Non­fic­tion

Madam: The Biog­ra­phy of Pol­ly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

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September 1, 2021
Madam is the biog­ra­phy of Pol­ly Adler (19001962), the most infa­mous and inu­en­tial madam in Jazz Age New York. Her 1953 mem­oir, A House is Not A Home, sold 2 mil­lion books and became a 1963 movie star­ring Shel­ley Win­ters. More than a biog­ra­phy, this is a col­or­ful and unusu­al his­to­ry of Jew­ish life told through the per­spec­tive of a good Jew­ish girl” from a Russ­ian shtetl who immi­grat­ed to Brook­lyn, and rose to become the Female Al Capone” and one of the most renowned Jew­ish-Amer­i­can women in the 20th cen­tu­ry. Her broth­els were under­world salons that catered to every­one from the Van­der­bilts and the Rock­fellers to Wal­ter Winchell, Frank Sina­tra, Desi Arnaz, the Algo­nquin Round­table, Dutch Schultz and Mey­er Lan­sky, and, it was rumored, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt. e New York Times Book Review praised Madam as a fast-paced tale of rad­i­cal, will­ful trans­for­ma­tion,” and a breath­less tale told through extra­or­di­nary research.” Deb­by Applegate’s rst book won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biog­ra­phy and she spent the next 13 years work­ing on Madam.

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