Chin Music

Author: Paul M. Levitt
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart
ISBN: 1461663776
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New York City in 1922 saw showpeople like Fanny Brice and Harry Houdini rubbing shoulders with confidence men and bootleggers like Arnold Rothstein, the gambler reputed to have fixed the 1919 World Series. Henrietta Fine, a precocious sixteen-year-old apprentice locksmith, weaves in and out of this world, living by her wits and the double-cross. Her safe cracking skills make her useful to both Houdini and to the wily Rothstein, who provides cover for her after the police implicate her in a diamond heist. Her picaresque adventures take her from the woods of New Jersey, whose secret Indian trails afford escape from red-baiting anti-semtic mobs, to the coves of Long Island, where she becomes a companion of a doomed bootlegger. Drawn with exquisite detail and told in a voice— Henrietta's—that recalls the stylish gossip (or "Chin Music") of the Flapper, Paul Levitt's debut novel will entertain readers with its uncanny evocation of an era when the gangster held a place of celebrity and a teen-age girl could be his unwitting— or outwitting—collaborator.

Come With Me To Babylon

Author: Paul M. Levitt
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826341802
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In 1910 the Cohen family, in search of the Golden Medina, undertakes a dangerous journey from Russia to the United States, where the new world exposes family secrets, cultural conflicts, the corruption of the American Dream, and love's divides. Traveling in steerage to Ellis Island, the family endures the poverty and dirt of New York City and retreats to a farm in southern New Jersey--to find not the agricultural Eden they were promised, but Babylon. Told in several voices, this tale bears witness to a new generation learning to find hope in a land that often sacrifices human decency for profit and greed.

The Jazz Age

Author: Arnold Shaw
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195060822
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Looks at the history of the 1920s, describes the jazz bands and performers who helped shape it, and discusses the important musical developments of the period.

Ella Fitzgerald

Author: Katherine E. Krohn
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 9780822549338
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A biography of the celebrated jazz singer, known especially for her scat singing and "songbook" recordings of the works of many major American composers.

The Great Gatsby

Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Collier Books
ISBN:
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The authorized text which restores all the language of Fitzgerald's 1920's classic story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Weighty Words Too

Author: Paul M. Levitt
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780826345585
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Provides definitions for twenty-six vocabulary words from "aggrandizement" to "zany" with stories containing puns that provide mnemonic devices for remembering the definitions.

Miles On Miles

Author: Paul Maher
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1556527063
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Collects thirty interviews with the jazz icon discussing his music, life, and philosophy.

Me The Mob And The Music

Author: Tommy James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439142646
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Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James’s wild and entertaining true story of his career—part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic—that “reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas” (The Denver Post). Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling as the music itself is the life Tommy James lived while making it. James tells the incredible story, revealing his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records and Morris Levy, the legendary Godfather of the music business. Me, the Mob, and the Music is a fascinating portrait of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock ’n’ roll, when the hits kept coming and payola and the strong-arm tactics of the Mob were the norm, and what it was like, for better or worse, to be in the middle of it.