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Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Nearly thirty-three years after his death, Elvis Presley's extraordinary physical appeal, timeless music, and sexual charisma continue to captivate, titillate, and excite. Though hundreds of books have been written about the King, no book has solely explored his relationships with women and how they influenced his music and life—until now.

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ebook, 720 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published December 16th 2009)
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Sara
This book is an exhaustive look at the love life of Elvis Presley. The first third of this book is absolutely fascinating. The middle is a bit tedious, and the ending sad, as Elvis' ending was sad.

I am not sure how I felt about all of the psychobabble quoted in here, by docs that study the phenomenon of "Twinless Twins" (of which Elvis was). While that might explain some of his dysfunction, I have a hard time with it because Elvis was well, Elvis. No one's life was like his, the insanity of it a
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Anina
Have you ever found yourself wondering how normal Elvis's bedroom demeanor was? Well this book is for you. And not to spoil anything, but the answer is, not very normal! The hard part of any Elvis bio is when you get to the last few years and he just cracks up. You have to try not to feel like a bad person when you call up your friends to let them know Elvis wore diapers for a few years. Oh well.

And I am taking off one star for the teensy teensy type and rambling paragraphs. That's really not c
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Shahrun
This was such a fascinating book to read. It took me ages longer than it should have, because I kept on stopping to look up pictures (relating to the text) or for verification of what I was reading. This book is like everything you have ever read about Elvis and then some all contained in one place. And as an added bonus, with gorgeous pictures of him on the cover. I also loved all the pictures in the book (at the start of every chapter as well as a photo album section). My only complaint about ...more
Cherie Reeves
This book absolutely distressed me! I grew up in an environment where Elvis was the ONLY singer in the world. That's the only records played, all year long. He was KING. I can remember how upset my mother was when he died. So, I decided to read this book.

Obviously, I know Elvis was a player. His sexuality, presence on stage, and charisma left no doubt. But I had no idea that he slept with the entire female population of the United States and Germany! The worst part was he'd be in a committed rel
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Dara
This was SO UNBELIEVABLY LONG. And monotonous. It's basically "and then he slept with this teenager. Then he slept with this teenager. And then this one." For 600 pages. With some pseudo-psychologist "he liked uniforms, for he was a TWINLESS TWIN" stuff thrown in with basically zero context.
gloria segal
The real Elvis

Like so many I had a great fascination with Elvis.
I saw him in concert 6 times,the last being the year he died.Seated right next to the stage and had verbal interaction with him.It was very disheartening to see him and what had become of the legend. I have read numerous books about him and was compelled to read this one.
The most forthright and truthful novel that has ever been written about him.
This book did not make me like him less,but gave insight of the demons he created and d
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Kristine
Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him by Alanna Nash, a Kindle book I began reading on August 17th. I chose this book because, dur, I was in the mood for another biography, but also because it has the light tone of an expose (expo-zay, mind you) and because the title sounds deliciously naughty and very Elvis.

I was very thankful that the format of this book was not setup as a literal to-do list of girls and women; a dossier of who did what for how much when over the co
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Amy Wroble-madary
I truly enjoyed most of this book. I have become somewhat of an Elvis fanatic, and I have been reading quite a bit on him lately. I gave this 4 stars and stated that I enjoyed "most" of the book because to be honest, it was a bit long. I've could've done without all the analyzing by the psychology experts. I just wanted to know all the juicy details of the sex-god that Elvis was! And to the other reviewer of this book - no where did I read that Elvis wore diapers - I was quite relieved, but also ...more
Christina
After reading this book I feel like I know every intimate detail of Elvis's life, about every girl that ever crossed his path and the psychological reasoning for everything. While I admire the author's desire to be thorough, I think this book could have cut down about 350 pages and been much more tolerable. In the beginning, I was intrigued and interested, and my codependency longed to care for Elvis the way no one else could, but by the end I was just thinking what a sad mess his life was and t ...more
Ali
This book is a truly worthwhile read, especially for people who know very little about the behind the scenes Elvis. In the book it is discussed that the King of rock and roll was really a very sensitive man, dedicated to his mother, and shaken psychologically throughout his life by the loss of his twin brother. It gives deep insight into his drug use and downward spiral into depression later in life. Most of all, it talks about the ultimate ladies man. This middle part of the book gets a little ...more
Mackenzie
Although there exists a fascination with the life of Elvis Preseley this book fails to satisfy that fascination and has a prolonged tendency of being incredibly dull. I would not recommend this book to anyone. On a regular basis I fly through books even those that I am not completely enthralled with, however, with this book I failed to become even mildly enthusiastic about opening this book up during any available time in my day. Should you wish to learn more about the life of Elvis Presley I wo ...more
Michelle Only Wants to Read
Interesting book, but about 100 pages too long. I was turned off by the pseudo-psychological analysis of the "twinless twin", to be honest. I think the book describes someone who would fit quite well the criteria of an individual with a narcissistic personality disorder. The writing was confusing at time, and it didn't flow well in some chapters. I love Elvis, and I like books that keep it clean and balanced telling the story as it was. I give the author credit for that. Elvis' story is sad and ...more
Natalie
A bizarre look into Elvis's "mommy-complex" and "Madonna complex" with women and the close relationship with his mother, Gladys.

