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Karen Abbott 

When: Thu., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2011
With the recent resurgence of burlesque and modern-day practitioners such as Dita Von Teese, you'd think our society would have had enough of Gypsy Rose Lee by now. But even after countless biographies and Lee's own memoirs (made into a 1962 film), there appears to be more to say. Karen Abbott places Lee in the context of the time in her new book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee. Abbott is an old hand at writing about salacious topics; her previous book, Sin in the Second City, focused on a famous Chicago brothel run by sisters and frequented by well-to-do men. American Rose includes looks at Lee's childhood with her now-infamous stage mother. Abbott interviewed Lee's son and was one of the last people to interview June Havoc, Lee's sister, who died last year. The reading and signing begins at 7:30 p.m. —Sarah Ewald

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