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My Hollywood (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – August 9, 2011
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Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. The Help is her first novel. Read her review of My Hollywood:
My Hollywood: Step into the glittering lives of Hollywood America, as scrubbed, wiped, and polished by immigrant women. It's so refreshing that a book can be this poignant, satirical, and heartbreaking at once. You might find yourself laughing at your own life as you read what the help says and thinks behind the backs of American housewives. You'll wonder at the intricate system of the modern household--where one mother pays another to give her children love. It illuminates the differences between American and immigrant mothers--until you realize how alike we are! The vivid accents and the vibrant voices of the children continue to ring in my ear. I loaned it to my mom and she took it to Mississippi with her and won't send it back. I'll be buying a copy of my own.
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Her work has been awarded several prizes: a Whiting Prize, a Guggenheim, a grant from the NEA, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Prize, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, a Pen Faulkner finalist, and most recently a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
She worked ten years on My Hollywood. "It's the book that took me too long because it meant too much to me," she says.
Mona lives in Santa Monica with her two children and Bartelby the dog.
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Told alternately from the perspective of Claire, a composer and the mother of a young son; and Lola, the Filipina nanny whom she hires to watch her child when she is working, the story covers a lot of the challenges that the working mother faces, including the guilt involved in choosing to continue with a career when having a young child. I am not sure if the author was trying to portray the hectic and often scattered nature of the working mother when using Claire as the narrator, but I found her sections a bit serpentine and unfocused. From Lola's narrative, we also get insights into a close community of nannies who bond together and share their own challenges, which in many cases includes being working mothers themselves.
Nobody's perfect in this book. Mistakes are made on both sides of the spectrum. I think the author actually nailed a lot of the challenges to parenting these days, but overall, the story gets flat and repetitive as the book goes on. Perhaps this is because the everyday trials and tribulations of the average mom tend to be a bit boring after awhile in real life as well as on the page. Everyone's just doing what they think is best for their family, but there is really not much excitement there. The book was just okay.
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This is an extraordinary literary work. Ten years in the writing, Mona Simpson expertly tells a story that is really nothing more than everyday life (not much of a plot, per se,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cathryn Conroy
Interesting to note differences in American culture and Filipino culture. Parts of the book were funny. Overall it was entertaining but kind of off the wall and almost dreamlike. Read morePublished 20 months ago by georgia johnson
As a mother in Los Angeles dealing with all these issues I loved this novel. The horror of realizing your husband won't shoulder his share of parenting…or even come home before... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yoga Love
My Hollywood was a book that I could not get through. Too many characters cluttered up the whole story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michelle Marie Quimby
After new parents Claire and Paul move from New York City to Hollywood, chasing Paul's dreams of becoming a sitcom writer, they hire Lola to help with baby William. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joanna M
Readable, but seemed strereotyped to me. Fillippino dialects unconvincing. Made babysitters seem like second-class citizens in an otherwise wealthy community.Published 22 months ago by Emily P. Williams
Well-drawn characters .... a moving, gripping story. When I finished it, I wished that I could have been taken care of by Lola.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too many characters and too hard to keep track of what's going on. The same point could have been made with out all the confusionPublished on September 10, 2013 by Carol M Smith