Memorial Day weekend is not only the beginning of summer, but also the beginning of reading season. Here are some titles to get you started.
THE STARTER WIFE – Gigi Levangie Grazer, wife of Brian, perfectly dissects “the wife of” syndrome in this landmark addition to the Hollywood wife genre. After being dumped by silly mogul who makes career mistake of affair with Britney Spears, the ex Hollywood wife has improbable fling with homeless man, who of course turns out to be jillionaire in bum’s clothing. Hot.
NASTY – Simon Doonan, the lovechild of Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol, sets down a hilarious memoir that begins “When I was six years old my mother sneezed and her dentures flew out.” Apparently they skittered across the kitchen floor like “a fleeing crustacean.” How could you put it down after that? Jane Austen and Joe Orton eat your heart out.
STARSTRUCK – Michael Joseph Gross comes out as abject fan and former autograph hound in this fabulous dissection of Celebrity, the crippling pandemic of the 21st century. Publicists finally get what’s coming to them and Katie Couric, formerly the most popular girl in high school / on television, reveals her true colors. Nasty!
I’M COMING TO TAKE YOU TO LUNCH – Simon Napier Bell, svengali pop manager and love child of Malcolm McLaren and Oscar Wilde, tells us what it was really like handling Wham! (ooh err), and how he got the boys into China (sadly, this is only published in Britain right now).
– Fenton Bailey