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Elaine’s, which has its last last call this Friday morning at 4 a.m., got its start as a writers’ haunt, and more than 100 framed book covers serve as its primary décor. Here, a breakdown of the titles gracing its walls when news of its impending closure went out, along with examples of the works that make up the eclectic collection.



22 BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF ARTISTS, RACONTEURS, AND TORTURED GENIUSES

Memoirs, Tennessee Williams

Is Salami and Eggs Better Than Sex? Memoirs of a Happy Eater, Alan King and Mimi Sheraton

Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, Howell Raines


1 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A RELATIVELY WHOLESOME INDIVIDUAL

I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This, Bob Newhart


1 NOVEL THAT INSPIRED A BRITISH SITCOM

Bless Me, Father, Neil Boyd


1 EROTICA BY A FORMER NEW YORK MAGAZINE RESTAURANT CRITIC

Blue Skies, No Candy, Gael Greene


6 MUSINGS BY OR ABOUT THE CULTURATI

The White Album, Joan Didion

A Kiss Is Still a Kiss, Roger Ebert



12 EXPLOITS OF ALPHA MALES

Cop Without a Badge: The Extraordinary Undercover Life Of Kevin Maher, Charles Kipps

Business Lunchatations: How an Everyday Guy Became One of America’s Most Colorful Ceos … And How You Can, Too!, Bo Dietl with Bob Bly

Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped A Generation Of Investors, Charles Gasparino


1 L.A. MEMOIR

This Terrible Business Has Been Good To Me: An Autobiography, Norman Jewison


1 MAGIC AND SPELLS

Tales of Magic and Spells, Corinne Denan


1 DUPLICITOUS PARENTING

Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road, Susan Konig


17 CAPITAL-L LITERATURE

Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes, Terry Southern

Speedboat, Renata Adler

True North, Jim Harrison



12 SPORTS DISPATCHES FROM, OR NOSTALGIC FOR, THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback, George Plimpton

The Zen of Zim: Baseballs, Beanballs, and Bosses, Lou Piniella and Don Zimmer

Namath: A Biography, Mark Kriegel


10 POP HISTORY

The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Man of the People: The Life Of John Mccain, Paul Alexander



5 OLD-FASHIONED SHOE-LEATHER REPORTING

One Very Hot Day, David Halberstam

The Cell: Inside The 9/11 Plot, And Why The FBI And Cia Failed To Stop It, John J. Miller, Michael Stone, and Chris Mitchell

Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese


2 SOCIETY SCANDALS

Palm Beach Babylon, Murray Weiss and Bill Hoffman

Lindbergh: The Crime, Noel Behn


1 WITNESS-PROTECTION MEMOIRWITNESS-PROTECTION MEMOIR

Never Tell Our Business to Strangers, Jennifer Mascia


7 HERSTORY

It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement, Betty Friedan

Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris and Dr. Herman Tarnower, Shana Alexander

An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick, Hannah Pakula


1 MISSOURI MEMOIR

White Town Drowsing: Journeys to Hannibal, Ron Powers



28 AIRPLANE READS

The Sicilian, Mario Puzo

Murders & Acquisitions, Haughton Murphy

New York Dead, Stuart Woods

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