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Locoland

Bacall, Lauren]; Morris, Chris

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ISBN 10: 088739163X / ISBN 13: 9780887391637
Published by Creative Arts Book Company [Donald S. Ellis], Berkeley, California, 1998
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Wraps; 8vo; pp. 146. Warmly inscribed by the author to Lauren Bacall, "To Betty, What are the odds that two such exquisitely beautiful women would raise two such talented novelists as Steve and myself? Amazing -- but it pales in comparison to the wonderful friendship you and mom have had over the years. I thank you for that. And next edition, I'm demanding a better photo of the author! Love, Chris." Lauren Bacall (born in the Bronx as Betty Joan Perske, 1924-2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. Howard Hawks (director, producer, screenwriter) changed her first name to Lauren, and Perske adopted "Bacall," a variant of her mother's maiden name (of Romanian Jewish descent), as her screen surname. The young Lauren Bacall, worked as an usher at the St. James Theatre, and as a fashion model. She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in "Johnny 2x4." By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village. Though Diana Vreeland is often credited with "discovering" Bacall, putting her on the cover of "Vogue" in 1943, much of the iconography surrounding Bacall she cultivated herself with the help of Nancy Hawks, Howard Hawks's wife, who advised Bacall on clothing, elegance, manners, and taste. Even Bacall's trademark voice required arduous training -- at Hawks's suggestion, Bacall worked with a voice coach to make her voice lower and deeper. Her screen debut as the leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film "To Have and Have Not" (1944) made her an instant star. She married Bogart in 1945, and continued in the film noir genre alongside him in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947), and "Key Largo" (1948). She starred in the romantic comedies "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, and "Designing Woman" (1957) with Gregory Peck. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film, "The Shootist" (1976). Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for "Applause" (1970) and "Woman of the Year" (1981). Bookseller Inventory # JC11772

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Title: Locoland

Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company [Donald S. Ellis], Berkeley, California

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A richly visual hard-boiled thriller that describes a young man's initiation into a nightmare world in Mexico. This suspense/noir title reveals what can happen to you if you don't pay homage to the gods of caution while vacationing in this lethal land.

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A couple of drug-sodden Americans on their honeymoon along with two of the groom's on-the-road buddies provide Morris ample fodder for murder, adultery and pornography south of the border in this careening debut. Narrator Jack doesn't take himself or his bride Franny entirely seriously as he and his stoned hippie pals, George and Al, trip their way through Mexico. Their troubles begin when they pick up a hitchhiker (El Animal) who is a member of the Mexican National Police, and who tries to force his affections on Franny at gunpoint, with violent consequences. The murder is witnessed by a medicine man (Don Roberto) and his dwarf son (Manolo) who offer to get the Americans out of their scrape if Al and Franny (who are having an affair) agree to work in Don Roberto's commune. George and Jack end up back in San Francisco, where they later learn from the FBI that Franny and Al are the main attraction in a bizarre porno film scheme. The plot only grows more far-fetched, as Jack and George are recruited by the FBI to rescue their friends, and the two return to battle evil and mysterious Mexican forces. Morris barely manages to make it all work with his jittery, tongue-in-cheek prose, but many readers will be put off by the sexist descriptions of Franny and gratuitous scenes of pornographic violence.
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