Start reading North of Hollywood on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

North of Hollywood [Kindle Edition]

Rick Lenz
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $14.95
Kindle Price: $9.95
You Save: $5.00 (33%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.95  
Hardcover $21.56  
Paperback $13.46  
Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

Book Description

NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD IS THE RECIPIENT OF SEVEN NATIONAL AWARDS--INCLUDING: WINNER FOREWORD BOOK REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (PERFORMING ARTS) AND WINNER LOS ANGELES AND LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS (MEMOIR)


For many years a working
actor, Lenz has written a space ride through the mind of an actor who finds success,
loses it, then discovers something better. On the surface, a memoir, North of
Hollywood is more accurately described as a non-fiction novel, a flight through
success, hilarity, heartbreak, and joy.



Praise for North of Hollywood:

 "A touching bittersweet remembrance... breathtaking..."

--KIRKUS REVIEWS




"Enchantingly written with a sure hand and a knowing eye."

--ELIZABETH FORSYTHE HAILEY, AUTHOR OF A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS


"I love the book! Insightful, honest, wise, and charming!"

--BERNARD SLADE, PLAYWRIGHT: "SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
 

"An actor's intimate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching and always honest account of making a living while living next to Hollywood legends."

--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


 
"An essential book for anyone who has ever said they want to be an actor and for anyone who was lucky enough not to. Compulsively readable ...perceptive and poignant wisdom.

--MICHAEL KAHN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE SHAKESPEARE THEATER IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND FORMER HEAD OF DRAMA AT JULLIARD.
 

"I greatly admired Rick Lenz's thoughtful and well written book."

--PETER BART (VARIETY)

 
"I was totally engaged with North of Hollywood, start to finish. Sometimes it felt like Rick Lenz wasn't just 'opening the kimono,' as they say in business, but was actually peeling off his skin. I admire his courage in telling it."

--SCOTT CAMPBELL, AUTHOR OF TOUCHED & AFTERMATH
 

"...kaleidoscopic form without breaking the rhythm of Lenz's poetic prose. The effect is beautiful..."

--FOREWORD BOOK REVIEWS

 

"Raises the genre of the Hollywood memoir to an art form. How dare a Hollywood memoir be literary? It deserves the awards it's won!"

--MICHAEL NORELL, WRITER'S GUILD OF AMERICA AWARD WINNER AND TWICE WINNER of THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD


Editorial Reviews

Review

"... An overwhelming sense of peace (in the) the memoir's kaleidoscopic form... without breaking the rhythm of Lenz's poetic prose. The effect is beautiful."
--Foreword Book Reviews

"A touching, bittersweet remembrance of a workaday career in acting"
--Kirkus Reviews

"I greatly admired his Rick Lenz's thoughtful and well written book."
--Peter Bart (Variety)

About the Author

Rick Lenz has been a working actor almost all his adult life. He is as at home on the stage as he is in front of the camera. His acting ranges from the serious to the comedic, and he has been featured in both starring and supporting roles on TV and in film. In addition to acting opposite many of the entertainment industry's biggest stars over the years, he is a playwright and artist. Rick lives in North Hollywood with his wife, and his favorite roles are husband, father and, recently, grandfather.

Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Chromodroid Press (June 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD56KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Julie
Format:Kindle Edition
Rick Lenz, more well-known as Richard Lenz, the Hollywood leading man opposite Goldie Hawn in Cactus Flower, has written a memoir that is full of insight about the roll-coaster life as a star and working actor for decades in Hollywood. It's written without verbosity or viciousness.

In a refreshing turnabout from most first-person accounts out of tinseltown, the heroine of this story is Linda, Rick's spectacularly beautiful and classy wife of many years.

Yes, the big names and unknown stories in which they play a leading roll are in here: Al Pacino, Lucille Ball, Eva Gardner, James Caan, and many others. Glimpses

Mr. Lenz writes with a warmth and understanding of self that makes it a pleasure to read through what was happening, what he was thinking and in a voice that has learned a great many lessons.

Must-read for movie fans, anybody thinking about going into that crazy business and moving to California, or those of us who appreciate a story well-written.
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read from a fantastic Author/Actor! February 13, 2012
By samjo
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited to read Rick's first book, as I knew I had seen him on a few classic tv episodes played on Nick-at-Nite when I was growing up, and knew he had worked with some of the biggest names in the business. I love to get the inside-scoop on the Hollywood scene from someone who has lived it. Rick is so genuine and warm in his delivery and I absolutely LOVED reading up on (particularly) Lucille Ball (I do, love Lucy :))... You will love this book - especially if you have any connections to broadway, television or the silver screen.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! So unlike anything I've ever read. This unique look at life in Hollywood is a must read! Not only do you get to hear some stories of celebrities (I personally love Lucille Ball so it was cool to "see" her in this), but you really get insight into an actor's life, with his family and career.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood As Seen From All Angles! June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
BOOK REVIEW # 27 "North Of Hollywood" By Rick Lenz

Most books of this type generally take a look at things from the eye of the public looking in. The most interesting aspect of this book is the contact and conversations that author Rick Lenz has had with some of the most famous and legendary names in Hollywood history - are from the perspective of looking from the inside - looking out.

