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Book exercise

Select one of these books about a Las Vegas stage performer or search for a performer that interests you using the Library QuickSearch. Find the call number for a book that is available in the location Lied Library Book Stacks. We'll go up to the stacks together and bring the books down to the classroom.


Britt, Stan. Frank Sinatra : A Celebration.  Schirmer Books, 1995.

Considine, Shaun. Barbra Streisand : The Women, the Myth, the Music.  Delacorte Press, 1985.

Clavin, Tom. That Old Black Magic : Louis Prima, Keely Smith and the Golden Age of Las Vegas. Chicago Review Press, 2010.

Crimp, Susan. The Many Lives of Elton John.  Carol Pub. Group, 1992.

Davis, Sammy. Hollywood in a Suitcase. 1st ed.  Morrow, 1980.

Davis, Sammy, Burt Boyar, and Jane Boyar. Sammy : An Autobiography : With Material Newly Revised from Yes I Can and Why Me.   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

Dragone, Franco. Le Reve = The Dream : [A Small Collection of Imperfect Dreams].   Flammarion, 2005.

Early, Gerald Lyn. The Sammy Davis, Jr. Reader. 1st ed. New York: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.

Faris, Jocelyn. Liberace : A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995.

Fischbacher, Siegfried, Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, Annette Tapert, and Siegfried and Roy. Siegfried and Roy : Mastering the Impossible. W. Morrow, 1992.

Fischbacher, Siegfried, Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, and Rick Tess. Siegfried & Roy : A Life of Magic.   Merenberg, Germany : Zyx Music, 1999.

Fishgall, Gary. Gonna Do Great Things : The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.   Scribner, 2003.

Gans, Danny. The Voices in My Head : A Story of Triumph over Tragedy and Beating the Odds in Las Vegas.   Stephens Press, 2009.

Haygood, Wil. In Black and White : The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.   Random House, 2003.

Hickey, Dave. Liberace, a Rhinestone as Big as the Ritz.  Bukamerica, inc, 2005.

Horowitz, Susan. Queens of Comedy : Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, and the New Generation of Funny Women.  Gordon and Breach Publ., 1997.

Jewell, Derek. Frank Sinatra : A Celebration.   Little, Brown, 1985.

Jillette, Penn. Penn & Teller’s How to Play in Traffic.  Boulevard Books, 1997.

Jordan, Renee. The Greatest Star : The Barbra Streisand Story, an Unauthorized Biography. Putnam, 1975.

Kempt, Hendrik, and Megan Volpert. RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy : Sissy That Thought.  Open Court, 2020.

Knoedelseder, William. I’m Dying up Here : Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era. PublicAffairs, 2009.

Lavin, Suzanne. Women and Comedy in Solo Performance : Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin, and Roseanne.  Routledge, 2004.

Lewis, Jerry. Dean & Me (a Love Story). Doubleday, 2005.

Liberace. Liberace : An Autobiography. Putnam, 1973.

———. The Wonderful Private World of Liberace. Harper & Row, 1986.

Marino, Frank. His Majesty, the Queen. Frank Marino Enterprises, 1997.

Midler, Bette. A View from a Broad. Simon and Schuster, 1981.

Mungo, Raymond. Liberace. Chelsea House, 1995.

Newton, Wayne. Once before I Go. William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1989.

Norman, Philip. Elton John.  Harmony Books, 1991.

Oppenheimer, Jerry. Seinfeld : The Making of an American Icon. HarperCollins, 2002.

Petkov, Steven, and Leonard Mustazza. The Frank Sinatra Reader. Oxford University Press, 1995.

Pyron, Darden Asbury. Liberace : An American Boy. University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Quirk, Lawrence J. The Rat Pack : Neon Nights with the Kings of Cool. Spike, 1999.

Sirett, Paul. Rat Pack Confidential. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002.

Slide, Anthony. Eccentrics of Comedy.  Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Starr, Michael. Black and Blue : The Redd Foxx Story. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011.

Thomas, Bob. Liberace : The True Story.  St. Martin’s Press, 1987.

Thorson, Scott. Behind the Candelabra : My Life with Liberace.  Dutton, 1988.

Zec, Donald. Barbra : A Biography of Barbra Streisand.   New English Library, 1981.

Zehme, Bill. The Way You Wear Your Hat : Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin’. HarperCollinsPublishers, 1997.

Zoglin, Richard. Elvis in Vegas : How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show.  Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Please try to answer these questions about the book you brought down:

1) Who is the audience for this book? Academic, popular, fan merch? 

2) Look in the introduction to see if you can get a sense of the relationship between the author and the performer. This can help you rate the credibility of the book for yourself.

3) Can you find details about the performer's Las Vegas shows? These may help you search more efficiently for reviews or ads or other contemporary evidence.

See if you can find the dates, the hotel or venue, and the exact name of the show.

If the book has an index, you can look there for Las Vegas and it may point you to the page number of the right section.  

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