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American Rose - A Nation Laid Bare: the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Karen Abbott

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With the critically acclaimed Sin in the Second City, bestselling author Karen Abbott "pioneered sizzle history" (USA Today). Now she returns with the gripping and expansive story of America's coming-of-age-told through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and the world she survived and conquered. America in the Roaring Twenties. Vaudeville was king. Talking pictures were only a distant flicker. Speakeasies beckoned beyond dimly lit doorways; money flowed fast and free. But then, almost overnight, the Great Depression leveled everything. When the dust settled, Americans were primed for a star who could distract them from grim reality and excite them in new, unexpected ways. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a preternatural gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for compelling detail, Karen Abbott brings to vivid life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy's world, including her intensely dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who seduced men and women alike and literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. American Rose chronicles their story, as well as the story of the four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee's brand of burlesque. Modeling their shows after the glitzy, daring reviews staged in the theaters of Paris, the Minsky brothers relied on grit, determination, and a few tricks that fell just outside the law-and they would shape, and ultimately transform, the landscape of American entertainment. With a supporting cast of such Jazz- and Depression-era heavyweights as Lucky Luciano, Harry Houdini, FDR, and Fanny Brice, Karen Abbott weaves a rich narrative of a woman who defied all odds to become a legend-and whose sen

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bernadette Dunne

Length:

11h 53m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:22


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:50


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:55


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:43


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:27


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:17


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:40


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:17


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:38


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:11


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:29