‘Mae West & Her Adonises’ — The Life in Her Men

April 6, 2024

If you're a fan of the late, great Mae West, you'll want to seek out the new book Mae West and Her Adonises (BearManor Media), a new biography by Michael Gregg Michaud.

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Unlike the standard bio, the book focuses on West's love affair with, well, love affairs.

A description of what you're in for:

"Being provocative and challenging the mores of society always informed Mae West’s playbook. Her controversial and hugely entertaining nightclub act in the 1950s reminded fans and critics alike that she remained a thoughtful social critic. 'Pushing the envelope' was nothing new for the actress, and was still an effective and memorable gimmick. Her objectification of men — nearly stripped bare from head to toe and paraded around the stage for an audience — was the complete opposite of what had been seen and celebrated before in the fields of live entertainment. Her shameless exploitation of the male body not only titillated the females in her audience, it forever changed the way men were physically objectified in the public eye. 'All this steak,' she would say, 'and no potatoes.'”

The book is filled with info about Mae's stage shows, especially later in her career, which had multiple phases.

There was no one like her, and there's nothing like curling up with a good book about her. After all, a hardcover is good to find.

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