What makes this Elvis biography a cut above, is that it also consults psychologists to get at the heart of Elvis' complicated view of women.

The sheer VOLUME of his many affairs and girlfriends is a bit dizzying. You wonder where he ever had time to write songs.

Still, it's an excellent biography, and you feel so badly for him and how he was taken advantage towards the en
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Alan
Most Elvis books these days have little to say or say little that is interesting. Frankly, if it doesn't talk about the music as a legacy, then it is scarcely relevant. Alanna Nash is the exception, and each of her books on Elvis manages to talk about Elvis' inner world as a sort of clue about his creativity (or lack of it). Like Greil Marcus, she gets Elvis, sees his weaknesses, makes them relevant. Read it, then go away and listen to all the Elvis you can lay your hands on.
Kristin
When I finished reading this book, for one, I felt saddened by this man's empty-of-real-love life, and secondly, DANG that's a lot of women. The book was almost overwhelming at times and jumped from situation to situation. It didn't flow very well, but at the same time was still a fascinating look into the King's personal life, and all the women who loved him. I honestly believe he loved them in return. He just couldn't give it to only one woman. Not even his mama.
Rebecca Woodall
Read this book as it was leant to me by a fellow book-clubber & Elvis-lover with the sentence "you must read this book!" Along with the statement "I don't like him very much right now, he sure didn't treat women very nicely!". That much wasn't a surprise to me although I didn't know the extent of his juggling! This book felt like an honest non-biased look at this life struggles, not just the women who loved him.
Rachel
I'm really enjoying this book. I never knew Elvis had a twin, I never knew he was abnormally close to his mother. It really gives you a behind the scenes look at the shy boy who became a legend.

I really liked this book. His death was a little anticlimatic which I understand because they were focusing more on the women in his life. The description of his mother's death was heartbreaking though.
Rebecca
You don't have to love Elvis to find this book interesting and entertaining. I learned a little trivia and a whole lot of psychological weird stuff about him. Great interviews with family members and former employees, and especially his women. He was a serial womanizer - Tiger Woods is an amateur compared to Elvis.
Paul Kyriazi
I've read maybe 30 Elvis books, and this one has lots of bonus information that the others don't have. Even though it is advertized to be about 'Elvis and his women', it's actually a very detailed and good biography.
Deborah Hart
Who knows how much of the book is factual but it was a fun and sometimes quite sad read, for Elvis fans. Tiger will never catch this guy if all is true! And Priscilla? Well wonder about all that too!
Jon D
Alanna did a great job of making this aspect of Presley's life and career interesting and insightful from start to finish.
Georgiann
Good book...although, I didn't really learn anything new, seemed to be favorite Elvis stories rehashed all into one...
Vallin
Feb 07, 2011 Vallin is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The KING and his women. What more needs saying? I'm 53 pages in, and I can't put it down.
Mama
Loved this! No 4 or 5 cause not literary triumph but GREAT! I love the king!
Rachael
Became tedious once he met Priscilla. Fascinating but sad life.
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