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Karen Abbott is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Sin in the Second City." A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two African Grey parrots who do a mean Ethel Merman. Visit her online at www.karenabbott.net.
Praise for "American Rose" "Abbott creates a brainy striptease similar to the one her subject may have performed: uncovering doozies in one chapter about Lee's outrageous life, followed in the next by the less salacious (but always captivating) details about how New York City's Minsky brothers, who played a crucial role in Lee's stardom, built their burlesque empire." --"Newsday" "At its core, "American Rose" is a haunting portrait of a woman 'giving what she has to, keeping all she can, ' offering her audiences a sassy, confident self while making sure they would never know the damaged soul who created her." --"The""Los Angeles Times" ""American Rose" is the rare biography that captures the imagination and doesn't let go. It would scare the bejeesus out of Gypsy Rose Lee, and it's guaranteed to enthrall readers." --"Book Page ""[Abbott's] portrait of the famed stripper is both darker and more inspiring than the famed stripper's version of her life as filtered by Broadway or Hollywood." --"Atlanta Journal-Constitution " Praise for Karen Abbott's "Sin in the Second City" "A delicious history . . . a lush love letter to the underworld . . . [Abbott] describes the Levee's characters in such detail that it's easy to mistake this meticulously researched history for literary fiction."--"The New York Times Book Review" "[Abbott's] research enables the kind of vivid description a la fellow journalist Erik Larson's The "Devil in the White City" that makes what could be a dry historic account an intriguing read."--"The Seattle Times" "[A] satisfyingly lurid tale . . . Change the hemlines, add 100 years, and the book could be filed under current affairs."--"USA Today" "Assiduously researched . . . Even this book's minutiae . . . make for good storytelling."--"The New York Times" "A colorful history of old Chicago that reads like a novel."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "Lavish . . . anu