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Lucille Ball FAQ: Everything Left to Know About America’s Favorite Redhead

Lucille Ball is such a fixture in pop culture that it’s hard to believe she’d be 100 years old if she were still alive.  One hundred?  How the heck is that possible when she’s frozen in time ‘splainin’ herself to Desi and getting into trouble with Ethel?  In honor of the Lucy Centennial, Lucille Ball …

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A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar

You’ve probably never heard of Adah Isaacs Menken, but this pioneering free spirit could be considered America’s first true Superstar (with a capital “S”).  By fearlessly defying convention, Menken achieved things in the 1800s that are still considered risque today.  Certainly the world has become a more liberal and tolerant place, but imagine sending Kim …

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Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century

With a presidential election upon us and the Republican National Convention just behind us, Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century seems like a timely and relevant book. Regardless of your party affiliation, Mr. Reagan is also something of a pop culture icon, remembered as much for his Hollywood ties, his jar of jellybeans, his …

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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated

If you grew up watching Little House on the Prairie, you undoubtedly have some pretty vivid memories of Nellie Oleson, played by Alison Arngrim.  Regardless of the fact that her memoir is titled Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Alison is nothing like her character.  In this case, “bitch” is synonymous with funny, candid, resilient, and …

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