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The Lucy Book: A Complete Guide to Her Five Decades on Television Paperback – June 12, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1580630511 ISBN-10: 1580630510 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Books; 1st edition (June 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580630510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580630511
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lucy fans and radio and television scholars for decades will be indebted to Geoffrey [Fidelman] for not only providing them with this wealth of comprehensive and detailed information, but also for making it such an enjoyable read."--Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.

About the Author

Geoffrey Mark Fidelman wrote The Lucy Book over a twenty-fiv year period. a freelance pop-culture writer, Grammy-nominated albumn-notes wrtier, and talk-show host, he is also the author of First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald for the Record.

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Customer Reviews

Don't hesitate, this is THE book to purchase!
Boo David Cross
For those who have thought they had read every Lucy book they need to, this one is a must-read!
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This is an excellent book for Lucille Ball fans & fans of "I Love Lucy".
C. L. Belcher

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By JGC on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
First lemme say I am a huge sitcom fan and I think Lucille Ball is the #1 queen of TV. This book included a detailed description of every episode of I LOVE LUCY and all the other sitcoms that Lucy stared on. I enjoyed a lot of the book. But I felt like it was missing something. Some of the details were very boring such as the furniture being changed constantly on I LOVE LUCY. I wanted to hear more commentary from Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, but for some reason their comments in the book were rather brief. THE LUCY BOOK was written almost like a textbook. It would have been more interesting if it were more fan-oriented. Some months back I read an excellent book COME AND KNOCK ON OUR DOOR about the sitcom Three's Company. And I think THE LUCY BOOK would have been much more interesting if it were written in the same manner. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting factual accounts about Lucy's TV sitcoms (such as dates and times). But I do not recommend this book to anyone who wants to have an entertaining reading experience. However if you do want to read a really good book about Lucy I recommend the book LOVE LUCY which was written by Lucille Ball. And if you're interested in books about sitcoms in general then I recommend: COME AND KNOCK ON OUR DOOR, GROWING UP BRADY and ARCHIE AND EDITH MIKE AND GLORIA THE TUMULTUOUS HISTORY OF ALL IN THE FAMILY.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you LOVE LUCY, then this is the book for you. It is an encyclopedia of every single TV appearance Lucille Ball has ever done. Everything from commercials, variety show appearances, Award shows, guest appearances, and, of coarse, her four television series: I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. The book is filled with tidbits of information which will make watching an episode as if it were the first time. Mr. Fidelman's writing style is easy to read and filled with humor and wit. This is a really fun book to read! If you need a reason to watch a Lucy program for the one thousandth and one time, this book will provide more than a few. I LOVE "The Lucy Book!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith Coppage on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
... because it's all here--backstage gossip, production info, out-take dialoge and best of all its researched, researched, researched. This is for those of us that can recite whole snatches of dialoge, who wondered about odd cuts and gaffes, critical (but loving) comment and not just the "I Love Lucy" series but tons of things on the uneven "Lucy Show" and the rest. Geffrey is the ultimate fan and he presents the information fairly and if I may say so, like a gentleman. (Note: Steve Allen writes a forward and is quoted--intriguingly--but is not the co-author as this amazon.com heading would imply) Great, funny and touching quotes from Lucie, Desi Jr., Gale Gordon, etc, as well as Desilu regulars like Kathleen Freeman, Doris Singleton, Shirley Mitchell and the whole gang. This book has been years in the making. Your copy will be dog-eared and falling apart quickly if you use it for constant reference. Go ahead and buy a second! : > Great companion to the "Desilu" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Abramson on November 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Better, perhaps, than any biography ever written about the one and only Lucille Ball, this work details - and I mean DETAILS - every known possible TV moment America spent with the woman called "The First Lady of Comedy". Its author, Geoffery Mark Fidelman, has done a TREMENDOUS service to all of Lucy's fans, capturing every TV appearance in printed remembrance, and the exhaustive research he's done is apparent immediately. At times, it seems downright impossible to believe one man did it all! Unlike OTHER "Lucy" books, however, this is not a 'puff piece'; no no no...Mr Fidelman, and many of those quoted generously throughout the book, freely offer their opinions about Ball, her husbands, co-workers, shows, etc, and while this will no doubt offend those looking for a 'fluffier' or lighter read, it actually makes for a refreshingly well-rounded character profile of its subject and all those who worked with her through the many years. If Fidelman occasionally goes a bit overboard with comments regarding her appearance, let us not forget that Lucille Ball WAS a glamorous, beautiful, and, yes, even sexy and sexual woman, something which apparently bothered another user on this site, which makes this book even MORE essential as a character study: Lucille Ball comes across as a HUMAN BEING, a woman, mother, wife, movie and TV star, head of a company. For that alone, the book can be viewed as essential to Ball fans and fanatics, or those simply interested in classic TV or Hollywood celebrities of yore. Photographs are relatively limited so if you're seeking a more "coffee table" style book, there are certainly others out there, and they're fine enough. But for something that you - and even the casual fan - will actually READ, and come to find INDISPENSIBLE, look no further: you've found THE "Lucy" book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wesley Sager on June 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is the definitive book in Lucy's tv appearences. Dont pay attention to the other reviewers who claim this book has too much information, this book is amazing. I have been a Lucy fan for 10 years(since I was 5) and have read tons of biographies on Lucy and they all contain the same infromation that we can eaisly find on the internet. The two biographies Love, Lucy and Desilu are very factual and are probably the best two Lucy biographies I have ever read but this conatins the most information I have ever read about her tv appearences. This covers everything, even when they did that thing with Lucy on the show The Nanny. This gives peoples insight from people who worked with Lucy including Vivian Vance and also has what Lucy and her kids had to say about some things. And it goes beyond listing details about her four comedy series, it lists talk show appearences, game show appearences and much more. If you want to know about a certain series she did or about certain talk show apperances then you are sure to find it in this book. I think I even remember seeing something about some episodes that were scripts but they were never rehearsed or filmed. If you are a new or old Lucy fan or a fan of someone that worked with her then you need this book!
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