This actor turned (now writer) was born in 1939 in Springfield, Illinois and ever since he was a little boy he seemed to enjoy being on stage, TV and screen. Throughout his career he has made appearances in classics like Gene Sacks, Cactus Flower to a reoccurring roles on TV's Green Acres - as well as - appearing on shows like Home Improvement, Baywatch and The Practice - he has crossed paths with famous and near famous and the not-so famous.

He talks as if the conversations with Goldie Hawn, Richard Dreyfuss, Jill Clayburgh, Lilly Tomlin, Al Pacino, Jonathan Demme and more - like the perspective is from either having crossed paths for roles in the same project, working on set in the same project or conversing on the technical aspects of refining his craft of acting and the business overall.

Not just another `name-dropping' book. For example - he gives a little more than average attention and affection to Goldie Hawn - for very good reasons. It's always refreshing to hear some down-to-earth stories of famous people.

Although I think he was attempting to be a Memoir-like book - it reads much more like a diary. He seems to be taking things from his memory and clips or `snippets' of his life and formalizing them into independent thoughts and interests as time goes by for him.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North of Hollywood August 24, 2012
By C. Lent
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Rick Lenz is a talented actor, writer and artist. He is also a gifted storyteller as evidenced by his memoir, North of Hollywood. I began reading this book expecting to possibly read juicy, tell-all stories about Hollywood insiders. Instead, I found mostly warm-hearted, respectful anecdotes of famous and not so famous Hollywoodites. But more than that, there were revealed many painful experiences of Lenz' dysfunctional family of origin, his struggles with alcohol, his gut-wrenching stories of his daughter's and his sister's addictions, the ups and downs of his career and his many years of therapy which have ultimately found him in a long, loving third marriage to his lovely Linda and close relationships with all three of his children (including the now sober Abigail). Lenz attacks all of his demons with brutal honesty and wicked humor.

Rick Lenz' story reveals the heart breaking and exhilarating roller coaster that most artists of any field must bump along to achieve some measure of success. He has certainly achieved success in all the important areas of his life after many years of paying his dues.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A READ, WHAT A RIDE August 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Backwards, forwards and sideways through a man's life with plenty to tell....heartfelt, and as honest a story as could be told...about success, self-doubt, regrets, and personal heartache...yet told in a lighthearted, often humorous bent...and culminating in ultimate accomplishment...inner peace.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny! June 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
"North of Hollywood" is flat-out the most entertaining book I ever read about an actor's life. And I've read a lot of those.
Rick Lenz is not only a fine actor, he's a superb storyteller. "North of Hollywood" contains plenty of inside Tinsel Town anecdotes, but more than that, you learn what it's really like for a family man to balance a personal life with the life of a working actor.
Lenz writes with guileless honesty and wit. His story is touching, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. It's the rarest of all things for an auto-biography: a page-turner.
The array of stars he has known is extraordinary. If you've ever had any interest at all in what a working actor's life is really like, you'll love "North of Hollywood." The depth of insight into the craft of acting and the art of living make this book a must-read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know him...
Admittedly, I know Rick from my past and recently reunited. What a remarkable portrait of the Rick Lenz I really never knew and, as a matter of fact, anyone's inner and outer life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard N. Levine
1.0 out of 5 stars Like many of hollywood, this guy is very mixed up
He jumps all over the place; hard to follow a train of thought. One moment he's talking about his cat, the next he's back twenty years and talking about one of his marriages... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting "take" on show biz
amazing how many other paths are crossed by the author in his several decade journey through east coast/west coast show biz; stage, movies, tv.
Published 9 months ago by Becky Lu Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars North of Hollywood is a Joy
North of Hollywood is a glorious, beautifully written book, so much more interesting than most actor confessionals that it vaults out of that genre to a startling level of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Love Letters
2.0 out of 5 stars All is not what it appears on the screen
I liked Rick Lenz when I used to see him in movies. Usually a likable and funny persona. But as an author he comes across as whiney, egotistical and not real likable . Read more
Published 10 months ago by stubby
4.0 out of 5 stars good work
Mr. Lenz is painfully honest about his life. I didn't find the,"jumping around", that others have written about, to be a drawback. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CJG
5.0 out of 5 stars True Story Of The Life Of A Hollywood Actor
Want to be a Star? Read this fascinating real life story of Richard Lenz...a young, very handsome actor, excellent at his craft, working with the A list, yet never getting that big... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Read
"North of Hollywood" is quite simply my favorite book about a life in show business. In fact, it's one of my favorite books period. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jonapun
5.0 out of 5 stars Highs and Lows in Hollywood
Mr. Lenz has chosen a very compelling writing style to tell his story. At first glance the reader may be jarred a bit by the non-linear structure, but as you follow effortlessly... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Drummer Chip
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
I was acquainted with this writer when we were children, so promptly bought the book when I saw it. I must say that I enjoyed the interaction between Rick and many of the actors he... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Karen Preston
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category