Tag Archives: Hollywood

That’s Hollywood

The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a fictional novel with a lot of action. Set in California during the McCarthy era, its main character Roxanne goes against many 1950’s conventions by opening her own agency for aspiring Hollywood screenwriters. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When You’re a Jet

Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise is an eye-opening look into the life and mission of the well- known actor. Until reading this book, I never realized the author’s many connections to the Chicago area. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Three’s a Crowd

China Dolls by Lisa See is a historical fiction novel.The story begins in San Francisco just prior to World War Two where three young Asian-American women are attempting to pursue their dreams of careers in the entertainment business. The girls … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secrets

The Pigeon Tunnel: stories from my life by John le Carré (David John Moore Cornwall) is an enlightening autobiography written by the well-known author of many popular espionage novels. During a short period in his life, the author was an … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New Girl in Town

Every Frenchman has One by Olivia De Havilland is a memoir written by the well-known American actress who lives in Paris. Dating back to the late ’50’s, it is a lighthearted collection of her observations of life and customs in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Roll Film

Stardust by Joseph Kanon is a mystery novel set in Hollywood soon after the end of World War II. This is a spy thriller which kicks off with a GI named Ben receiving word that his brother Danny, a film director, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

With a Whimper

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan recounts the final years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s personal and professional life in Hollywood. This novel reminded me of a movie entitled Beloved Infidel I dimly recollect from years ago starring Gregory Peck. I did … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments