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I very much enjoyed this romp through Hollywood’s players of yesteryear. The stories, anecdotes, quotes and drink recipes – a few I plan on trying – keep the book flowing nicely. I did, however, expect more stories coming from actual barkeeps and waitresses themselves regarding the outlandish, and sometimes absurd behavior of film’s king and queens of the era. Much of the tales were broad strokes ripped right from tabloids of the day. Moreover the book ends abruptly, as if a diary whose author d
A quick read full of trivia and gossip about Hollywood movie stars and their legendary exploits in pursuit of oblivion at the bottom of a bottle. I was in a bit of a reading rut, so this was kind of perfect. I’m not quite sure how the movie stars were sorted into the four categories – Silent Era, Studio Era, Postwar, and 1960s/New Hollywood – particularly the last two which have a lot of overlap. The book ends with Natalie Wood, making me wonder why the authors didn’t continue into more recent m
A sprightly light trip through the overtaxed liver of Hollywood. If you like Hollywood history, drinks recipes, celebrity gossip or just a cheerful itemizing of public urination, you’ll enjoy this book. My suggestion? Pick up a couple of extra copies before the holidays; this is the sort of thing to give to that person you forgot you were exchanging presents with. Unless, of course, they’re sober; this book could induce a bender in a Mormon. Thanks to Vromans bookstore for letting me read it.