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A MEMOIR OF RESILIENCE

Brimming with heart and humor, this emotional journey encourages readers to embrace life.

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McCorkindale delivers a moving memoir of love, loss, and strength in the face of tragedy.

Following a loose timeline that picks up after the death of her beloved husband, Stu, from pancreatic cancer, the author traces, in short, bite-sized chapters, the sporadic ups and downs of living on a 500-acre farm in northern Virginia while taking care of her two sons, Casey and Cuyler. It doesn’t take long for readers to discover the author’s delightful sense of humor—even in situations that are decidedly unfunny. Her anecdotes alternate between the heartwarming and heartbreaking. As she describes battling the wind in an attempt to scatter her husband’s (and the dog’s!) ashes on the farm or the shelves full of her husband’s cancer medications (which she dubbed the “McPharmacy”), love and optimism shine through: “There are no words to describe the pain of watching someone you love die, but there are plenty of words to describe the joy of living.” McCorkindale radiates maternal love as she fights for her autistic teenage son to receive the care and instruction he needs at a rehabilitation center. Even in her darkest moments, including being furloughed from her job as a marketing director during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and enduring a horrific relationship with an abusive man identified only as “the Winemaker,” readers get the sense that everything will be OK. McCorkindale shares 31 “resilience-builder” meditations (“Trust Your Gut”; “Chase Your Dreams”; “Let it Unfold”; etc.) at the conclusion of the book to help readers realize their own ability to thrive. This is all conveyed with her signature wit and warmth, such as when she encourages others to chase their dreams: “Sure, there might be people around us holding their breath waiting for us to fail, but my feeling is, they should suffocate. Chase your dreams. All you can lose is a mediocre life.”

Brimming with heart and humor, this emotional journey encourages readers to embrace life.

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2022

ISBN: 9798363798290

Page Count: 298

Publisher: Self

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2023

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TANQUERAY

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

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A former New York City dancer reflects on her zesty heyday in the 1970s.

Discovered on a Manhattan street in 2020 and introduced on Stanton’s Humans of New York Instagram page, Johnson, then 76, shares her dynamic history as a “fiercely independent” Black burlesque dancer who used the stage name Tanqueray and became a celebrated fixture in midtown adult theaters. “I was the only black girl making white girl money,” she boasts, telling a vibrant story about sex and struggle in a bygone era. Frank and unapologetic, Johnson vividly captures aspects of her former life as a stage seductress shimmying to blues tracks during 18-minute sets or sewing lingerie for plus-sized dancers. Though her work was far from the Broadway shows she dreamed about, it eventually became all about the nightly hustle to simply survive. Her anecdotes are humorous, heartfelt, and supremely captivating, recounted with the passion of a true survivor and the acerbic wit of a weathered, street-wise New Yorker. She shares stories of growing up in an abusive household in Albany in the 1940s, a teenage pregnancy, and prison time for robbery as nonchalantly as she recalls selling rhinestone G-strings to prostitutes to make them sparkle in the headlights of passing cars. Complemented by an array of revealing personal photographs, the narrative alternates between heartfelt nostalgia about the seedier side of Manhattan’s go-go scene and funny quips about her unconventional stage performances. Encounters with a variety of hardworking dancers, drag queens, and pimps, plus an account of the complexities of a first love with a drug-addled hustler, fill out the memoir with personality and candor. With a narrative assist from Stanton, the result is a consistently titillating and often moving story of human struggle as well as an insider glimpse into the days when Times Square was considered the Big Apple’s gloriously unpolished underbelly. The book also includes Yee’s lush watercolor illustrations.

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

Pub Date: July 12, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-250-27827-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2022

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LOVE, PAMELA

A juicy story with some truly crazy moments, yet Anderson's good heart shines through.

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The iconic model tells the story of her eventful life.

According to the acknowledgments, this memoir started as "a fifty-page poem and then grew into hundreds of pages of…more poetry." Readers will be glad that Anderson eventually turned to writing prose, since the well-told anecdotes and memorable character sketches are what make it a page-turner. The poetry (more accurately described as italicized notes-to-self with line breaks) remains strewn liberally through the pages, often summarizing the takeaway or the emotional impact of the events described: "I was / and still am / an exceptionally / easy target. / And, / I'm proud of that." This way of expressing herself is part of who she is, formed partly by her passion for Anaïs Nin and other writers; she is a serious maven of literature and the arts. The narrative gets off to a good start with Anderson’s nostalgic memories of her childhood in coastal Vancouver, raised by very young, very wild, and not very competent parents. Here and throughout the book, the author displays a remarkable lack of anger. She has faced abuse and mistreatment of many kinds over the decades, but she touches on the most appalling passages lightly—though not so lightly you don't feel the torment of the media attention on the events leading up to her divorce from Tommy Lee. Her trip to the pages of Playboy, which involved an escape from a violent fiance and sneaking across the border, is one of many jaw-dropping stories. In one interesting passage, Julian Assange's mother counsels Anderson to desexualize her image in order to be taken more seriously as an activist. She decided that “it was too late to turn back now”—that sexy is an inalienable part of who she is. Throughout her account of this kooky, messed-up, enviable, and often thrilling life, her humility (her sons "are true miracles, considering the gene pool") never fails her.

A juicy story with some truly crazy moments, yet Anderson's good heart shines through.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2023

ISBN: 9780063226562

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2023

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