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All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen

By Lisa Cohen

A revelatory biography of 3 glamorous, advanced, smooth women.

Esther Murphy was once an excellent big apple highbrow who dazzled neighbors and strangers with an unstoppable stream of dialog. yet she by no means accomplished the books she was once shriveled to write—a painful failure and but one of those achievement.

The indispensable fan, Mercedes de Acosta had intimate friendships with the mythical actresses and dancers of the 20th century. Her ephemeral legacy lies within the millions of gadgets she gathered to maintain the reminiscence of these performers and to honor the emotions they inspired.

An icon of high fashion and a way editor of British Vogue, Madge Garland held bracing perspectives on costume that drew on her feminism, her principles approximately modernity, and her love of girls. present either vividly and invisibly on the middle of cultural lifestyles, she—like Murphy and de Acosta—is now virtually thoroughly forgotten.

In All We Know, Lisa Cohen describes those women’s glamorous offerings, advanced disasters, and arguable own lives with lyricism and empathy. right away a sequence of intimate pictures and a startling research into variety, superstar, sexuality, and the style of biography itself, All We Know explores a hidden background of modernism and can pay tribute to 3 compelling lives.
All we all know is one of Publishers Weekly's most sensible 10 top Books of 2012

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Old acquaintances and long-lost family members had been crawling out of the woodwork since Confessions, all wanting a piece of me. 15 KA R R I N E ST E F FA N S There were people I thought were my friends who proved otherwise, and a failed relationship that ended early in 2007 left me unsure of myself for a while. I was constantly berated by the public and crucified by millions for living my life much the way men do—without apology or regret. I was being called every horrible thing you could call a woman, every single day.

Aeron was the exact opposite of Wayne. He wasn’t powerful, he wasn’t rich, he wasn’t a star, and by the end of the event at Le Vie L’Orange, he was massaging my feet and I was calling him my husband. The desperation was palpable and the foreshadowing was unfortunate. By the time the sun began to set, the event was nearing its end and I decided it was time to go. Aeron walked me to my car, refusing 16 V I N D I C AT E D to say good-bye, and instead asked me to dinner. ” “Yeah, sure. Just let me run home and change,” I suggested.

Though Wayne and I were in and out of contact at the time, I knew he and Shad were close friends, so I didn’t dare make eye contact or invite conversation. I kept my eyes forward and ignored Shad, but I never forgot him. So, in June, when an acquaintance named Reese mentioned she’d been involved with Shad, my ears perked. She described how they met and their sexual escapades and that now, he was being dismissive. With Wayne long gone and Aeron out of the picture, I was ready to move on and fast.

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