Like the novel Ragtime, Dream Lucky weaves in a number of real life events and personalities — — including Mae West.
• • The time: 1936-1938. The mood: Hopeful. It wasn't wartime, not yet. The music: The incomparable Count Basie and Benny Goodman, among others. The setting: Living rooms across America and, most of all, New York City.
• • Dream Lucky covers politics, race, religion, arts, and sports, but the central focus is the period's soundtrack — — specifically big band jazz — — and the big-hearted piano player William "Count" Basie. His ascent is the narrative thread of the book — — how he made it and what made his music different from the rest. But many other stories weave in and out: Amelia Earhart pursues her dream of flying "around the world at its waistline." Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., stages a boycott on 125th Street. And Mae West shocks radio listeners as a naked Eve tempting the snake.
• • Author Roxane Orgill has written a number of notable books for children and young adults.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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