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Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris…

Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living…

by Lauren Redniss

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As always, I am a sucker for a handwritten book. Lauren Redniss uses the ephemera collected by an unconventional and fascinating family to tell a fabulous story of perseverance. Doris Eaton was a Ziegfeld girl, an Arthur Murray dance instructor and entrepreneur, a rancher, and a college graduate in her 70s. I loved the book, loved the story, and can't wait to read her take on the Marie Curie story (her book written after this one_. ( )
  Asperula | Mar 4, 2012 |
Doris Eaton Travis, please don't die! You are my hero. You are actually listed as one of my heroes on my myspace profile. Seriously. I love you. I wish we could tap dance together.
This book is like a scrapbook. I love scrapbooks. They are so scrappy.
The pages that cover the deaths of the other Eatons are very sad, indeed. What tragedy. ( )
  DameMuriel | Jan 26, 2008 |
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The Ziegfeld Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld's stage spectacular, promised the best performers, the most lavish sets, and the most ravishing girls. At fourteen, Doris Eaton Travis became one of these prized beauties.

Over the past century, Doris has performed for presidents and princesses, entertained Gershwin, Lindbergh, and Astaire, starred in silent and talking pictures, bantered with Babe Ruth, offended Henry Ford, outlived six siblings, written a newspaper column, hosted a television show, earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in history, raised turkeys, and raced horses. Doris has lived through it all with utmost grace and strength of character—and never missed a step.

While Today, The Tonight Show, CNN, Rosie O'Donnell, 20/20 and the New York Times have all showcased Doris, journalist and artist Lauren Redniss tells Doris's singular story in an utterly original way. Weaving archival imagery with compelling prose, Redniss has created a narrative landscape that is as surreal and delightful as it is rich with meaning.

Immensely fun, seductive, inspiring, and wise (much like its star attraction, Doris Eaton Travis), Century Girl is an innovation in storytelling. It can be read as a graphic narrative or a historical tapestry, or simply relished for its stunning visual effect.

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A biography of the Ziegfeld star discusses the social and cultural movements that shaped her career, in a portrait that discusses such topics as her entry into the Ziegfeld Follies at the age of fourteen and her interactions with numerous famous figures.… (more)

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