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Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy WassersteinWendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein by Julie Salamon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book because I’m a huge fan of Wendy Wasserstein. I remember where I was when I saw Heidi Chronicles. I was touched by the essays in Bachelor Girls–especially the pages about losing a friend to AIDS. Julie Salamon included letters and interviews from all the prominent writers and directors in Wendy Wasserstein’s world. Understanding the collaboration and friendships she had with Christopher Durang, Terrance McNally, and others gave me a real sense of the creative hearts of the time.

That said, I think the beginning of the book is slow. I almost didn’t bother after reading the first few pages. Too much Lola. Even Wendy had too much of her mother. But I kept reading, and Salamon fell away, leaving me alone with her subject. That’s what makes this biography a great read.

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