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Hollywood Stories: 12/06/11

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Hollywood Stories collects what he's learned and presents them in short vignettes organized by topic. As an introduction to some of the popular lore of the movie industry, it's fine.

There was a time, when I was younger and I was just getting interested in Hollywood history that I would have loved this book. I've grown, gone to college and along the way come to expect citations in nonfiction. Schochet coming to his knowledge through his work as a tour guide is a potentially fascinating secondary source.

Perhaps it would be difficult to track down citations for each and every entry but a chapter on his work as a tour guide would help put the stories into perspective. A few citations or maybe a bibliography of suggested reads would also go along way to make this book something special.

Book received for review.

Two stars

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Comment #1: Wednesday, December, 7, 2011 at 09:59:48


Sounds like something Bob would enjoy.

Comment #2: Monday, December 12, 2011 at 17:52:59


I bet he already knows most of the stories in the book.

Comment #3: Sunday, December, 11, 2011 at 17:44:44


I'm so sorry that you didn't like the book. I love your blog, though! :)

Comment #4: Monday, December 12, 2011 at 17:54:47


I didn't hate it either. I would have loved it when I was a teen.

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