The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup

My Encounters With Extraordinary People

Book - 2001
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The bestselling author ofThe Orchid Thiefis back -- and she's brought some friends -- in this wonderfully entertaining collection of the acclaimedNew Yorkerwriter's best and brightest profiles. Meet more than thirty-five of Susan Orlean's favorite people -- from the well known (Bill Blass and Tonya Harding) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the 1960s girl group the Shaggs). Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. Young people. And one championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a lot like President Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of some rather eccentric individuals, like the man who has spent thirty years selling nothing but ceiling fans; or Bob Silverstein, maker of the Big Chair -- the creme de la creme of oversized chairs used for novelty photographs at carnivals. Others are living highly unusual lives, like Cristina Sanchez, the eponymous bullfighter, the first woman to become a matador in Spain; or the African king who drives a taxi in New York City and keeps his throne in his living room. Whether describing the sun-drenched existence of a Maui surfer girl or the devoted life of the Jackson Southernaires -- a traveling gospel group -- Orlean writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they've met each and every one of these unconventional folks. Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subcultures -- sports and music and hairdressing and real estate, among others. The result is a joyful, luminous tour of the human condition via an eclectic array of people, as seen through the eyes of one of America's most entertaining and original literary journalists.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679462989
Characteristics: xvii, 294 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 20, 2017

So, I am doing "Summer Reads" this hot summer of 2017 and I needed a memoir, so I searched the data base for memoirs. I was intrigued by the title and description, so I chose this book.

My word. I loved loved LOVED this book! Ms Orlean followed people around, famous and not famous, and recounted their stories with honesty, warmth and insight. She is an absolutely wonderful writer, and I was drawn into her stories with an intensity that I was surprised to experience. She was never negative, although some of the situations were not so positive (in my humble opinion..........."see Tiffany, the young singer") but she never said a negative thing. She just recounted the story as she saw it, without judgment.

I loved this book so much that I read it again. Twice.

I recommend it HIGHLEY.


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