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"Kissing a Frog: Four Steps to Finding Comfort Outside Your Comfort Zone"
by Sharlene Wells Hawkes, 2002
Kissing A Frog

Inspirational advice on life and success from a broadcaster who was Miss America 1985.

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"Miss America Kissed Caleb: Stories"
by Billy C. Clark, 2003
Miss America Kissed CalebA collection of short stories about Kentucky. The title story is about a youth's brief encounter with a famous pageant winner.

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"Live From Atlantic City: A History of the Miss America Pageant Before, After, and In Spite of Television"
by A.R. Riverol, 1992
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"Just for You"
by Jamie M. Swenson, 2000
Cookbook coverPaperpack - published by Creating a Winner, Phoenix, Ariz. Available through www.creatingawinner.com

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"Miss America 1945: Bess Myerson's Own Story"
by Susan Dworkin, 1988.

Out of print.
Hardcover
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"Producing Beauty Pageants: A Director's Guide"
by Anna Stanley, 1989.
Book cover - Producing Beauty PageantsPaperback
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"How to Be a Beauty Pageant Winner"
by Marie Griffing, 1987.

Out of print.
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"The Miss America Cookbook"
by Bill Caligari (Editor), Ann Marie Bivans, 1995.

Out of print.
256 pages
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"The Crowning Touch: Preparing for Beauty Pageant Competition"
by Anna Stanley, 1989.

Book cover - The Crowning TouchPaperback
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"Be a Beauty Pageant Winner"
by Avonne Meeker, 1991.

"Miss America: Through the Looking Glass"  
by Nanice Martin, 1986.

Award-winning work for young people.

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"Pain Behind the Smile: My Battle With Bulimia"
by Leah Hulan (1996)
Book cover - Pain Behind the Smile A former Miss Tennessee and Miss Tennessee USA tells of her problems with a psychological eating disorder.

Paperback - 152 pages
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"Who Would Have Thought. . . "
by Sheri Rose Shepherd (1995)

Book cover - Who Would have ThoughtMrs. United States 1994 discusses her life and career, with emphasis on her Christian beliefs.

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"Yes, You Can, Heather: The Story of Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995"
by Daphne Gray and Gregg Lewis
Book cover - Yes, You Can, Heather

The story of a remarkable pageant winner as told by her mother.

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"Miss America"
by Howard Stern (1995)
Book cover - Miss America Irreverent book by a controversial broadcaster known for his bawdy humor. Not specifically about the pageant business, but the idea of Miss America is partially a theme of this book. This best seller has created an uproar. Many people will find it objectionable, while other will be amused by it, and some may may have both reactions. Not for children.

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Book cover - Miss America First Edition hardcover, 482 pages
Out of print

 "101 Secrets to Winning Beauty Pageants"
by Anne-Marie Bivans (1995)

Book cover - 101 Secrets to Winning PageantsPublisher out of stock
Paperback
, 267 pages
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"Better Bodies for Beauties"
by Michael Fifrick, M.S. (1995)
Book cover - Better Bodies for BeautiesFitness manual for models and actresses by a man who has trained many beauty queens.
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"Twenty Pageants Later"
by Caroline B. Cooney (1991)

Novel for young people.

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"Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown"
by Anne-Marie Bivans (1991)

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"She Walks in Beauty"
by Sarah Shankman (1991)

Murder mystery set at the Miss America Pageant.
Title is from Lord Byron's poem.

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"Hype and Glory"
by William Goldman (1990)

Free-ranging memoir by a famous writer, focusing on his experiences as a judge at the Miss America Pageant and the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times called it "funny, insightful and touching."

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"Becoming a Beauty Queen"
by Barbara Peterson Burwell and Polly Peterson Bowles (1987)

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"The Beauty Pageant Manual"
by Marie Leazer Farris and Verna Meer Slade (1986)

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"The Miss Universe Beauty Book"
by Susan Duff, 1983

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"The World of Miss Universe"
by Ana Maria Cumba (1976)

Out of print
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"There She Is"
by Frank Deford (1971)

Classic look at the Miss America Pageant by one of America's best writers.

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"How to Win Pageants"
by Ginie Polo Sayles

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"The Beauty Queen"
by Patricia Nell Warren (1978)

Book cover - The Beauty QueenNovel of a former beauty queen's clashes with gay rights activists. Obviously suggested by the late '70s controversy involving Anita Bryant, who was second runner-up to Miss America 1959.

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"The Beauty Queen Killer"
by John Creasey (1954)

British murder mystery.
(Original British title: "A Beauty for Inspector West.")

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"The Case of the Lucky Legs"
by Erle Stanley Gardner (1954)

A classic mystery novel about murder at a pageant.

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"Watching the Winners . . . Learning Their Style"
by Shana Gammon (1999)

Book cover - Watching the Winners . . . Learning Their StylePaperback - 100 pages
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"All American Dream Dolls"
by David Haynes (1997)

Well reviewed comic novel with a pageant-related plot.

Book cover - All American Dream DollsPaperback - 285 pages
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Book cover - All American Dream DollsHardcover - 255 pages
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"Beauty Queens: A Playful History"
by Candace Savage (1998)

Book cover - Beauty Queens: A Playful HistoryA good introduction, with some excellent historic photographs.

Paperback - 144 pages
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"Beauty Pageants: Tiaras, Roses, and Runways"
by Judy Alter (1997)

Book cover - Beauty Pageants: Tiaras, Roses and RunwaysA brief history for young readers. 

Paperback - 64 pages
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"Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women"
by Michael Gross (1996)

Book cover - The Ugly Business of Beautiful WomenClassic expose of the glamour industry. 

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"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity"
by Sarah Banet-Weiser (1999)

Book cover - The Most Beautiful Girl in the WorldA sociological look at pageants, especially Miss America.

Paperback - 280 pages
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"The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are used Against Women"
by Naomi Wolf (1992)

Book cover - The Beauty MythA controversial critique of ideas about feminine beauty.

Paperback - 348 pages
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"Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture"
by Kathy Peiss (1998-1999)

Book cover - Hope in a JarPaperback - 352 pages
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Hardcover - 352 pages - publisher out of stock
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"Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery"
by Sander Gilman (2001)

Paperback - 424 pages
Scheduled for publication Janurary, 2001.
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"Are You Considering Cosmetic Surgery"
by Arthur W. Perry, M.D., F.A.C.S., Robin K. Levinson

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"Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery"
by Elizabeth Haiken (1997)

Book cover - Venus EnvyPaperback - 384 pages (1999)
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Hardcover - 288 pages (1997)
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"Real Gorgeous"
by Kaz Cooke (1996)

Book cover - Real GorgeousA practical guide encouraging women to be comfortable with their bodies, no matter what their bodies are like.

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"Splash! A History of Swimwear"
by Richard Martin and Harold Koda

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"Hollywood Poolside"
by Frans Evenjuis and Robert Laudau (1997)

Book cover - Hollywood PoolsideHardcover - 128 pages
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"Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition"
by Lu Parker (2000)

Book cover - Catching the CrownHardcover - 130 pages
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"Justin Rudd's 1,001 Pageant Questions"
by Justin Rudd

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"Listening With My Heart"
by Heather Whitestone, Angela Elwell Hunt (1997)

Book cover - Listening With My Heart Read PNB Review

224 pages
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"Beauty Queens on the Global Stage: Gender, Contests, and Power"
edited by Colleen Ballerino Cohen, Richard Wilk, Beverly Stoeltje  (1995)

Book cover - Beauty Queens on the Global Stage Read PNB Review

250 pages
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"Lost in the System"
by Charlotte Lopez with Susan Dworkin  (1996)

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