Watching famous folk saunter down the red carpet at the Oscars may have you wondering what movie star life would really be like. And while gossip-filled magazines can give you a taste, who could pass up a big juicy novel? Enjoy these titles that shine a spotlight on the lifestyles of the faux and famous.
A staff favorite at CML, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a captivating tale that cuts back and forth in time between an innkeeper who meets a 60s American starlet in a remote Italian village and disenchanted studio execs in a present day Hollywood movie studio.
A young Chinese-American boy in a Seattle orphanage is convinced the beautiful movie actress he sees on screen during an outing is really his missing mother in Jamie Ford’s depression-era Songs of Willow Frost. Fans of Ford’s previous book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet will find much to love in his new novel.
In Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone, a young wife with secret motivations agrees to serve as an aspiring teenage actress’s chaperone in New York City during the summer of 1922. While based on the early life of real-life silent film star Louise Brooks, the story focuses more on her companion.
And for a darkly funny look a the future of fame, try Losers in Space by John Barnes. A band of teen celebutantes, desperate to up their fame rankings, cook up a surefire publicity stunt- stowing away on Mars-bound spaceship. There’s only one problem: one of their number is a sociopath bent on thinning the ranks.
~Hooray for Hollywood! Laura T.~