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The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Author: Judy Doenges
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A beautiful and compelling story of a young girl's struggle to escape a town trapped by conformity and a family on the verge of dissolution


The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Author: Sarah Banet-Weiser
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Sarah Banet-Weiser complicates the standard feminist take on beauty pageants in this intriguing look at a hotly contested but enduringly popular American ritual. She focuses on the Miss America pageant in particular, considering its claim to be an accurate representation of the diversity of contemporary American women. Exploring the cultural constructions and legitimations that go on during the long process of the pageant, Banet-Weiser depicts the beauty pageant stage as a place where concerns about national identity, cultural hopes and desires, and anxieties about race and gender are crystallized and condensed. The beauty pageant, she convincingly demonstrates, is a profoundly political arena deserving of serious study. Drawing on cultural criticism, ethnographic research, and interviews with pageant participants and officials, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World illustrates how contestants invent and reinvent themselves while articulating the female body as a national body. Banet-Weiser finds that most pageants are characterized by the ambivalence of contemporary "liberal" feminism, which encourages individual achievement, self-determination, and civic responsibility, while simultaneously promoting very conventional notions of beauty. The book explores the many different aspects of the Miss America pageant, including the swimsuit, the interview, and the talent competitions. It also takes a closer look at some extraordinary Miss Americas, such as Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America; Vanessa Williams, the first African American Miss America; and Heather Whitestone, the first Miss America with a disability.


Beautiful Girl

Author: Alice Adams
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“Nobody writes better about falling in love than Alice Adams. . . . How can one person know so much?” --The New York Times Book Review With appearances in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Redbook, as well as in the O. Henry Award collections for eight consecutive years, Alice Adams had established herself as a master craftsman of the short story when she published her first collection. Her well-honed skill is on abundant\t display in this collection of 16 wonderful stories that encompass a wide range of mood and situation. All are linked in the delicacy and ease of their unfolding, and in the certitude of their revelations, and in the consistency of their theme: Love. Included are “Winter Rain,” “Roses, Rhododendron,” “Home is Where,” “Jealous Husband.”


Carole Landis

Author: Eric Lawrence Gans
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Despite appearing in twenty-eight movies in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) never quite became the major Hollywood star her onscreen presence should have afforded her. Although she acted in such enduring films as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was most often relegated to supporting roles. Even when she played the major role in a feature, as she did in The Powers Girl and the film noir I Wake Up Screaming!, she was billed second or third behind other actors. This biography traces Landis's life, chronicling her beginnings as a dance hall entertainer in San Francisco, her career in Hollywood and abroad, her USO performances, and ultimately her suicide. Using interviews with actors who worked with Landis, contemporary movie magazines and journals, and correspondence, biographer Eric Gans reveals a tragic figure whose life was all too brief. Landis's big break came in 1940 with Hal Roach's One Million B.C. She appeared in thirteen Twentieth Century-Fox pictures between 1941 and 1946. In 1942-43, Landis entertained troops in England and North Africa in the only all-female USO tour. The trip led to her memoir, Four Jills in a Jeep, and a Fox movie of the same title. After her last American film in 1947, she completed two projects in England while having an affair with married actor Rex Harrison. Tormented by a love that could not lead to matrimony and depressed about growing older, she took a fatal drug overdose on July 5, 1948. Eric Gans is professor of French at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books including most recently The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day, and his articles have appeared in many periodicals.


Beautiful Girl

Author: Fleur Philips
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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager at least for a little while away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne’s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows he1s poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible. USA Best Book Awards: Fiction: Young Adult, Finalist


Beautiful Girl

Author: Christiane Northrup
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Shares an empowering message to young girls that their bodies are perfect the way they are and the changes they experience as they grow are simply a part of growing up.


Beautiful Girl

Author: Elisabeth Ogilvie
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Being beautiful causes all kinds of problems for April, especially when she tries to befriend Phyllis, but eventually April finds friends who are willing to look for the girl behind the pretty face.


Beautiful Girl

Author: Shiloh Walker
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Twelve years ago, Del Prescott was the It girl. You name it, she had it. Money, charm, looks, personality...and the perfect boyfriend to boot. Then Del disappeared to ‘study abroad’, giving no warning to friends or even Blake, that aforementioned perfect boyfriend. TShe’s back now, and not just to celebrate what would have been her ten-year high school reunion. Del’s come to face down her monsters once and for all...and to see Blake Mitchell, the man she never stopped loving. But Blake isn’t the boy she left behind. Twelve years can change a man, and not just because he spent twelve years wondering about her, worrying about her...missing her. Still, as he looks into Del’s eyes, he doesn’t see the smooth, polished world traveler he would have expected. Rather, she’s quieter, darker, sadder and she carries herself in a way that says she’s ready for fight or flight. It’s a look he’s seen before, too. Blake is now the sheriff of the small town where they grew up and the look in her eyes is one he recognizes all too well. But Del is guarding her secrets close and getting her to open up is turning out to be harder than he could have expected. Time is running out and Del must decide on whether to place her trust in the one person who owns her heart and soul. Note: This title has been previously published.


The Story of Beautiful Girl

Author: Rachel Simon
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"The most compelling, resonating novel I've read in years... A breathtakingly beautiful, yet heart-wrenchingly aching story that, despite its cruelty and humanity, uplifts the reader." - Omaha World-Herald NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.


The Bald Boy and the Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Author: H. B. Paksoy
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I have been enjoying teaching for the past three decades. Prior to joining the Baker College family, I served as a faculty member at Ohio State University, Franklin University, Central Connecticut State, University of Massachusetts. Over the same period, my research papers have appeared in more than sixty periodic journals and scholarly collections, in over thirty-five countries situated on all inhabited continents. I also published (as author or editor) fifteen books. I earned my D. Phil. at Oxford university (England) (with a Grant from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom), M.A. at the University of Texas at Dallas (with a National Science Foundation Project Grant Assistantship) and B.S. at Trinity University (with Bostwick Scholarship).