I like to read authors in threes, finding it’s the best way to get to know them, so discovering Steven Gaines on my library shelf, was quite a coup.
Let’s start backwards with….Simply Halston, written in 1991 about the legendary fashion designer who, in 1990, died of AIDS at 57.
You don’t need to even be into fashion to enjoy this book since it’s about the times this talented though often, self-destructive man lived in.
Characters come to life, or back to life, I should say, like Elizabeth Taylor, Martha Graham, Andy Warhol and Steve Rubell who ruled the infamous disco,
Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Calvin Klein and models of that era are a just a few, in their stunning youth, who strut and stare back at the reader.
Sex and drugs were so rampant in the late 70s through 90s, without anyone ever suspecting a death sentence lurked in the wings.
I read, Simply Halston, in three long, luscious sittings unable to put it down.
What I love about Gaine’s prose is, the ease of it. There’s no strain…no excessive data to clog your mind. It’s like downhill skiing on the page.
It’s summertime after all, and even the most intense reader doesn’t want Tolstoy or Wharton, Vonnegut or even Capote. You want something light and written well to inform, but still, entertain.
I first read Fools Paradise, the history of Miami Beach that had me by the short hair. Next came his number one bestseller, Philistines at the Hedgerow, a hot history of the Hamptons with all its noir lore.
Obsession, a hardy bio of Calvin Klein came next before Roy Halston spent the weekend nesting in my lap.
It’s gossip revealed, but wrapped in nice fabric, not like reading The Star or National Enquirer. The people he’s written about do come with a certain amount of legitimate scandal you can’t blame Gaines for.
What always fascinates me reading about the rich and famous, is how the more grace they’re given, the less they seem to have.
If I had read Simply Halston earlier, it would have led my summer book list.
https://athingirl.com/2016/03/23/ Susannah’s summer reading list.
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