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    At the start of this book the reader gets the feeling that the author is taking a moment to plug himself and his other work - this would be more effective later when I have had a chance to decide if I like his writing yet, at the beginning it just seems like shameless advertising (but it's his book he can do as he likes). As I read the book I felt it was much more like a very badly structured essay then a flowing novel. Frequently the author introduces some statements, talks about them further adding in direct quotes to prove they are true and then concludes by saying yep, this is how it is - often tacking the conclusion on the end with no timing, direct repetition, and throwing on a sentence to lead us to the next chapter. This actually becomes rather boring, repetitive, and tiresome. I also often had the feeling that all direct quotes relating to a subject were just mashed in together, regardless of whether they flowed together or not, and sometimes directly contradicted one another with no further input of any kind. For the price of this book I expected much more, especially considering it is so old (the almost thirty epub price is outrageous for what it is). If you are a beginner to Midler fandom this will give you some background and quotes. If you have seen and read some of her main interviews, there really isn't anything new here except for some quotes from people who worked with her that talk more about themselves. He also says some things that leave me wondering if he ever watched anything she put on video such as that her character Nanette was the crazy lady with the fried egg on her head and that a scene in The Rose where the manager pours a drink on her head was a re-enactment of a true event. Even his reviews of her music just sound like regurgitated material he read elsewhere. He also writes about her song "Go" Help the Outcasts and comments on her beautiful live singing of The Glory of Love from For the Boys (I suppose the "Go" could be a typo - and you will find many of those in this book - but it would take very little effort on the part of the author to simply look at the track listing of For the Boys and Beaches before incorrectly stating which album a song is from). The number of obvious inaccuracies almost makes you wonder if it's a joke - you really do wonder if this biographer watched or listened to any of her work, or simply read a lot about what other people said and figured he could make a buck. The only reason to buy this book would be to read the quotes from other people, which really just make you want to go out and get their articles and skip this book all together. I never saw the first book, but the repetitive non-flowing nature of this one lead me to believe the author just shoved new paragraphs in when he had new relevant or updated material, with no regard or concern to how it fit in. The best part of this book is his endnotes where you can see a list of material that might actually be worth reading.

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