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Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him Hardcover – 5 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 684 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (5 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061699845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061699849
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baby, Let's Play House A genuinely new approach to Elvis, investigating the central aspect of his music and personality. Full description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chiang Mai on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Baby Let's Play House, Alanna Nash

Pleasure and Pain... Salaciousness and Sadness...

The unique journey of Elvis Presley and his women as documented by Alanna Nash the respected and well-loved author of other Elvis works such as `The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (2003)' and `Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia (1995).

Written in a Alanna's typical `hard to put down' style this book is as important, in its own way, as Guralnick's `Last Train to Memphis' (1994) and `Careless Love' (1999) cataloging the King's descent into self gratification...

...and what a journey it is - this book documents the women (and girls) that won Elvis's heart - albeit only for short periods of time. As Elvis's fame and talent grew so did his desire for `young' girls - some of it out of his `Mother' complex and some out of pure lust - many were underage.

It is important to put all this into context and Alanna does beautifully, detailing his meteoric rise from Tupelo to Vegas and detailing his conquests and loneliness along the way. His love for his Mother, his `loss' of his twin - all laid out in a clear writing style that one can only admire and written by a true Elvis fan, a fan who is incredibly `honest' with the reader - and we should thank her for that honesty and integrity

The reader is taken by the hand and led upon this journey which is largely a sad one about Elvis's inability to end his loneliness and find real love (after his Mother) and about his indulging of his every whim - even when it was with underage girls - justifying it always, as only Elvis could, and ensuring that he could not be challenged, even by his Father because... he was Elvis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Watts on 15 Mar. 2014
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I have bought all Alanna's books and enjoyed everyone, I loved (Baby Lets Play House) i could not put this book down, i was really sad when it ended, it wasn't just about elvis, it was how life started out for both his parents Gladys and Vernon. Tradgedys that happened through there lives..there are many interviews with lots of the women in elvis life, he was looking for something in my opinion he didn't find complete fulfilment in, i found him to be a sad man in the way he could never settle with just one women...i read it with a open mind like i do most books but found this book to be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth..and know other book will come close to it.

Thank you Alanna

Jeanette x
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A very thorough and well researched book, If you're an Elvis fan, you may not want to read this because what comes through loud and clear are Elvis' insecurities.
He preferred making love to young virgins so they couldn't compare his performance with another mans, he worked incredibly hard to have a 20 year old girl in bed with him, so he did not spend 1 night alone in bed, even if it meant having 5 girlfriends at the same time.
Even sadder is the fact that Linda Thompson left him for David Briggs (understandable when your sleeping partner wets and soils his bed and has to have a towel wrapped around his buttocks at night.)
Ginger Alden is a puzzle - she hated going on tour or staying at Graceland with him, she got a lot of cars and jewellery from him, but in the last year of his life, it is very unlikely they had a physical relationship due to Elvis' deteriorating health.
Ginger may have been a vain attempt by Elvis to reclaim his youth, it backfired, because when he died - the Alden's sued Elvis' estate and made him pay the mortgage on the Alden's property.
All in all, women loved Elvis, and were loyal to him - but he didn't love them back and frankly played them.
He wrote tearful letters to Anita Wood from Germany asking her to wait for him and he was dating priscilla, then with Priscilla holed up in germany or graceland he enjoyed himself with Ann Margret or Linda Thompson.
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There seems to have been a never ending stream of books on the life of Elvis Presley published, most of them just go over the same exhausted subject matter again and again. Alanna Nash's, Baby Let's Play House, is a stand out Elvis book, one of the very best. The author has had the ingenuity to come up with a new theme which is unique to all the other books about Elvis. The theme, of course, explores the intimate love life of Elvis Presley in an excellent thoroughly researched book written in a very engaging style which makes it hard to put down. The book includes a lot of psychoanalysis on his relationships with women which give the book an extra edge. His relationships often have complexes and Freudian themes attached.
Elvis liked young girls, but his involvement with underage girls never went past the flirtation stage, he always kept within the boundaries of the law, which shows despite his power and influence he kept his self control. The depth of detail is truly fascinating, by the time you finish the book I don't think there will be much you don't know about this side of Elvis' life. A great original theme written by a master story teller, highly recommended.
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