LitStack Recs: Books About Actors and Film & Ancillary Justice

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As the summer film season approaches, here are three books—a memoir, a novel, and a book-length interview—that offer a look behind the camera. Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor’s Diary, by Bob Balaban Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor’s Diary was published in 2002, and it’s a fascinating look behind the curtain of how the [….]

LitStaff Rec: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures & Alif the Unseen

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 Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub Readers captivated by Old Hollywood are sure to love Emma Straub’s debut novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. The novel, Straub’s first, portrays an era when the veil of glamor was not so easily pulled away, and is an appealing behind-the-curtain view of the transformation from mere [….]

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, by Emma Straub (Riverhead Books)

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Last March—as readers of this blog may recall—Jennifer Lawrence climbed the stairs to accept the Oscar for Best Actress, and tripping on the hem of her voluminous gown, fell on her way to the stage. But like the young and seemingly unflappable person she is, she gamely brushed herself off and kept going. I still [….]