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Superb book about a fascinating life and time in America
on August 22, 2011
I loved this book because I'm a woman in her mid-fifties who grew up passionate about New York, about the arts and theatre in New York, and about the "uncommonly" brave, witty theatrical voice, spirit and personage that was Wendy Wasserstein. I loved it as a Jewish woman--a working mother--raised, like Ms. Wasserstein, by a driven, secretive mother in a family that included a developmentally disabled brother. And I loved it because it made sense of the intersection of politics, psychology, business, journalism, culture, sexuality and even medicine in post World War II America. Julie Salamon does a masterful job of making not just the life of Ms. Wasserstein, but also her family, friends and the world in which she lived, vibrant and accessible. In this unfortunate age of excessive "dumbed down" exposure to insignificant celebrities' ridiculous antics, how utterly refreshing and gratifying to read about one actually worthy of attention, and in such an intelligent, well-researched, expansively and sensitively written format.