Swans and Pistols by Leon Bing

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Fashion icon, Broadway and Hollywood insider, mob mistress, confidante to notorious gang members of both Crips and Bloods, wife, mother, award-winning journalist, Léon Bing has not followed the typical path through life. From her formative relationship with her mother to her days as a star model to her sisterly relationship with Mama Cass Elliot and ultimate reinvention as the author of the bestselling gang exposé, Do or Die, Swans and Pistols details Bing's always exciting and sometimes dangerous life. In a series of riveting stories of unconventionality, Bing wrestles with the themes of mothers, daughters, and reinvention-a concept inseparable from the experience of her early adult life in the 1960s and the city she called home.
 

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A former model, Léon Bing is the author of Do or Die, a profile of the archrival gangs the Bloods and the Crips, which she wrote after spending extensive periods of time among the two factions. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 1, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A diverting traipse through the world of fashion and film also reveals the struggles of a modern working woman.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Swans and Pistols

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Everyone may have a story in them, but the memoir of former 1960s model-turned-journalist Bing raises the question: does every story need to be told? Bing, who wrote the award-winning gang expos&ea

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