The Puck Stopped Here
Revisiting "Cleo Birdwell" and her National Hockey League memoir.
An Intimate Memoir By the First Women to Play in the National Hockey League
by Cleo Birdwell
If you are looking for signed first editions of the canonical novels of Don DeLillo, you need to be prepared to shell out roughly $375 for White Noise, $200 for Mao II, $175 for Underworld, and $160 for Libra. In contrast, a signed first edition of the 1980 autobiography Amazons: An Intimate Memoir by the First Woman Ever to Play in the National Hockey League, by Cleo Birdwell, will set you back $425. How did an obscure book by a total unknown outstrip four of the most highly regarded works of fiction of the past three decades? Because, as DeLillo cognoscenti know, Cleo Birdwell is Don DeLillo, and ever since the paperback edition of Amazons went out of print in the mid-'80s, he has not allowed the book to be republished, nor has he acknowledged its authorship. This is not likely to change: In the late '80s, when
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