Untold Story, Brown, Peter Harry and Broeske, Pat H.
4 Brown, Peter Harry and Broeske, Pat H. Howard Hughes - The Untold Story
New York Dutton 1996 0525937854 / 9780525937852 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
STATED FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING MARCH 1996. An account of the legendary Hughes which draws on nearly 400,000 pages of recently unsealed court documents, over 2,000 pages of secret FBI reports and more than 600 new interviews, which expose the truth about his affairs with actresses such as Jean Harlow, Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. They reveal why Ginger Rogers wouldn't marry him, why Rita Hayworth aborted his child, his emotionally incestuous ties to his beautiful mother, his tortured marriage to Jean Peters, his breakdowns and recoveries, disappearing acts and disguises. The authors also call into question the accepted account of Hughes's death. 53 illustrations. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.882 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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The Third Time Around, Burns, George
5 Burns, George The Third Time Around
London W. H. Allen 1980 0491029322 / 9780491029322 First Thus Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on blue boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally unmarked. A Fine copy. Dustjacket showing photographs of Burns is price clipped else Fine. 68 photographic illustrations of many stars of the past. Naturally a very amusing addition to Burns's range of autobiographies packed full of memories, anecdotes, marriage and recounts his start in show busiiness at the age of seven through to the early days of radio and Holywood's heyday. 
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Martha Inc  -  The Incredible Story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Byron, Christopher
6 Byron, Christopher Martha Inc - The Incredible Story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
New York John Wiley & Sons 2002 0471123005 / 9780471123002 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. Third printing. From housewife to billionaire chief executive, Martha Stewart is not just the businesswoman with the midas touch, she is also a lightning rod for many of the most important and controversial social and economic issues of post World War II American life. The book examines her personality, the story of a little girl who never got over what life never gave her and wound up inventing for herself a past that she had never known, a hologram of life so powerful that it not only convinced her personally but mesmerised the world, and in time she became the richest self-made businesswoman in America. 
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Fun While It Lasted, Conrad, Barnaby
7 Conrad, Barnaby Fun While It Lasted
London Michael Joseph 1970 071810773x / 9780718107734 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Conrad, Barnaby 
First UK edition. A Very Good + unmarked copy with VG complete dustjacket. The author is a well known American who has worn many hats - a vice consul to Spain, amateur bullfighter, art teacher, author, secretary to Sinclair Lewis, socialite, raconteur, are just a few in his long life. He was acquainted with many famous people and this autobiography is replete with them and also with delightful drawings by the author. It begins at Sardi's in New York with a marvellously funny conversation with Noel Coward and Eva Gabor and ends with his collecting famous and infamous last words such as the poisoner William Palmer's, who just before his hanging asked "is it safe". 
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Friends & Memories, Cowles, Fleur
8 Cowles, Fleur Friends & Memories
New York Reynal / William Morrow 1978 0688612008 / 9780688612009 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on blue cloth spine with light blue paper boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear and just a touch fading to top. Internally there is a signature to front endpaper else clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is complete but has some small removals to bottom of front and a small closed tear to back G+. The American author was editor of Look and Flair magazines in the 1940's and 1950's and became acquainted with a number of White House occupants with her most valued friend being President Eisenhower, on whose behalf she attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Others in her memories are Winston Churchill, Pope John, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe et al. She moved to England in 1955 to seriously pursue her ambition as a painter and became a collected artist. 22 photographic illustrations. A very fascinating autobiography of an accomplished woman. 
