Friday, September 02, 2011

Tales from Tinsel Town

There's no business like show business, but what takes place behind the scenes once the movie screen goes dark and the theater lights come up? These novels explore some possible scenarios from Sunset Boulevard to the Hollywood Hills.

Celebutantes by Amanda Goldberg
Hollywood during the glitter, glamour, and hype of Oscar week forms the backdrop for the adventures of Lola Santisi, the daughter of Hollywood royalty, and her friends, Kate, a Hollywood talent agent, and Cricket, a struggling model and actress.

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
After personal assistant Hazie Coogan discovers that a new suitor of her boss, movie star Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton, has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death, Hazie realizes she must hatch a plan to save Miss Kathie.

Murder at the Academy Awards by Joan Rivers
While hosting Oscar night on the red carpet, Hollywood personality Maxine Taylor witnesses an actress's suspicious drug-overdose death, which she investigates as part of a plot to separate her daughter from an unworthy boyfriend.

Ten days in the Hills by Jane Smiley
In the wake of the 2003 Academy Awards, a group of friends and family gathers in the Hollywood hills for ten transformative days of love, memories, gossip, movies, and more, including Max, an Oscar-winning writer/director whose career is waning; his lover Elena; his ex-wife, film star Zoe Cunningham; their daughter Isabel; and others.

Poor little B*tch Girl by Jackie Collins
Enjoying power and wealth in their respective positions as a Los Angeles attorney, a senator's mistress and a celebrity madame, three former high school friends find their destinies intertwining with another friend from their teens in the aftermath of a devastating murder.

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