This week, What to Read on the Subway goes Hollywood! Pick up a new novel set in the classic studio era or read about the home of a Breakfast at Tiffany’s star. Classic film lovers will enjoy a podcast from Warner Bros., the famed television and movie studio. Hungry for more Hollywood? Try baking cookies with celebrity interviewer Lisa G.
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Starstruck , by Rachel Shukert
Teenage movie fan Margaret Frobisher is suddenly propelled into stardom when she’s discovered by an agent while sipping soda at Schwab’s Drugstore. But will she discover that the reality of Hollywood is much less glamorous than it seems? This new young adult novel from Rachel Shukert is set during the classic era of Hollywood cinema and has already earned comparisons to Jacqueline Susann’s famed Valley of the Dolls .
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“ Haunted by a Hollywood Starlet ,” by Claire LaZebnik
In this Wall Street Journal essay, novelist LaZebnik describes living in a Los Angeles home formerly occupied by novelist Roald Dahl and his wife, actress Patricia Neal. LaZebnik eventually met the elderly Neal through a friend, an experience she recounts here. If you’re a classic film aficionado, you’ll remember Neal from her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s : She was the older married woman having an affair with George Peppard’s character, Paul Varjack.
On a Podcast
In this podcast, host George Feltenstein covers news from the archives of Warner Bros., the famous movie studio. Recent subjects include interviews with modern stars like Rob Corddry as well as updates on recently re-released classic films, like The Reformer and the Redhead starring June Allyson. Whether you’re interested in revisiting movies you haven’t seen in years or finding “new” old films, this is a fun listen on your commute.
Sex, Lies, and Cookies , by Lisa G.
Even if you don’t listen to the Howard Stern show, this memoir by radio personality Lisa G. (real name: Lisa Glasberg) is a fun look at being single in the city. Tracing her journey from young radio host to part-time baking enthusiast , Glasberg describes how she became as famous for her cookie parties as she was for her on-air skills. In between embarrassingly real anecdotes about bad boyfriends, she shares some of her own cookie recipes—and dishes on celebrities.
Photo courtesy of Francisco Osorio .