A.K.A. Lucy

The Dynamic and Determined Life of Lucille Ball

Contributors

By Sarah Royal

Foreword by Amy Poehler

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$14.99

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$19.99 CAD

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  1. ebook $14.99 $19.99 CAD
  2. Hardcover $29.00 $38.00 CAD

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This stunning package offers a rich, intimate, and highly entertaining look at the remarkable life and work of the television pioneer, the First Lady of Comedy, the legend, Lucille Ball—AKA Lucy.
 
Full of fresh perspective, gorgeously designed, and richly informative, this is a book on Lucille Ball like none other. With profiles spotlighting the many different facets of the woman, AKA Lucy details how Ball changed the face of comedy and the entertainment industry. It sheds new light on the star's history, from her childhood through hard-scrabble days trying to make it in show business, falling head over heels in love and embarking on one of the great romances of the twentieth century, to becoming the biggest star in the world, a pioneer in television, and an icon for the ages. Filled with photos and highlighted by bright illustration and design, this is a volume almost as vivid and entertaining as the woman herself.

AKA Lucy is officially authorized by the estate of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

  • "This perfectly supplements the many books about Ball by contributing new insights with heart and humor."
    Library Journal
  • "A substantial tribute to one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century. Pop-culture historian Royal’s picturesque book about Lucille Ball (1911-1989) begins with a reverential foreword by Amy Poehler . . . Making effective use of such visual elements as photos, timelines, pull quotes, and lists, Royal shows how Ball was not just a Hollywood star, but also a modest, hardworking, kind individual.

    A satisfying, brightly colored biography about a comedy legend." 

     
    Kirkus
  • "A.K.A. Lucy would be a fine introduction for readers curious about TV's pioneering comedienne; those already besotted with Lucy will want to pull up a glass of Vitameatavegamin before tucking into delicious esoterica."
    Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review
  • “Fact and television fiction are presented beautifully in both visual and conceptualized chapters making Royal’s book one to remember, enjoy, love and respect while realizing Lucille was of a master class and always will be.” – Rage "Recommends"
    Rage "Recommends"

On Sale
Oct 10, 2023
Page Count
240 pages
Publisher
Running Press
ISBN-13
9780762484270

Praise

  • "This perfectly supplements the many books about Ball by contributing new insights with heart and humor."
    Library Journal
  • "A substantial tribute to one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century. Pop-culture historian Royal’s picturesque book about Lucille Ball (1911-1989) begins with a reverential foreword by Amy Poehler . . . Making effective use of such visual elements as photos, timelines, pull quotes, and lists, Royal shows how Ball was not just a Hollywood star, but also a modest, hardworking, kind individual.

    A satisfying, brightly colored biography about a comedy legend." 

     
    Kirkus
  • "A.K.A. Lucy would be a fine introduction for readers curious about TV's pioneering comedienne; those already besotted with Lucy will want to pull up a glass of Vitameatavegamin before tucking into delicious esoterica."
    Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review
  • “Fact and television fiction are presented beautifully in both visual and conceptualized chapters making Royal’s book one to remember, enjoy, love and respect while realizing Lucille was of a master class and always will be.” – Rage "Recommends"
    Rage "Recommends"

Sarah Royal

About the Author

Sarah Royal is the author of Creative Cursing, Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant, and several mini-kits. Originally from Jersey, she credits the Garden State for her lucrative potty mouth. You’ll most likely find her exploring new neighborhoods in NYC and collecting strangers, or perhaps drinking Negronis and marathoning The Golden Girls for her scholarly podcast. Visit her at sarahroyal.com.

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