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The Scream of the Butterfly

Scream of the Butterfly
by Ron Martinetti

An elegy for Jim Morrison by Ron Martinetti, author of The James Dean Story. American Legends Publishing, 15 pg. $1.00


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The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather

The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather
by Lionel Rolfe

The Menuhins were one of America's great musical families whose close friendship with Willa Cather, the author of Death Comes for the Archbishop and other classics, is now recounted by Lionel Rolfe. The Menuhin siblings included brother Yehudi, the great violinist, and sister Yaltah whom some believed the most talented but whose fear of touring hindered her career. A noted Los Angeles journalist, Rolfe lays bare his mother, Yalth's, close relationship with Willa, along with a family tale of genius and eccentricity, amid the backdrop of London and New York, where the Menuhin's paths intersected with the gifted and strangely reclusive novelist. American Legends Publishing. 164 pg. $1.00


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The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather

Wild Ones: Natalie Jackson & The Usual Suspects
by Jonah Raskin

Neal Cassady was the central figure in the Beat Generation--the hero of  On the Road and the Adonis of Denver, as Jack Kerouac called him; and Natalie Jackson was his lady--or one of them anyway. She was a Kerouac character in  Dharma Bums, and Natalie's death in a rooftop accident or suicide has long been a mystery. Now Beat scholar Jonah Raskin sheds new light on Natalie Jackson's shadowy life and death in San Francisco of the early 1950s. American Legends Publishing, 30 pg. Illustrations, $1.00

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The Secret Life of Walter Winchell

The Secret Life of Walter Winchell
by Lyle Stuart

Ours is an evanescent age, and among the vanished are newspaper columnists who have migrated to the Internet where they blog, often it seems to an audience of one. Yet, there was a time when newspaper columnists reached millions and shaped public taste with the tap of a typewriter key. For a time, the King of Columnists was Walter Winchell (1897-1972) of the New York Daily Mirror who boasted: "Other columnists may print it--I make it public." And so he did, in short bursts of tommy gun prose that drew from the argot of Broadway, the underworld, and the prize ring. "I really gave it to that bum," Winchell would boast, and it didn't matter if the victim was a Congressman, movie star, or fellow columnist with whom Walter carried on one of his legendary feuds. Among those he feuded with was the late Lyle Stuart--a crusading journalist whose classic 1953 biography shed light on Winchell's own world of showgirls and backroom favors (not to mention colossal inaccuracies) and helped lead to the columnist's downfall. American Legends Publishing, 154 pg. $1.00

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