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Summer Lovin'

Ah, the summer fling…as American as baseball and canned beer. Who among us doesn’t have fond memories of that special vacation tryst, the whirlwind romance that lasted a perfect two weeks? But back in the workaday world, the flames often fizzle after a mere fortnight. Why is it so hard to find that special someone who will stoke our coals through the long and lonely winters too?

In Truer Than True Romance (Watson-Guptill), humorist Jeanne Martinet hypothesizes that the search for True Love has been tainted by the misguided notions put into our heads as impressionable adolescents—specifically by the romance comics that flourished from the late 1940s through the ’70s. In this send-up of American pop culture, Martinet cleverly satirizes the idealized love stories of yore by taking the original DC Comics artwork from vintage romance comic books and providing all new word balloons and captions for each story. In Martinet’s hands, the tale once titled, "In Favor of Love!" becomes "My Heart Said Yes–But My Therapist Said No!" The book features ten of these martini-twisted tales, as well as advice columns by such "experts" as Tess T. and Dee Pressen. Their cynical take on getting the guy (or girl) will have you laughing outloud.

With elements of Bridget Jones and Sex and the City plus a dash of Cynthia Heimel, Truer Than True Romance is the consummate guide for the single set. If you’re looking for a summer love affair, take this one along to the beach. You might not land that handsome lifeguard or buxom bikini babe, but you’ll soak up the rays with a smile on your face.

-Joanne O’Day

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Dave Berger and The Sultans of Swing—Doin' The Do!
Blue Lunch—Not Live at the Copa
Blues Jumpers—Royal Motel
Johnny Boyd—The Last Word In
Buddy Blue—Pretend It's Okay
BR549—This is BR549
Dennis Caiazza and Swing Factory—
Liz Callaway—The Beat Goes On
Matt Catingub's Big Kahuna and The Copa Cat Pack—Shake Those Hula Hips!
Cocktail Angst—Big Top Parade
Gerard Carelli—Lucky To Be Me
Rebecca Kyler Downs—
Love Me Like Candy
Gas Money—Hopeless Love Affair
The Good Fellas—Salute!
Charlie Gracie—I'm All Right
Wayne Hancock—A-Town Blues
Skip Heller—Jazz From Hell(er)
Jools Holland—The Swing Album
The Jaztronauts—Swank
Jump 4 Joy—Cutest Lil' Boogie
KGB Swing—Proletarian Swing
Laika And The Cosmonauts—
Laika Sex Machine
Linda & The Big King Jive Daddies—
Linda & The Big King Jive Daddies
Jimmy Luxury—My True Love Is...
Maci Miller—A Very Good Night
Swing Nouveau—Shakin' When Stirred
Alex Pangman—They Say...
The Prairie Cats—'Til the Daytime Fades
Lee Press-On & The Nails—Playing Dirty
Dexter Romweber—Chased By Martins
Frank Sinatra—Sinatra Love Songs
The Stingrays surf Band—
Don't Fear the Reverb
Stardust Records Presents—
Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy
Ron Sunshine & Full Swing—Candy
The Swing-O-Matics—
The Swing-O-Matics
The Swingtips—Roswell
Joe Turley—When The Jitterbug Bites
Mitch Woods—Jump For Joy
Yalloppin' Hounds—New Yalloppin' City

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Dark City Dames
Entering Germany 1944-1949
The House That Jack Built: My Life As a Trailblazer in Broadcasting and Entertainment
Leni Riefenstahl: Five Lives
Making The Wiseguys Weep:
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Truer Than True Romance
My Father's Daughter—Tina Sinatra
Tell It To The Future


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