Books about Hollywood

  1. Get Shorty

    by Elmore Leonard
    A criminal comedy about a low-level hoodlum's ambitions to become a Hollywood producer.

    The story centers on Ernesto "Chili" Palmer, a small-time loan shark based in Miami . After a run-in with mobster Ray "Bones" Barboni, Chili goes to Las Vegas in pursuit of Leo Devoe, a dry cleaner ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Beautiful Ruins

    by Jess Walter
    A romantic story of fate, secrets, and destiny, spanning from Italy in the 1960s to present day.

    "The best novel of the year." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air A #1 New York Times bestseller, this “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo) is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the ... (Goodreads)

  3. Hollywood

    by Charles Bukowski
    A gritty and wild novel of the film industry and its desperate players.

    Adopting the stylized alter-ego, Henry 'Hank' Chinaski , a character used in previous novels, this book relates his experiences of working with a director, finding financial backing, losing financial ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Chances

    by Jackie Collins
    The lives of three women intertwine as they navigate love, sex, and power in Hollywood. A steamy and scandalous tale of ambition and desire.

    The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas. It plunges you into the ... (Goodreads)

  5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

    by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    A reclusive Hollywood star reveals her secrets to a young journalist.

    Monique Grant is a 35 year old struggling writer living in New York City. Dealing with her professional career going nowhere and her husband leaving her, Monique is at an all time low. Having worked ... (Wikipedia)

  6. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

    by Leah Remini
    An account of Leah Remini's journey of faith, fame, and a decades-long involvement with Scientology.

    The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus ... (Goodreads)

  7. A Life in Parts

    by Bryan Cranston
    A memoir of the actor's rise to fame, recounting his life struggles and successes.

    “Nothing short of engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” ( Huffington Post )—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    by Cary Elwes
    Behind the scenes stories from the making of the cult classic film, The Princess Bride.

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride , comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with ... (Goodreads)

  9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

    by Mindy Kaling
    Humorous memoir reflecting on Mindy Kaling's life and career.

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck - impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, ... (Goodreads)

  10. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    by Lawrence Wright
    An investigative look into the controversial religion of Scientology, its origins, practices, and impact on its followers.

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack, the Looming Tower . Based on more ... (Goodreads)

  11. Postcards from the Edge

    by Carrie Fisher
    Semi-autobiographical novel about a young actress struggling with addiction and relationships in Hollywood.

    The novel revolves around movie actress Suzanne Vale as she tries to put her life together after a drug overdose. The book is divided into five main sections: The prologue is in epistolary form , ... (Wikipedia)

  12. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    by Greg Sestero
    A memoir of the making of the cult classic film "The Room" and the bizarre friendship between its star, Tommy Wiseau, and author Greg Sestero.

    From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a ... (Goodreads)

  13. Me: Stories of My Life

    by Katharine Hepburn
    A memoir recounting the successes, struggles and influences of the iconic actress.

    A, NEW YORK TIMES, Notable Book of the Year ,“In her book about her life, Miss Hepburn insists that that woman in the movies was not her at all. ‘I’m not going to hide behind you anymore,’ she says. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  14. Adventures in the Screen Trade

    by William Goldman
    A witty and insightful memoir of William Goldman's experiences as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

    No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man , Tinsel , Boys and Girls Together , ... (Goodreads)

  15. If You Ask Me

    by Betty White
    Memoir of a beloved actress, full of stories and humor.

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit ... (Goodreads)

  16. Valley of the Dolls

    by Jacqueline Susann
    Three women's pursuit of fame and fortune, their struggles with addiction and ambition.

    In 1945, beautiful ingenue Anne Welles moves to New York to start a new life, seeking to escape the ennui of her hometown of Lawrenceville, Massachusetts . She quickly finds employment as a secretary ... (Wikipedia)

  17. The Day of the Locust

    by Nathanael West
    A study of the dark side of the American Dream, exploring the disappointments and struggles of the have-nots.

    Tod Hackett is the novel's protagonist. He moves from the east coast to Hollywood, California in search of inspiration for his next painting. The novel is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression ... (Wikipedia)

  18. Lucky

    by Jackie Collins
    A young woman rises to fame and fortune in Hollywood, but must navigate the dark side of the industry to protect herself and those she loves.


  19. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

    by Peter Biskind
    A behind-the-scenes look at the rise of 1970s Hollywood and the maverick filmmakers who revolutionized the industry.

    This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers–Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty--and recreates an era that transformed American culture ... (Goodreads)

  20. The Princess Diarist

    by Carrie Fisher
    Actress Carrie Fisher reflects on her time filming Star Wars and her affair with co-star Harrison Ford.

    The last book from beloved Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher,, The Princess Diarist, is an intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film ... (Goodreads)

  21. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

    by Bruce Campbell
    A humorous account of the actor's journey through the world of low-budget filmmaking.

    Okay, so at least you're interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine. Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy ... (Goodreads)

  22. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls

    by Lauren Graham
    An intimate memoir of the actor's experience playing Lorelai Gilmore and her journey to becoming an author.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of, Gilmore Girls, and, Parenthood, reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. Shockaholic

    by Carrie Fisher
    A witty and candid memoir about Carrie Fisher's experiences with electroconvulsive therapy and addiction recovery.

    Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and on the heels of Wishful Drinking ’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Shockaholic takes readers on another rollicking ride into her ... (Goodreads)

  24. Coreyography

    by Corey Feldman
    Memoir of child star Corey Feldman, revealing the dark side of Hollywood and his own struggles with addiction and abuse.

    "Spares no details." —Starred, Publishers Weekly, Review," An incredible read." —Richard Donner, Director,"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  25. The Fade Out, Act One

    by Ed Brubaker
    A murder mystery set in 1940s Hollywood, where a screenwriter tries to solve the crime while navigating the corrupt film industry.

    Charlie Parish, a Hollywood screenwriter suffering from PTSD , is fronting for his blacklisted best friend, Gil. When Charlie wakes from a blackout in the same room as a murdered starlet, he and Gil ... (Wikipedia)

  26. My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business

    by Dick Van Dyke
    Autobiography of Dick Van Dyke, detailing his life in and out of show business, from his childhood to his iconic roles in film and television.

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic ... (Goodreads)

  27. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated

    by Alison Arngrim
    A memoir of an actress's experiences on the set of Little House on the Prairie and her journey to self-acceptance.

    For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated ... (Goodreads)

  28. Hollywood Dirt

    by Alessandra Torre
    A small-town girl is hired to clean up the image of a Hollywood bad boy, but their fake relationship turns into something real.

    Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in ... (Goodreads)

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