Donna Has Left the Building
From the beloved, New York Times-bestselling author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, comes a hilarious, timely, and big-hearted new novel about rebuilding life in the face of disaster.
Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
“An outstanding fiction debut…Gilman’s numerous strengths are showcased, such as character-driven narrative, a ready sense of wit, and a rich historical canvas” — Publishers Weekly
In 1913, a small child named Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family –only to be crippled and abandoned on the streets of the Lower East Side as soon as she arrives.
Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, Malka is determined to survive through cunning and inventiveness, quietly absorbing the secrets of his trade. When she falls in love with Albert, an illiterate radical, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune. Slowly, Malka transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, whom President Eisenhower christens “The Ice Cream Queen of America” — doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated TV personality.
Spanning seventy years, Lillian Dunkle’s rise is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself — from Prohibition, to World War II, to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet she is nothing like the whimsical, motherly “ice cream lady” she portrays in the media. Conniving,irreverent, and profane, Lillian is an indomitable businesswoman — a complex, modern-dayanti-hero — who prefers a good stiff drink to a sundae. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
An Oprah Book Club recommendation & “Best Books of 2009” — Modern Tonic
In 1986, Gilman and a friend planned an ambitious trek across the globe starting in the People’s Republic of China. At that point, China had only just opened to independent backpackers. Armed with the collected works of Nietzsche and Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, the two young women plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads — hungry, disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, under constant government surveillance, and ensnared in rural China. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism and enlightenment grew sinister — becoming a real-life international thriller that changed them forever.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a powerful, inspiring story for our times –a tale of being thoroughly humbled and helpless, yet surviving. It is also a flat-out page turner told with Gilman’s trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.
HYPOCRITE IN A POUFFY WHITE DRESS
“A deliriously, levitatingly funny memoir” — Kirkus Reviews
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress is a hilarious, nakedly honest memoir about growing up groovy and clueless in New York City. This instant New York Times’ Bestseller documents Gilman’s spectacularly idiotic and unique adventures in growing up — being an uncool white kid in a tough Puerto Rican neighborhood, a teenager throwing herself at a rock star, an ambitious cub reporter discovering that there’s more to the world than her own navel, and a feminist bride having a melt-down in David’s Bridal Salon. These true stories are so engaging, they read like the very best fiction. At turns heartbreaking, insightful, and screamingly funny, “Hypocrite” uniquely chronicles a generation. A book that readers instantly want to read aloud to their friends.
KISS MY TIARA
“Sure, beauty has the power to excite men. But so does a box of donuts.”
Gilman’s debut, the bestselling Kiss My Tiara:How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess is a guide to power and attitude for a new generation, serving up an intelligent alternative to negative messages women get every day from magazines, television, and relatives. Its smart rules for smart women (of all cultures, sexualities, and sizes) combine uncommon wisdom, wit, and practical advice on everything from looks (“Beauty Tips from Mental Institutions”) to politics (“Onward, Vixen Soldiers”). How to turn shopping into a power tool, out-harass harassers, and apply man-catching techniques to salary negotiations — it’s all here.
A must-read for anyone who wants to be mistress of her universe.