Hollywood

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The Comeback

Grace Turner – née Hyde -  had it all; or so it seemed.  A Hollywood starlet on the eve of a breakthrough into the serious acting world, she was plucked from England via a stroke of luck at the age of thirteen.  In acting, she found a way to snag the attention of her parents from her newborn s ...

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The Only Woman in the Room

Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room is the story of Hedy Lamarr, a woman best known for her roles on the silver screen. Ms. Benedict looks deeper into Hedy's life, bringing us an engrossing tale of a woman who is both brilliant and beautiful. Hedy Kieseler is a Jewish woman married to an ...

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Bride of the Rat God

On rereading Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God for the purpose of writing this review, I was surprised once more by what a truly superb novel it is. On rereading, I found new details to savor, ones that I had overlooked before because I had been too caught up in the excitement of the plot. I sti ...

B
Turn Me On

Kristin Hardy begins the new Sex and the Supper Club trilogy with a great appetizer - Turn Me On. This is one hot book about rekindling an old love affair, and it features a wide variety of love scenes. Stef Costas is a top documentary film-maker preparing to direct the one project he's alway ...

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More Than You Dreamed

How do you combine Hollywood, the South, a movie very like Gone With The Wind, a mystery and a romance? Those are a lot of ingredients to combine in a novel, but Kathleen Gilles Seidel makes the mix shine in More than You Dreamed. The heroine, Jill Casler, has just inherited a huge sum from her r ...