By Margot Mifflin
Updated February 19, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST
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Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan

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Sarah Vaughan was often referred to as the greatest living singer in the world, yet she was frequently overshadowed by the more girlish Ella Fitzgerald. According to Leslie Gourse in Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan, Vaughan was a collection of such paradoxes: She loved to pary by night and sew by day: she was impulsive about men yet lured lovers who could double as managers: she smoked chronically yet sang masterfully until her death at 66 in 1990.”I’m Not sure anyone… knew this woman,” her daughter, Debra, remards,which may explain why this musically illuminating biography is so dispassionate. B+

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