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The Writer As Celebrity: Intimate Interviews Paperback – April, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (P); 1st edition (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871314770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871314772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,846,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polak has a tendency to condense an author's talent and personality into something like a photo caption. For example, Germaine Greer, according to Polak, is a "Shakespearean scholar who talks like a slut." Generally Polak gives the reader more gossipif wittythan insight. She tells about Marge Piercy's two husbands and Rita Mae Brown's first cheerleader lover, pom poms and all. Likewise we learn that Erma Bombeck can't put her ironing board up and down and that Calvin Trillin has to stop himself from dialing "911" when he sees the pallid complexions of health food store workers. These 45 snippets of writers' conversations are entertaining, but they do not add up to a book.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on March 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fun dishy book full of juicy tidbits about your favorite celebrities. And some not so favorite celebrities.
I hope to see more books from Ms. Polak. She has the stuff and then some. It's a good fun read. What more could you ask for?
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