"Not at all the average fan tribute, The Importance of Being Barbra mixes milk-and-honey admiration with bracing shots of vinegar. Tom Santopietro 'gets' his idol-loves her for what she is, understands what she is not (but still could be!). His book is smart, funny, right-on. An encyclopedic must-read for anybody who has pondered the greatness, perfection, and oddities of Miss Streisand."
-Liz Smith, New York Post columnist
"An astute and thorough analysis of Streisand's career told in a brisk and engaging style while carefully establishing Streisand as a major cultural icon."
-A. R. Gurney Jr., author of Love Letters and Scenes from American Life
"For both fan and non-fan this is a fast-paced examination of a superstar's career. A great read."
-Bob Avian, Tony Awardwinning choreographer of A Chorus Line and Ballroom
"Tom Santopietro's [The Importance of Being Barbra is an] encyclopedic but wonderfully entertaining account of Barbra Streisand's career, one 'unparalleled in the history of show business.' Who could argue? Who could resist?"
-Jay Presson Allen, screenwriter of Cabaret and Funny Lady
"Here at last is a book that treats Streisand like the remarkable artist she is. Not just for fans."
-Jeanine Basinger, author of American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking