Posted by Nat Bernstein
What's a girl to do at 74 years old with a No. 1 selling album for every decade since 1964 to her name?
National treasure Barbra Streisand is still glowin', she's still crowin', she's still goin' strong: Streisand's longtime manager announced yesterday that the iconic performer is embarking on a North American summer tour this August, beginning in Los Angeles and concluding in Toronto, to herald the release of a new album. Which mean's it's a good time to share the book I have enshrined face-out on my shelves since April:
This black-and-white profile shot is the perfect portrait to grace the Yale Jewish Lives Series biography entitled Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power. Taken from Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller's project to capture the young entertainer over the course of her first five years in Hollywood, the image captures Streisand's distinct appearance and ambition, the face and drive of the woman who inspired and empowered generations of Jewish girls to see themselves as gorgeous, talented, and unconquerably funny. Dedicated to the author's daughters (and son-in-law) and "all those who have ever been told they could not succeed," Neal Gabler's examination of Barbra Streisand's career and legacy highlights how her refutation of conventional standards and expectations "converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsider-ness that would eventually make her the avenger for anyone who felt marginalized and powerless." I feel infallible just looking at her photograph on the book cover.
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