Hooray for Hollywood!

A Cast of Thousands

By Steve Shagan

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Hollywood executives have thought of a stock scam that will make them millions. To help their plan along, they produce a big budget movie that is sure to fail at the box office. So what happens when sure-miss becomes a box office smash?
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A Hollywood Life

By David Freeman

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Biographical novel of fictional screen legend Carla Tate, who goes from child star to sought after actress until her an untimely death at age 39.

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A Way of Life Like Any Other

By Darcy O'Brien

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"The hero of Darcy O'Brien's A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream. His father starred in Westerns. His mother was a goddess of the silver screen. The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta. But his parents' careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up, too.

"Lovesick and sex-crazed, the mother sets out on an intercontinental quest for the right—or wrong—man, while her mild-mannered but manipulative former husband clings to his memories in California. And their teenage son? How he struggles both to keep faith with his family and to get by himself, and what in the end he must do to break free, makes for a classic coming-of-age story—a novel that combines keen insight and devastating wit to hilarious and heartbreaking effect."

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Flavor of the Month

By Olivia Goldsmith

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Rejected by Hollywood as too fat, actress Mary Jane Moran endures a series of operations to reemerge as thin, gorgeous Jahne Moore, and embarks on her new career in Tinseltown. From the author of The First Wives Club.

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Frames, A Valentino Mystery

By Loren D. Estleman

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"Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist. In the surreal world of Hollywood filmdom truth is often stranger than celluloid fiction. When Valentino buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement, he's not really surprised. But he's staggered by a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim’s infamous Greed.

"The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice: solve the murder within 72 hours with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty if slightly flaky young law student.

"Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim’s ghost, Valentino’s madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy. A quirky cast of characters, smart dialogue and a touch of romance make this Estleman's most engaging and accessible novel to date."

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Genuine Lies

By Nora Roberts

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Former movie queen Eve Benedict hires single mother Julie Summers to write her tell-all biography. But Eve knows secrets and someone will stop at nothing to keep those secrets hidden.

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Get Shorty

By Elmore Leonard

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When his client skips town without paying, mobster and loan shark Chili Palmer follows him to Hollywood where he learns that his experience as a crook will more than help him make it in the corrupt movie business.

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Hollywood Hills

By Joseph Wambaugh

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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.
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House of Destiny

By Janet Leigh

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"An unforgettable film star brings readers a compelling novel about the dynamic, seductive world of Hollywood. When the stars of Tinseltown crave adventure, they go to Sun Valley, Idaho, where Jude Abavas is a bellman at the famous ski resort. When Jude meets Wade Colby, the screen's hottest box-office star, a friendship that will forge an empire is born."
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One Day at a Time

By Danielle Steel

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"Coco Barrington was born into a legendary Hollywood family, her last name loaded with expectations. Her mother is a mega-bestselling author who writes under the name of Florence Flowers—and her sister, Jane, is one of Hollywood’s top producers. They’re not your typical family by any means.…Jane has lived with her partner, Liz, for ten years, in a solid, loving relationship. Florence, widowed but still radiant, has just begun a secret romance with a man twenty-four years her junior. And Coco, a law school dropout and the family black sheep, works as a dog walker, having fled life in the spotlight for the artsy northern California beach town of Bolinas.

"But when Coco reluctantly agrees to dog-sit in Jane’s luxurious home, she soon discovers how much things can change in just a matter of days.…It turns out Jane’s house comes complete with an unexpected houseguest: Leslie Baxter, a dashing but down-to-earth British actor who’s fleeing a psycho ex-girlfriend. Their worlds couldn’t be more different. The attraction couldn’t be more immediate."

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