Here's my day late Added to the Pile. Sigh. Thanks to Omnibus Press I received a copy of Lady Gaga: Looking for Fame, The Life of a Pop Princess by Paul Lester. And thanks to 45th Parallel Communications, I received When I Was Joe by Keren David and Buddy Zooka in the French Quarter and Beyond by Tracey Tangerine.
Buddy Zooka brings the French Quarter to life like no one since Ignatius Reilly. Buddy is a happy-go-lucky musician in the French Quarter until one day he goes fishing and catches an alligator, Mardi Gater, who quickly decides to take up residence in Buddy's hat. Thrown off his usual carefree routine, Buddy loses his smile and starts to contemplate his world. Buddy's journey turns spiritual as faith healers show him how man has been degrading his environment and how the secret to our salvation resides within each one of us. Buddy's story is at turns zany and contemplative, and the lesson learned is a profound one that resonates in New Orleans like nowhere else. (book back blurb)
This electrifying biography explores Stefani Germanotta's rapid rise to global stardom in the guise of the outrageous Lady Gaga.
Hers has been a triumph achieved with the help of wild image-making, infectious pop hits and a teasing strand of ambiguous sexuality that has turned her into a gay icon. At heart it's the story of a unique self-made phenomenon - a Madonna for today.
As an adoring fan of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, Lady Gaga took the essence of 80s glam and reinvented it for the digital age. Commercially successful and critically accepted she shot from obscurity in Manhattan's Lower East Side club scene to worldwide fame in just a couple of years. This is the story of her high-speed rise in the fame game, told with a mix of admiration and sharp journalistic insight. (book back blurb)
It's one thing watching someone get killed. It's quite another talking about it.
But Ty does talk about it. He names some ruthless people and a petrol-bomb attack forces him and his mum into hiding under police protection.
Shy loser Ty gets a new name, a new look and a cool new image. Life as Joe is good. But the gangsters will stop at nothing to silence him. And then he meets a girl with a dangerous secret of her own. (book back blurb)
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