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Twinka Thiebaud is an artist's model who, along with posing for her father, American painter Wayne Thiebaud, collaborated with many notable photographers of the 20th century. In the work of Judy Dater, one particular photo, "Imogen and Twinka," created in Yosemite National Park, became one of the most recognizable and iconic images captured by an American photographer. In it, ninety-two year old Imogen Cunningham, a groundbreaking photographer in her own right, confronts and locks gaze with Twinka, who appears as a wood nymph frozen before her camera's lens. The image can been seen in private and major museum collections around the world. For three years Twinka lived with the aging novelist Henry Miller in his Pacific Palisades home acting as his cook and caretaker while working as an artist's model, posing for art students and other noted photographers; Mary Ellen Mark, Arnold Newman, Lucien Clergue, Eikoh Hosoe, and Ralph Gibson among others. At home with Miller, Twinka was captivated and delighted along with other dinnertime guests and celebrities by Miller's nightly tales of his past exploits. Listening, she began to keep a notebook of her version of what he said each evening. Eventually showing him her notes, he expressed immense enthusiasm, encouraging her to write a book. The result is a compilation of both Miller's intimate conversations and Twinka's memoirs about the years she spent living under his roof and his lasting effect on her. Twinka lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Eio Books; First Edition first Printing edition (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975925520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975925522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twinka Thiebaud offers us a delicious and mouth watering memoir of her life and times with Henry Miller. It is a love letter and also a document that recalls a time in history, when such things were possible. Rich intimate conversations around the table. The gathering of artists in the collective celebration of a remarkable man. Twinka is one of the iconic beauties of our time and even apart from her life with Henry, her stories are compelling and moving. I can see this as a larger work, this was just the appetizer!
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Thiebaud's book offers interesting tidbits of Henry Miller's life post-TROPICS. Miller watched television one hour a week--the hour of Friday Night Wrestling. When john Lennon expressed interest in meeting him Miller refused, saying he had no interest in The Beatles' music. Thiebaud's affection for Miller--whom she at first dreaded meeting--is obvious, and the focus that holds this short somewhat star-struck memoir together. In his 3-piece suit or blue terry cloth bathrobe--worn around his pacific Palisades home--Miller strikes Twinka as a grandfatherly type rather than rapist of her imagining. Miller's effect on her, as it was on so many others, is inspirational...The second half of the book is a compendium of Miller's thoughts on a variety of subjects--thoughts familiar to anyone who has read Miller's work...Despite the chipper reminiscence and the Table Talk Thiebaud has compiled, and despite the biographical work done on Miller--such as THE UNKNOWN HENRY MILLER, Arthur Hoyle, and ALWAYS MERRY AND BRIGHT, Jay martin--there is still a lot we do not know about Henry Miller and probably never will. The nexus between Miller's work and life has been made impenetrable by Miller himself. in his autobiographical writings he has so closely mixed fact and fiction they've become one and the same. Like other great writers, Miller was a consummate fabricator, the truth and lies he told inseparable in the forging of a mythologized Everyman. Such a mythologized version of one's life dissolves character in that the "I" becomes generalized, and as such can seem both profound and buffoonish--both distinct aspects of Miller's work. Finding the "real" Henry Miller in the "Henry Miller" of the work becomes a job not unlike that of the scientists who separated the quark from other sub-atomic particles. Best of luck to those who try, I say. Wayne F. Burke
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I've now read this marvelous book for the second time, and find myself returning to my favorite passages almost daily. Twinka Thiebaud is a natural writer with a rapier wit to match Henry Miller's. This affectionate and warmly moving account of life with 'Hen' in Pacific Palisades in the 1970's is a funny and fascinating tapestry of the great man's thoughts, opinions, advice, revelations, food and wine preferences, visitors -- some of whom are greeted with a sense of wonder and disdain, and I won't spoil it for you here! Read this book! It's truly the day-to-day life of Miller and Twinka that mesmerizes most. Henry Miller's genuine affection for Twinka as his cook, help-mate and friend brought me to tears more than once. Twinka's amazing memory for the 'voice' of Miller, whom I myself knew, is right on target. I cannot recommend this lovely little volume enough. Buy a dozen and give them as gifts, and always keep one for yourself. Your friends will thank you, and you will never be without a sense of loving companionship with this book on your bedside table. Brava Twinka! Cheers Henry!
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I received this book today (8th Feb.) and at 5 pm UK time started to read what I thought would just be the opening chapters. At 10.15 pm I finished the whole book as after each tale and annecdote I was driven to continue to digest and absorb what is a most entertaining book.
From the opening pages when Twinka describes her first ever meeting with Henry I was visualising the steep dirt track that Twinka and her mother drove along to Henry's House......to Henry himself sitting at the far side of the table reminiscing tales of writers, artists, film stars, etc.
A great read.
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How often do you read a book and stop on practically every page to reread it again because something has been written that you were really touched by, or startled by or enlightened by? Ms. Thiebaud's observations and reflections draw you in from the first page. Not only do you come out feeling like you've read an intimate, thoughtful description and memoir of Mr. Miller and what he was really about ... The bonus is that you are intrigued by the person writing their impressions.

You will smile and perhaps even laugh out loud, you will nod your head in agreement and understanding, you will grimace and you may shed a tear. You'll want to recommend your friends to read it. It's that good.
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Henry Miller was one of the most important writers of the last century. He lived a more stimulating and interesting life than any of his contemporaries. He lived it until the day he died. It all came home to roost in his final years and Twinka Thiebaud was there. She was his confidant, his caretaker, his chef, his everything and she wrote it all down. The famous, near famous and infamous came and went according to the Great Man's humor. Twinka was the keeper of the gate. He turned the Beatles away. He loved Jack Nicholson. From the first to the last page this book is rich and amazing. Famous figures you've always been curious about people its pages. From Charley Chaplin to Warren Beatty you see and hear who and what they really were when they sit down at dinner with Henry and Twinka to swap highly personal stories with the great man. Twinka's superb writing style puts you right in the room and at the table with them. I wouldn't have missed this book for ten times the price. Reading and re-reading it has been an experience I will always keep with me.
Ed Gish
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