Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire
The longtime New Yorker writer--who once spent an evening with Jackie Onassis, smoking cigarettes and talking about men--culls from 20 years of probing and delightful cultural critiques of fashion, its personages, trends and history, to celebrate the lasting significance of its ephemeral qualities.
Judith Thurman is widely regarded as one of the great literary journalists of our time. She is renowned for her style, depth, and penetration of her subjects. Her first major work, the biography of Isak Dinesen, won the National Book Award, was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and served as the basis for the Sydney Pollack film Out of Africa. Her biography of Colette was shortlisted for every major U.S. literary prize, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. It won the LA Times Book Award for biography and the Salon Book Award for biography. She is a staff writer for The New Yorker and lives in New York.