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The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012
 
 
Author
William McDonald, ed. Pete Hamill, foreword.
Publisher Workman  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780761165767
Pages/Publication Date 590/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31021
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The direct predecessor to The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries, the Annual for 2012 collects nearly 300 of the best New York Times obituaries from the previous year (which for arcane editorial reasons was actually August 2010 through July 2011). A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist as well as the obituaries editor at the Times since 2006, William McDonald knows a good story when he hears it, especially if it already has an ending. Here he offers a compelling, addictive-as-salted-peanuts "who's who" of some of the most fascinating people of the 20th century. Each entry is a jewel—a miniature, nuanced biography—filled with the tidbits we love to know and the surprise and serendipity of life. There's David L. Wolper, the producer of Roots, and the story of how he got his start purchasing film footage from Sputnik. Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln changed from glamorous performer (she once owned a dress of Marilyn Monroe's) to civil rights activist (she burned the Monroe dress). Owsley Stanley, the quirky chemist who perfected LSD, blamed a heart attack on the fact that his mother made him eat broccoli as a child. And Patricia Neal, remembered as a movie star, led a far more surreal private life filled with tragedy, adversity, and incredible professional ups and downs.

"Sometimes the best part of a show is the curtain call, when the job is done and the actors bask in their well-deserved accolades. Here is a wonderful book filled with curtain calls. Count me among those on my feet and applauding like mad."—Stephen King

 
 
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