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Book Review: 'The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup'

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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Susan Orlean
genre:
Pop Culture, Nonfiction, Coffee Table

We gave it an A-

Tired of reading predictable pieces about flavor-of-the-month actresses? Then pick up Orlean’s collection of 20 profiles, culled mainly from The New Yorker, of engaging people — Spain’s first woman matador, a boisterous bevy of Maui surfer girls, and one moody show dog named Biff. Rather than weigh her words down with judgment (though she gives plenty of rope to pop star Tiffany and Yo! MTV Raps‘ Fab Five Freddy), Orlean (The Orchid Thief) depends on her keen eyes and ears. Damned if we learn a thing about what the author feels or values or presumes. It’s fallen Hollywood agent Sue Mengers or Peter Benfaremo, the Lemon Ice King of Corona, who we come to know. And that’s exactly why her profiles are among the best in the business. A-