It was the Great Depression that gave rise to the careers of the country’s most notorious strippers, and here we are in what we’re still hesitating to call a depression, and what’s flourishing? Burlesque! Amid all our steampunkery and broke-assery, a little skin turns out to be yet another recycling from the tin-can ’30s. For a brief window, no one owned the bump ’n’ grind more than Gypsy Rose Lee. In her new book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
, author Karen Abbott
uses too many colons while crafting the story of the girl born Rose Louise Havoc, her sister, June, and her overbearing, torturous stage mother. Abbott reads from the book on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.