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Valley of the Dolls
by Jacqueline Susann

Published: 1997-09-22
Paperback : 442 pages
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Sex and drugs and shlock and more--Jacqueline Susann's addictively entertaining trash classic about three showbiz girls clawing their way to the top and hitting bottom in New York City has it all. Though it's inspired by Susann's experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heartbreakingly ...
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Sex and drugs and shlock and more--Jacqueline Susann's addictively entertaining trash classic about three showbiz girls clawing their way to the top and hitting bottom in New York City has it all. Though it's inspired by Susann's experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heartbreakingly close to making it, but did not, and despite its reputation as THE roman á clef of the go-go 1960s, the novel turned out to be weirdly predictive of 1990s post-punk, post-feminist, post "riot grrrl" culture. Jackie Susann may not be a writer for the ages, but--alas!--she's still a writer for our times.

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  "Valley of the Dolls"by Rebecca (see profile) 06/10/10

A good read for book clubs. You gain an insight into the life styles of stars back in the 40's and 50's. Drugs, sex and alcohol was still a major problem. It definitely will hold your interest, but... (read more)

 
  "We loved!"by StaceySchwartz (see profile) 04/29/10

We thought it was a great book ahead of its times, and we all enjoyed it despite the length. Made us curious to see the movie too!

 
  "Great conversation starter!"by sajennin (see profile) 08/12/09

Exploring the dark side of fame, this black comedy is great for getting the discussion going. Valley of the Dolls might not be for conservative book clubs: sex & drugs abound. Either keep the cocktails... (read more)

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