Helene Hanff: A Life
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Helene Hanff: A Life

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The life of Helene Hanff as told to her biographer.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Grand Oak Books (first published December 20th 2010)
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Deborah Markus
This is, quite simply, the worst book ever written.

The only way it could be worse is if the author had plumped for comic sans. Other than an acceptable font, it has every possible flaw.

Ludicrous spelling errors:

Helene finished off the beer in her glass, signaled the waiter for the check, and continued picking at the chow mien.

Her favorite was smoked turkey with Russian dressing and coleslaw on a crusty role.

As for the 1960s British wave of rock that crashed on American shores, in particular th...more
Mari Anne
Seriously disappointed as this "biography" of Hanff left me with more questions than answers. The book also seemingly contradicts itself in several places as at one point it states that she never learned how to drive and several chapters later she is driving. It irritates me that the author also left us hanging as to a lot of this issues in her life. I.E. What the heck happened to her finance? At the end of one chapter he left to go out of town and then not one word is spoken of him in the rest...more
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