Show and Tell

Show and Tell

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by Nelson George, Dion Graham, Jane Collingwood
     
 

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A DELICIOUSLY EROTIC TALE ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE ENTANGLED BY LUST, VOYEURISM, AND TECHNOLOGY.

Dean Chance is as straight and narrow as a man can be. A segment producer for a popular syndicated talk show, he provides just the right combination of stability and fun for his longtime girlfriend, Millie Jackson. But when the mysterious and sexy Bee Cole struts

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A DELICIOUSLY EROTIC TALE ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE ENTANGLED BY LUST, VOYEURISM, AND TECHNOLOGY.

Dean Chance is as straight and narrow as a man can be. A segment producer for a popular syndicated talk show, he provides just the right combination of stability and fun for his longtime girlfriend, Millie Jackson. But when the mysterious and sexy Bee Cole struts into his life, unleashing Dean's kinkier side, he is forced to re-evaluate everything in his life. And a freaky love triangle unfolds unexpectedly into an even stranger foursome.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of The Death of Rhythm and Blues and Hip Hop America both nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards in nonfiction turns to fiction once again (One Woman Short, etc.), producing a titillating if unsatisfying novel of buppie angst. Set in Manhattan, it opens with a weekend of Godiva chocolates and gymnastic sex in a midtown hotel room and, despite its efforts at social commentary, never climbs much higher. Dean Chance is the producer of a TV talk show on the verge of change: in a quest for higher ratings, the host decides to forgo quality and feature racier program content. Dean's personal life is also about to undergo a major shakeup. Having just proposed to longtime girlfriend Millie Jackson, Dean meets Bee Cole, a take-charge woman in and out of bed, who seduces Dean while Millie is out of town on business. Furthermore, and unbeknownst to him, a fourth party is observing Dean's every move, perhaps even orchestrating his assignations. Meanwhile, in the cybersex world of e-mails and chat rooms, Millie is undergoing her own sexual reawakening. Will Dean and Millie's relationship survive when each learns of the other's escapades? George, also an Emmy-winning producer of HBO's The Chris Rock Show, provides an amusing, behind-the-scenes look at talk-show production, but the "taboo" sexual story line is s&m lite 9-1/2 Weeks territory, and about as provocative as a lava lamp. A glut of coincidences ("yet something about the face was familiar") and clumsy similes ("emasculated tears, like those of an aging athlete realizing the game had passed him by") drag things down even further. The book succeeds in doing what the fictional show within it promises: straddling the line between Springer and Oprah. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This male-authored, African American urban romance novel is virtually a genre unto itself. The narrator and main character, Dean Chance, is a savvy but frustrated TV talk show producer who is engaged to one black woman but becomes intimately involved with another. As in many contemporary romances, all of the women are gorgeous and sexually insatiable, and most of the men are buff, bedroom Olympians. While the novel does introduce us to the eccentricities and local color of late-night and after-hour yuppie (or "buppie") New York (and even to the depressing absurdities of talk show production), it is lightweight enough to make Terry McMillan compare favorably to Toni Morrison which is a shame, because George is a provocative and insightful social commentator on contemporary urban life and African American expressive culture (Hip Hop America). Not recommended, though libraries with large African American collections may want to purchase. Roger Berger, Everett Community Coll., WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ultra-cool black urban professional discovers that sex isn't everything, in a fourth novel by George, better known as a music journalist (Hip Hop America, 1998, etc.). Other epiphanies follow, but first Dean Chance has lots and lots of sex with girlfriend Millie James, a "fine brown lady" who's more than willing to be smeared head-to-toe with melted Godiva chocolate and lovingly licked off. Then, after a post-sex stroll in Central Park, Millie suddenly bursts into tears because she was expecting him to propose. Suave to a fault, Dean makes her wait just a little bit longer before he pops the question. Millie is mollified. Dean is 99 percent sure that she's his one and only, but since he's a TV talk-show producer looking to boost ratings with some surefire sleaze, it's not long before he's tempted to stray. A heavy-breathing interview with a black dominatrix offers a tantalizing glimpse into New York's sexual underworld. A man-of-the-world chat with a swinging black NYU professor who also writes sex books gives him a few more leads, but Dean is distracted by a tawny temptress while buying designer ties at Barneys. Bee Cole invites him into her limo, her apartment, and her bed, where she demonstrates some interesting new ways to knot all that expensive silk. Dean loves the sex but hates himself (sort of) for cheating on Millie and talks it over at the next Knicks game with his buddies. The story gets a little more complicated: Is Millie as faithful as he thinks? Who is the mysterious male stranger in the Internet chat room with that sexy lady? Who made the secret videotapes of Dean and Bee doing the nasty? All is revealed in a who-cares denouement that will surprise no one. Aweirdwhiff of the '60s and scarcely a trace of irony or wit. Cross Austin Powers with Shaft and you've got this unappealing hero

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402538230
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
03/27/2003

Meet the Author

Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.

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