I love old Hollywood stories! Although I am on a self-imposed book buying ban this summer, I couldn't help but put LAURA LAMONT'S LIFE IN PICTURES by Emma Straub in my shopping basket. Elsa Emerson was calling to me from the cover, "Buy this book. I won't tell anyone."

#IWillGoToHellBecause I judge books by their covers. I am a sucker for a pretty cover.

Today, it's not my fault. Elsa made me do it. #DontJudgeMe

Amazon Book Description

“At once a delicious depiction of Hollywood’s golden age and a sweet, fulfilling story about one woman’s journey through fame, love, and loss.”—Boston Globe

In 1920, Elsa Emerson is born to the owners of the Cherry County Playhouse in Door County, Wisconsin. Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child’s game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Hollywood mogul Irving Green, who refashions her as an exotic brunette screen siren and renames her Laura Lamont. But fame has its costs, and while Laura tries to balance career, family, and personal happiness, she realizes that Elsa Emerson might not be gone completely. Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood.

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I am going to read the novel during Bout of Books 14. What are you going to read?

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