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Eddie  -  My Life, My Loves, Fisher, Eddie
9 Fisher, Eddie Eddie - My Life, My Loves
London W.H. Allen 1982 0491022654 / 9780491022651 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First British edition. 368 pages. 69 illustrations. In this autobiography of the singer, Eddie Fisher tells the whole story of his remarkable life and career - a roller coaster ride from the slums of Philadelphia to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, a plunge into a nearly fatal drug addiction and, finally, a successful comeback through the love and encouragement of his family and friends. A teenage idol in the 1950's and a friend of the leading personalities of three decades in the worlds of politics, sports and show business, the book is filled with the famous. He was romantically involved with countless women, among them Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, and Ann Margaret, and in lavishly publicized affairs, he married and divorced Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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Pandering, Fleiss, Heidi
10 Fleiss, Heidi Pandering
Los Angeles 1 Hour Entertainment 2002 0972016406 / 9780972016407 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy in padded boards (Fine apart from just a touch of wear to lower corner tips). 240 pages. All edges gilt. Dubbed the 'Hollywood Madam' in the 1990s, Heidi Fleiss has returned to the scandal spotlight with this memoir of her experiences. Fleiss was released from federal prison in 1999 after serving more than three years for tax evasion, money laundering and attempted pandering associated with a high-priced prostitution ring she ran in Hollywood. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.90 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Working  -  My Life As A Prostitute, French, Dolores with Lee, Linda
11 French, Dolores with Lee, Linda Working - My Life As A Prostitute
London Victor Gollancz 1989 0575045299 / 9780575045293 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. The autobiographical account of her childhood, her role as a fundraiser, civil rights campaigner and at the age of 27 how she became a prostitute and loved the job. She has worked the famous windows in Amsterdam, the dangerous brothels of Puerto Rico, founded the prostitutes union HIRE (Hooking is for real), was appointed to the Mayor's task force on prostitution in Georgia, Atlanta and as a consultant on the Centers for Disease Control's study on prostitution and AIDS. She is married to a civil rights lawyer and still works as a prostitute. 
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Jackie, Frischauer, Willi
12 Frischauer, Willi Jackie
London Michael Joseph 1976 0718115457 / 9780718115456 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The author and acclaimed biographer's biography of Jackie Kennedy Onassis or Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, as she preferred to be known. The author was a personal friend of Onassis for twenty years and is well equipped to show Jackie as she really was and he was encouraged by Onassis to convey a rounded picture of his wife to counter the fantastic rumours and reports which abounded. 16 photographs. 
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Little Gloria...Happy at Last, Goldsmith, Barbara
13 Goldsmith, Barbara Little Gloria...Happy at Last
London Macmillan 1980 0333295080 / 9780333295083 First Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy which has a few very small minor marks to fore and top edges with VG dustjacket. xvii + 650 pages. 46 pages of illustrations. First UK edition. Family tree endpapers of the Vanderbilt, Morgan and Mountbatten families. This is the story of money, glamour, and scandal; a story of American society and of European Royalty; a story of family strife exploding into one of the most dramatic and publicised court battles of the century - the battle for a 10 year old child, 'little Gloria' Vanderbilt, who in 1934 was the object of the epic custody suit between her mother, the beautiful and penniless Vanderbilt widow, and her aunt, the famous Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose 78 million Dollar fortune could buy anything she wanted, and what she wanted was 'little Gloria'. Gloria was shunted out of her mother's life, carted around Europe, depending for her existence on her neurotically overprotective nurse, Dodo, who never left her for a single day, and her mad Morgan grandmother who insisted that her own daughter might murder the child for the Vanderbilt millions. Deserted, 'dressed in rags', she became an almost mythic incarnation of 'the poor little rich girl'. However Gloria was to grow up to become a world famous fashion designer. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.185 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Man of the People  -  A Life of Harry S. Truman, Hamby, Alonzo L.
14 Hamby, Alonzo L. Man of the People - A Life of Harry S. Truman
New York Oxford University Press 1995 0195045467 / 9780195045468 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a few very small barely noticeable light marks to fore edge) with VG+ dustjacket which has a crease to front inner flap and is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. xv + 760 pages. 26 illustrations. A definitive biography of the American President (1884-1972), the 33rd President of the United States from 1945-1953, succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman's presidency was eventful - his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan, the founding of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, the beginning of the Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War. **** NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ACTUAL BOOK **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.4 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Kate  -  The Life of Katharine Hepburn, Higham, Charles
15 Higham, Charles Kate - The Life of Katharine Hepburn
London W.H. Allen 1975 0491019831 / 9780491019835 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First British Edition. A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ complete dustjacket. A story of a remarkable single minded woman, daughter of a tempestuous pair of New England mavericks, she crashed the theatre as a headstrong girl, daring to appear in her first film at the age of 21 opposite John Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement. The following year she won an Oscar for her performance in Morning Glory and has starred in many memorable films ever since. The author also shows her romantic involvement with Leland Hayward, Howard Hughes and Spencer Tracy. 
