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Contents Introduction The Drugstore Goddess In which we are seized by a longing for peroxide, and get locked in the dress-up box. Innocent Blonde In which we meet The Algerian, wander about in flowery fields, and find our first blonde. Oh, That Strawberry Roan In which we are introduced to a blonde horse who leads us to some early conclusions. The Semi-Dior Pivot In which we review our sensitive adolescence and apply gaffer's tape, while Persephone picks a flower. I, Defiler In which we get terribly confused and are thrown out of a very small room. Sun Blonde In which we meet Rita and find ourselves in a tight spot at a banquet. Farrah and the Song Girls In which we remember California, and touch upon the significance of pigs. Apollo in Drag In which we are compared to Miss Rhode Island, wonder about tape measures, and meet a new Sun Blonde. The Armpiece Years In which we descend a crag and give advice. The Dark Side of Blonde In which people jump out of darkrooms, a colorist gets shot, and we think about light and dark. Moon Blonde In which we wish for Mace. Ironic Blonde In which we are invited to a party and a famous person disagrees with us. Jung for Home Use In which the blondes return to the familial table. Old Blonde In which we ponder crones. Fair Fame and the Goat Lady In which we begin our tale just as the book is ending.
Natalia Ilyin has taught courses in American mythic images at Cooper Union and Yale University. She lives in New York City.
M. G. Lord author of Forever Barbie Natalia Ilyin takes a premise as wispy as a strand of baby blonde hair and weaves it into a surprisingly rich and entertaining tapestry. Judith Viorst author of Imperfect Control and Necessary Losses Mix one part Robert Graves, one part Fran Lebowitz, and one part peroxide, and you get this scholarly, slyly funny, and deliciously readable exploration of the ultimate, and not-so-ultimate, meaning of blondeness. Bruce Jay Friedman Funny -- and helpful to those of us who have spent much of our lives trying to puzzle out the insufferable appeal of blondes. Ilene Beckerman author of What We Do for Love and Love, Loss, and What I Wore Natalia Ilyin forever puts to rest the theory of the "dumb blonde." This very witty, very wise book reads as if Mae West, RuPaul, Princess Diana, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and I all had Freud on the couch and were trying to explain to him why he should "lighten up."