Here are some books I've had my eye on recently and I can't wait to add them to my collection come birthday-time!
I'm excited to read this book because I'm anxious to see whether it'll shed more light on the horrific accident that claimed the life of one of Hollywood's brightest stars. I've always been a great admirer of Lombard's and I'm always eager to gobble up any tidbit of news concerning her life and career, so when I heard this book was coming out, I started counting my cash! Have any of you read this book already? What did you think of it?
@christinarice on Twitter, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I suspect there are already many of you who have already read it and loved it - if you have, please tell me about it in the comments section down below!
Granted I've only seen one of Dvorak's films before - the utterly fantastic pre-code Three On A Match (1932) - I feel like I wanna know more about her. That one performance of hers was so bloody dynamic and heart-breaking that I literally couldn't tear my eyes away from her. She totally stole the film from her co-stars Bette Davis and Joan Blondell (not an easy task to accomplish by any means) and walked away with the picture. I cannot WAIT to get stuck into this book!
Moving quickly on! Dana Andrews; the suave film noir favourite of the masses. He's the sort of dude that slinks through the shadows wearing a fedora and fixing you with a steely stare until your knees buckle and you confess everything in a pathetic heap of tears and cold sweat. Boy, that was quite the vision, wasn't it? Devastatingly handsome with a sexy-as-hell voice, what more could you ask for in a classic noir film star? If I'm lucky enough to pick this book up, it'll be the first Andrews biography I read. Have there been many others? If there have, I haven't come across any. I feel like not enough people know who he is and that needs to be remedied pronto!
I posted a Holy Moly Discovery blog post in its honour [here] right after having seen it for the first time. It was beautiful. It was gripping. It was exciting. I immediately understood why The Searchers (1956) had such a devoted fan following and why it is often ranked as one of the best films ever made. Now I'm dying to know more about it. That's why I want to read this book. I didn't even know it had been released - I just stumbled upon it a few days ago whilst browsing Amazon! In a matter of a few seconds, I had added this baby to my wish list and that was that. No questions asked and certainly no regrets!
And there you have it - my 2014 birthday wish list (category: books)! Please let me know if you think there is anything else I should add to it! I'm always open to suggestions! Also, if you've read any of the books I spoke about here, let me know what you thought of them - the good, the bad, the ugly, everything! If there is a book I would choose to recommend to you, it would be Eve Golden's recent biography of John Gilbert. I really enjoyed that one and spoke about it here! Now, get reading!