The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe

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Simon & Schuster
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6.5 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Helene Stapinski is the nationally bestselling author of three memoirs: Five-Finger Discount, Murder in Matera, and Baby Plays Around. She writes regularly for The New York Times; her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, New York magazine, Travel & Leisure, and dozens of other publications. She teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn. Bonnie Siegler is the founder and creative director of award-winning, multi-disciplinary graphic design studio Eight and a Half. The author of Dear Client, a guide for people who work with creatives, and Signs of Resistance, a visual history of protest in America, she taught design in the graduate schools of Yale University and the School of Visual Arts for many years. She lives in Connecticut.
"The American Way reads like a Michael Chabon novel inspired by a Billy Wilder or Ernst Lubitsch movie, only all the more remarkable because every bit--the plot twists and coincidences, the thrills and chills--is true. It's a fresh, intimate tale of immigrants reimagining their lives, the invention of superheroes, resistance to fascism, and sketchy mid-century bebop glamour. Such a pleasure!"
--Kurt Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fantasyland
"In this vivid, surprising, and entertaining book, Helene Stapinski and Bonnie Siegler take us straight into the heart of what Henry Luce called 'the American Century' in an improbable but true tale of the rise of comics, of Hollywood, and of New York, a tale of immigrants and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Illuminating and engaging, The American Way is a story you couldn't make up--but thankfully, you don't have to, because here it is."
--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America
"Warmhearted and lyrical, Stapinski and Siegler trace a refugee family from Nazi Berlin whose narrow escapes, clever deceptions, hard work, dumb luck, and bottomless dreams are as iconic as the great American myths they touched."
--Sarah Rose, national bestselling author of D-Day Girls
"A fast-moving American epic with a cast of refugees and starlets, publishers and bootleggers, comic-book creators and sports legends."
--The Washington Post
"Colorful. Punchy. Stapinski and Siegler stitched together a cast of... figures and events from several recurring threads: Jewishness, New Yorkiness and, as their title indicates, a singular, striving, midcentury Americanness."
--The New York Times Book Review
"An extremely fun read."
--PRINT Magazine
"A beautifully hopeful tale about what it means to live the American dream, how ordinary people can become real-life superheroes, and the serendipitous ways in which strangers impact our lives."
"Inventively structured, ceaselessly surprising and ultimately spirits-boosting.... [Stapinski and Siegler] write with a zippiness and awe befitting tales of superheroism by the caped and capeless alike."
--Shelf Awareness
"A necessary and beautifully told story of struggle, compassion and serendipity that reaches out to us across the generations."
"People always say 'real life is stranger than fiction, ' but never has a book proven that phrase more than Helene Stapinski and Bonnie Siegler's The American Way."