West of Eden: An American Place

West of Eden: An American Place Author Jean Stein
ISBN-10 0812987934
ISBN-13 9780812987935
Year 2017-02-21
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An epic mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classicEdieJean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie American Girl an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick which was edited with George Plimpton Now in West of Eden she turns to Los Angeles the city of her childhood Stein vividly captures a mythic cast of characters their ambitions and triumphs as well as their desolation and grief These stories illuminate the bold aspirations of five larger than life individuals and their families West of Eden is a work of history both grand in scale and intimate in detail At the center of each family is a dreamer who finds fortune and strife in Southern California Edward Doheny the Wisconsin born oil tycoon whose corruption destroyed the reputation of a U S president and led to his own sons violent death Jack Warner the son of Polish Jewish immigrants who together with his brothers founded one of the worlds most iconic film studios Jane Garland the troubled daughter of an aspiring actress who could never escape her mothers schemes Jennifer Jones an actress from Oklahoma who won the Academy Award at twenty five but struggled with despair amid her fame and glamour Finally Stein chronicles the ascent of her own father Jules Stein an eye doctor born in Indiana who transformed Hollywood with the creation of an unrivaled agency and studio In each chapter Stein paints a portrait of an outsider who pins his or her hopes on the nascent power and promise of Los Angeles Each individuals unyielding intensity pushes loved ones especially children toward a perilous threshold West of Eden depicts the city that has projected its own image of America onto the world in all its idealism and paradox As she did in Edie Jean Stein weaves together the personal recollections of an array of individuals to create an astonishing tapestry of a place like no other Praise for West of EdenCompulsively readable capturing not just a vibrant part of the history of Los Angelesthat uniquely American Place Stein refers to in her subtitlebut also the real drama of this town Its like being at an insiders cocktail party where the most delicious gossip about the rich and powerful is being dished by smart people such as Gore Vidal Joan Didion Arthur Miller and Dennis Hopper Mesmerizing Los Angeles TimesPerhaps the most surprising thing that emerges from this riveting book is a glimpse of what seems like deep truth Its possible that oral history as Stein practices it is as close as were going to come to the real story of anything The New York Times Book Review Enthralling brings some of L A s biggest personalities to life As she did for Edie Sedgwick in Edie American Girl Stein harnesses a gossipy chorus of voices Vogue Even if youre a connoisseur of Hollywood tales youve probably never heard these As ever gaudy debauched merciless Hollywood has the power to enthrall its audience The Wall Street Journal The tales of jaw dropping excess cruelty and betrayal are the stuff of movies and the pleasures are immense Vanity FairThis riveting oral history chronicles the development of Los Angeles from oil boomtown to Tinseltown Entertainment Weekly Must List From the Hardcover edition

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