Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Review + #Giveaway - Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet

Synopsis: At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.

Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.

I love a good story! This book appealed to me because it contained funny and fascinating stories about famous names I have already read so much about.

Characters past and present are featured weaving in some amazing anecdotes and Hollywood lore as only a professional tour guide could pull off. Author Stephen Schochet has been researching his stories for over 20 years and it shows. If you think you know everything about your favorite legends, think again. There are stories about John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and many others, but many of the story endings might surprise you.

I loved this as a trivia buff and also because these short stories kept me mesmerized till I reached the end. You can grab your own copy of Hollywood Stories online.

Also learn more by checking out the book's website and connecting with the author:

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*Disclaimer - This post is brought you by Ever After PR.All opinions are my own.

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