Bargain Kindle Book – Swans and Pistols

by Greg on February 16, 2011

Swans And PistolsHere’s a bargain Kindle book for you to check out. The book, Swans and Pistols, is on sale right now for $1.45. The regular price is $25 so this is a savings of $23.55 or 94%. Swans and Pistols has an average rating of 4.6 stars (from seven reviews).

Please remember that this book is on sale and the price can change at any time. When you go to purchase it, make sure that the price says $1.45.

 

Swans and Pistols: Modeling, Motherhood, and Making It in the Me Decade by Leon Bing – Save $23.55

Everyone may have a story in them, but the memoir of former 1960s model-turned-journalist Bing raises the question: does every story need to be told? Bing, who wrote the award-winning gang exposéDo or Die, is less successful at turning her journalist’s eye on her own life. The book starts slowly with exposition-heavy memories of her childhood, in which she was raised by her wealthy grandparents and saw her aloof mother only on weekends. The book takes on color when Bing begins to work as a runway model in New York, mainly because of the high-profile people who populate her stories, from mobster Micky Cohen to director Mike Nichols and composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. In fact, the book is a name-dropping delight, full of brushups with the rich and famous—Bing had a several years’ long affair with artist Ed Ruscha, was close friends with Mama Cass and hobnobbed with plenty of actors. While Bing can turn a lovely phrase and displays intelligence, the book is so outwardly focused that Bing herself seems merely a bit player in her own life. The book really comes alive near the end when curiosity about homeless kids in Venice, Calif., leads her to write an article that unexpectedly launches her journalism career.

Here’s what the reviewers had to say:

  • “A… traipse through the world of fashion and film [that] also reveals the struggles of a modern working woman… Though it’s entertaining to read about Cher’s baby shower, her brush with Warren Beatty at the Troubadour or her close friendship with Cass Elliot… there are profound, poignant moments as well… In these recollections, the author’s writing finds a steady rhythm that effectively conveys her passion, trepidation and love—what seems to be the real Bing underneath the famous model exterior. Worth reading… for the author’s ability to trace her journey through the many joys and obstacles of life in the modern era.” —Kirkus Reviews
  • “A namedropping delight, full of brushups with the rich and famous—Bing had a several years’ long affair with artist Ed Ruscha, was close friends with Mama Cass and hobnobbed with plenty of actors. Bing can turn a lovely phrase… The book really comes alive near the end when curiosity about homeless kids in Venice, Calif., leads her to write an article that unexpectedly launches her journalism career.” —Publishers Weekly

     

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