Behind the Burly Q, Leslie Zemeckis and Blaze Starr
Although it's the be-all-and-end-all book on American burlesque, this chatty history offers glimpses of the wild, woolly, wonderful world of sassy ladies, classic comedians, and their straight men.
Who can resist, for instance, this description of dancer Faith Bacon's 1939 publicity stunt, when the woman was arrested "for wearing a skimpy white bathing suit, or leotard, and walking a doe on a rhinestone leash down Park Avenue as an advertisement for her World's Fair appearance." Could this be the infamous shot? Oh, those were the days.