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Everybody Who Was Anybody  -  A Biography of Gertrude Stein, Hobhouse, Janet
16 Hobhouse, Janet Everybody Who Was Anybody - A Biography of Gertrude Stein
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1975 0297769901 / 9780297769903 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A large format volume of xii + 244 pages. 100 black and white illustrations, 8 colour plates. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) soon became aware that she was destined to 'create the twentieth century'. Brought up in Europe and the new frontier state of California, Gertrude never lost the sense of being a pioneer. In 1903 she moved to Paris and two years later bought her first Matisse, the notorious Femme au Chapeau, the most ridiculed work of the scandalous 'Fauve' exhibition. In 1905 Gertrude also met and began to buy the work of Picasso. With his portrait of her, a work seminal in the development of Cubism, and with her own writing of Three Lives, both in 1906, Gertrude Stein began to take her place at the centre of a group of artists and writers whose works were among the most important of the century. By the outbreak of World War I Gertrude, with her brothers Leo and Michael, had amassed the most important collection of modern art in the world. After the war Gertrude became mentor to several of the best known American writers, among them Ernest Hemngway. By the time of her death, Gertrude Stein had become a legend - she had been painted, sculpted and photographed by the most famous artists of her time. Her apartments at rue de Fleurus, and later at rue Christine, were landmarks in Paris. The book tells the story of the public personality and the deeply serious writer behind. It recounts the development and significance of her complex relationship with her brother Leo, with Alice B. Toklas and with Picasso, as well as her artistic relationships with the Cubists and the writers of the Lost Generation and her profoundly symbolic relationship with America, with France, with 'inside and outside reality', with personality and the nature of genius. PLEASE NOTE: A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.95 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Declarations of Independence  -  War Zones And Wheelchairs, Hockenberry, John
17 Hockenberry, John Declarations of Independence - War Zones And Wheelchairs
London Viking 1996 0670865044 / 9780670865048 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition, First Pinting. First published in USA in 1995. A clean and unmarked copy VG+ with complete coloured photographic dustjacket VG+. The autobiographical journal of the author, a paraplegic since a car crash aged 19, who became a foreign correspondent and spent two years in the Middle East. He writes with black humour of riding a mule up a hillside in Iraq, having his wheelchair pushed at Ayatollah Khomeini's funeral by a friendly Iranian chanting 'Death to all Americans' and of life as a disabled reporter. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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I Was A White Slave in Harlem, Howard-Howard, Margo
18 Howard-Howard, Margo I Was A White Slave in Harlem
New York Four Walls Eight Windows 1991 0941423689 / 9780941423687 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
There is a little wear to lower spine and light curling to front corner tips else a clean tight copy. xi + 177 pages. Introduction by Quentin Crisp. Margo Howard-Howard details her sometimes intimate, sometimes violent encounters with James Dean, Andy Warhol, Jackie Curtis, Truman Capote, Talulah Bankhead, Queen Elizabeth II and many other personalities. As described here, they give a glimpse of the wild career of New York's premier drag queen. 
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Friends In High Places  -  Our Journey From Little Rock To Washington, D.C., Hubbell, Webb
19 Hubbell, Webb Friends In High Places - Our Journey From Little Rock To Washington, D.C.
New York William Morrow 1997 0688157491 / 9780688157494 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine uninscribed book with Fine complete dustjacket. From the golf course to the Oval Office, the author, a longtime friend and political intimate offers a behind the scenes look at President Bill Clinton and Hilary Rodham Clinton. When the Clintons went to the White House, Hubbell, previously Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas and Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, partner in Hilary Clinton's law firm, followed as Associate Attorney General, the third ranking member of the Justice Department. His political career ended as he was sentenced for his involvement in the Whitewater scandal and he openly admits his crimes and why he committed them. 
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Benjamin Franklin  -  An American Life, Isaacson, Walter
20 Isaacson, Walter Benjamin Franklin - An American Life
New York Simon and Schuster 2003 0684807610 / 9780684807614 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. Uncut edges. An absorbing and witty biography and an acute assessment of the man and his impact on his times, a founding father of America who rose from a shop-keeper to dining with kings. He was during his 84 year life, America's best scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist and one of its most practical thinkers. He was the only man who shaped all the founding documents of America, the Albany Plan of Union, the Declaration of Independence, the treaty of alliance with France, the peace treaty with England, and the Constitution. Pictorial endpapers and 32 illustrations. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.975 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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