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.
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.
"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."
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?
Maggie O'Leary has discovered her secret to success, and it is hidden between oysters and savory cheesecake. As America's Anti-Diet Sweetheart, Maggie has captured the attention of the American population. That is until the phone rings and Mike Taylor, Hollywood's sexiest actor, wants her to come to Hollywood to help him prepare for his upcoming role as a diet doctor.
Libraries are my passion in life. Before I became mayor, I used to sneak out here during lunch time...and I'd go to a corner and take a book -- any book almost -- and read it for a while, and then feel rejuvenated.