Lucy A To Z

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Praise for the updated 2012 Kindle edition of Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia

"Very important. Fresh insights. The most detailed-and most enjoyable-book available on Lucille Ball. A must-have."

-Laura Wagner, Classic Images

"As we are producing the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special, [Lucy A to...

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Overview

Praise for the updated 2012 Kindle edition of Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia

"Very important. Fresh insights. The most detailed-and most enjoyable-book available on Lucille Ball. A must-have."

-Laura Wagner, Classic Images

"As we are producing the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special, [Lucy A to Z] has been a godsend."

-Lucie Arnaz, 2001 letter to author

"[Lucy A to Z is a] compound of insight, fact, and trivia."

-Stefan Kanfer, author, Ball of Fire

"This new Fourth Edition of Lucy A to Z is a wonderful read and I'm very pleased to recommend it to everyone."

-Wanda Clark, Lucille Ball's personal secretary

"If you need any 'splainin' about Lucy' life and career, you'll find it here!"

-Craig Hamrick, author, The TV Tidbits Classic Television Trivia Quiz Book

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Editorial Reviews

Laura Wagner
A personalized encyclopedia can be found in the substantial, and very important Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia, Third Edition, by Lucy expert Michael Karol. This is quite simply THE volume to get if you're a Lucy fan. Don't even hesitate. No photos, but packed with incredible tidbits about not only Lucille Ball, but also Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance. Entries include ones on co-stars; writers, directors, books devoted to or featuring Lucy; films (with comments, reviews, trivia, etc.); stage info (for Lucy and Vance); TV shows; a list of magazine covers (with details - her numerous appearances on TV Guide have a separate listing); tributes; a list of ads Lucy appeared in; U.S. Postage stamps; quotes about a variety of subjects (even one abouther favorite food); her FBI file; a fascinating write-up about artwork pertaining to Lucy; and just tons more. I was surprised about some of the more obscure facts, and the details that accompanied them. The entry about the play based on Ball, Nobody Loves an Albatross, was fascinating, The section about the guest stars on Lucy's TV shows was very good, especially the story about why Joan Blondell didn't get along with Lucy. The author even has Lucy, Desi, Vivian Vance and William Frawley's social security numbers! Now that's complete. This is the most detailed - and most enjoyable - book available on Lucille Ball. A must-have. Karol combines his own fresh insights and interviews with everything else out there. Results should more than satisfy Lucy fanatics.
— Classic Images, September 2004:
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595297610
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2004
  • Edition description: 2008 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 657,432
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    For my money, the best book on Lucille Ball Out There!

    Everything you could ever want to know about Lucy...in one place! I bought a copy of the second edition a few years ago and liked it very much, but I was disappointed that there were no pictures inside. Well, the author has taken care of that in this new fourth edition, and then some! There are lots of pictures, many of which I haven¿t seen before. The cover photo alone is a real knockout! Not only that, but the book size is bigger and there are many more new entries. It looks like it has been totally redesigned. And if you ever needed to find out anything about Lucy, it¿s an encyclopedia format, so just look alphabetically (there¿s also a huge index). I love Lucy, and I love this book! Highly recommended.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    Satisfying Bio on Lucy and Desi; Cool Format

    I've always loved Lucy and Desi, and this book is jam-packed with information on their lives. It is also extremely well-written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001

    Lucy A-Z

    I was so excited to read this new book on Lucy. It was wonderful, I loved the format in which it was written, it was very witty and the author showed his superior knowledge of Lucille Ball. There are many books on Lucy but this is a must!!!!! It will be read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Lucy a to Z

    Lucille Ball fans (and who out there isn¿t one?), rejoice! There¿s a new book out celebrating the life of the world's most popular comedienne, and in a never-before-seen format: Here's ¿Lucy A to Z.¿ The year 2001 is the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of ¿I Love Lucy,¿ the world¿s most popular sitcom. But what more can be said about Lucille Ball¿s career? Actually, according to this book, quite a bit! The author has found a unique perspective, a format that differs from other Lucille Ball biographies that I¿ve read, and one that encompasses both facts about Ball¿s life and the author's personal opinions. The one thing Lucy fans have in common is a thirst for knowledge about Lucille Ball. The author has created an ¿encyclopedia¿ to satisfy that thirst. ¿Lucy A to Z¿ covers all aspects of Lucy¿s unique Hollywood career: she moved from model to showgirl to movie bit-player to supporting actress to Queen of the `B¿ pictures, to radio star, television legend, studio head, and beloved American icon. Arranged alphabetically are entries covering the major aspects of Ball¿s life, her co-stars and her career. The ¿encyclopedia¿ format of ¿Lucy A to Z¿ makes it easy for you to speed to the topic(s) in which you¿re most interested. You may disagree with some of the opinions, but I always found them interesting. ¿Lucy A to Z¿ is a treasure of interesting facts, some minutiae, Lucy lists (of her TV Guide and other magazine covers, for example), a bit of biography here and there, even some haiku. But ultimately ¿Lucy A to Z¿ celebrates Lucille Ball¿s real legacy: the gift of laughter. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Lucy a to Z

    ¿If you need any ¿splainin¿ about Lucille Ball¿s life and career, you¿ll find it here!¿ ¿ Craig Hamrick, author of ¿The Dark Shadows Collectibles Book¿ and 'Big Lou'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    If you love Lucy, you'll love this book!

    Excellent book! A must have for any Lucy fan!!!

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