Thursday, December 17, 2009

Swans and Pistols

Leon Bing is a wonderful writer. And model beautiful, with good reason. She was a model in the Rudy Gernreich era. In her book "Swans and Pistols:Modeling, Motherhood, and Making it in the Me Generation", she tells her own story, of a childhood living with relatives, boarding school, modeling, Bloods and Crips, and all. She became a journalist, after her modeling career, after having heard for years that she should be a writer. She seems to have had a tough time dealing with the emotions surrounding her mother, as so many of us do, but shows grace and love when writing about her.

Whether writing about homeless teens, or gang members, she really connected with the folks she was writing about. She connects here as well.

She is unflinching when writing about living with a cocaine dealer, the shady characters, the stars, the fascinating people she has met over the years. I envy her, the friends she has, and I admire the choices she has made. Her much younger love, later in life, show how young at heart she is, and man, is she ever beautiful.

This is a no holds barred autobiography, that will hold your attention and pull you into a world few ever get to see.

I received this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers for review.


  1. This sounds like a fascinating writer and an interesting autobiography. Thank you!

  2. Wow- sounds really terrific! thanks for the review!

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