The bullfighter checks her makeup: my encounters with extraordinary people

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, Jan 8, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 313 pages
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The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects—from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the 1960s girl group the Shaggs).

Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. And one championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a lot like Bill Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of eccentric and extraordinary characters—like Cristina Sánchez, the eponymous bullfighter, the first female matador of Spain—and writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they’ve met each and every one of them.

The result is a luminous and joyful tour of the human condition as seen through the eyes of the writer heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a “journalist dynamo.”

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Review: The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People

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I got to page 167. I have been chipping away at this for a very, very long time, wondering why I couldn't get through it. I still don't know, but I'm throwing in the towel. It can't be Susan Orleans ... Read full review

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Wonderful amusing portraits on silk - delicately and ironically crafted. Great read. Read full review

Contents

THE AMERICAN MAN AGE TEN
3
MEET THE SHAGGS
15
SHOW DOG
27
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. Her articles have also appeared in Outside, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Esquire. She is the author of Saturday Night, a New York Times Notable Book of 1990, which, in the words of Entertainment Weekly, "calls to mind Damon Runyon, Evelyn Waugh, and screwball comedy." She lives in New York City.

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