Hollywood Fiction

hollywood1Hollywood Wives: the new generation / Jackie Collins

Power! Sex! Money! Fame! The new Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance. Whatever they don’t have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get. Unlike their counterparts in the ’80s, who were happy to give charity dinners and exclusive parties to further their husbands’ careers, today’s Hollywood wives are hungry to create their own identities. Ambitious, young, smart and lethal, the new Hollywood wives are into yoga, fasting, spinning, Pilates, their own production companies, and making things happen.

 

Hollywood Hills / Joseph Wambaugh

A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon an art heist, that’s just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon LAPD veteran “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.

 

Hollywood: a novel of America in the 1920s / Gore Vidal

Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star.

 

My Hollywood / Mona Simpson

Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola – a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children’s education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away.

 

Hollywood Tough / Stephen J. Cannell

At a glamorous Hollywood party with his new wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. Is he serious or joking around with his coterie of hangers-on? This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa’s closest friend.

 

Opportunity Knocks: a novel / Alison Sweeney

Alex Cleary lands a dream job doing make-up for Hillary P. a culinary star with a million-dollar lifestyle empire and reputation for being very challenging. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and provides a steady paycheck. But when Alex inadvertently violates the confidentiality clause of her contract, her dream opportunity turns to dust: She’s on the hook for a million bucks unless she can squash the problem within 72 hours. With help from a Hollywood heartthrob, Alex concocts an elaborate scheme that just might get her off the hook.

 

Monsters: a Love Story / Liz Kay

Aimless and steeped in writer’s block in the months after losing her husband and the father of her children, writer Stacey Lane enters a secret affair with Hollywood star and poetry fan Tommy, who offers her chances to escape into his glamorous world before they are forced to evaluate their growing bond.

 

Stars over Sunset Boulevard / Susan Meissner

When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner takes her on a journey to 1938 Los Angeles where Violet Mayfield first meets the enigmatic Audrey Duvall.

 

Our Town: a novel / Kevin Jack McEnroe

An unseen narrator guides us through the dark fairy tale of Dorothy White, an aspiring actress who “never quite figured how to get out of her own way.” Her perfect marriage to an equally golden actor, Dale, quickly turns into one of jealousy and violence. Dorothy ends the marriage yet begins a legacy of self-destruction for the failed couple, as well as their two children. Our Town is an original and startling debut novel, one whose fresh voice and expert perspective reinvents the Hollywood story for a new generation of readers.

 

City of Echoes / Robert Ellis

On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.

A Touch of Stardust / Kate Alcott

Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick–who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming ‘Gone with the Wind.’ 

Stardust: a novel / Joseph Kanon

Ben Collier has just arrived in 1945 Hollywood from war-torn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died under mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. 

West of Sunset: a novel / Stewart O’Nan

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie.

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