“Real life isn‘t always as magical as the movies, yet, sometimes it‘s even more so.”
I enjoyed Melanie Benjamin‘s book “Swans of Fifth Avenue”. I had high expectations for this, but was a bit disappointed. The historical basis of the book (Mary Pickford and Frances Marion‘s success in the early, male dominated film industry) was interesting enough but the internal dialogue of both characters sometimes dragged and seemed repetitive. I found myself skipping paragraphs and reading only dialogue in some sections of the book.
Historical fiction based on the very real Frances Marion and Mary Pickford who both worked in the silent film industry back when movies were an emerging art form. This was a male-dominated industry but these two held their own and were the best at the time, even when it was uncomfortable and came with costs. Fascinating! I knew nothing at all about Mary and Fran before reading this. The story was well-researched, informative, and entertaining.
I love old movies! TCM is my jam. This story of the beginning of the movie industry was fascinating! In this male dominated industry, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion became close friends and fought bravely to have a voice in Hollywood. I cheered for their accomplishments, and applaud their strength and creativity at a time when women had few opportunities.
My current read is a novel about the early days of motion pictures. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were the King and Queen of Hollywood! Douglas pursued Mary relentlessly. And both of them craved the devotion of the fans! #lovemedo #heyjune
1. ❤️💗 Reds and pinks
2. CSI Miami, I just love Horatio and his team of CI‘s
3. The Girls in the Picture
4. The works.. cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, bacon, catsup, mustard and mayo
5. Staying home relaxing with a good book and wrapping swap presents to send out on Monday to @Kaye and @LazyDays 💛🤗📦👩🏼🍳
Audio walking through Valley Forge National Park today. Enjoying the combination of history, nature and listening to an interesting book!
This was a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I think I started reading this when I wasn‘t in the mood for historical fiction and that was a bad idea. After I took a little break and came back to it, I enjoyed it much more. Early Hollywood isn‘t really a time period that catches my interest usually, but I learned a lot. I also didn‘t know how important women were to making movies. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion had a fascinating relationship!
I liked this old Hollywood historical fiction. The characters were flawed and nuanced. It was about two women who were both strong in different ways, at a time when strong women were often in the shadows.
Well, I was going to try this one to help me out of my slump. #MelanieBenjamin is one of my favorite authors so I thought I would give it a shot. However, #Chloe has decided to use it as her pillow. Guess I'll read more about Narnia tonight 🤷
#CatsOfLitsy #Caterruptions #TuxedoKittiesOfLitsy @mcipher
Now taking a few minutes of lunchtime to read and enjoy my #TeacherAppreciationFlowers 🌷🌸 This week has already been crazy-it‘s May, my school is putting on a music show so the schedule is crazy, and I have a bunch of meetings this week. I‘m enjoying small moments of quiet with air conditioning!! #grateful
This is a fictionalized version of how Mary Pickford became the queen of Hollywood, partly due to Frances Marion, one of the most famous early screenwriters. The book follows them from the first silent movies, through World War I, and all the way to "talkies" becoming popular. While the conversations and motivations have been invented by the author, she keeps in enough historical detail to tell how the women's lives really played out.
I give it 4 Stars. If you love stories about female friendships and old Hollywood, this book is for you. See my full review on my blog : https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/quickie-book-review-the-girls...
#shamelessplug #goodreadsgiveaway #historicalfiction
WOW. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. This novel is about Mary‘s life, her one true love Douglas Fairbanks and her successes and losses personally and in pictures, along with Academy Award writer and friend Frances Marion‘s highly successful life. Their friendship is about the sacrifices and compromises they made in order to succeed. A very interesting and powerful story!👏🏻👏🏻 Highly recommend 👍🏻
1. Sports aren‘t really my thing
2. 14 Fahrenheit
3. Tagged book and The Wife
4. A warm, tropical place with beautiful beaches (and plenty of books!!)
5. Sure thing!
1. It‘s about the friendship and powerful partnership between Hollywood‘s earliest superstars in a world dominated by men, America‘s Sweetheart Mary Pickford + writer Frances Marion. Liking it so far!
2. Chuckles, Reese‘s PB cups
3. Gen X ✌🏻
5. Attempting *cough* new year goal of minimizing and organizing at home, Pearl to groomer and watching Super Bowl with the family - Go Eagles! 🦅
1. This historical fiction book tells the lives of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford in old Hollywood; their struggles of being women in a male dominated industry.
2. Starbursts or Snickers
3. Gen X or a Xennial
4. My reading head lamp (Petzl)
5. #PNWLitsyMeetup on Saturday (🙌🙌🙌) and hosting a super bowl party on Sunday. Hopefully not from the couch on a heating pad 🤞🤞🤞stupid kidney stones!
THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is an intriguing historical fiction story. What is undoubtably real is the achievements of these two fascinating women, and that alone is enough to make this book enjoyable for anyone who loves read about strong women trailblazers. Here are two indomitable women who were way ahead of their time. https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/170319149599/the-girls-in-the-picture-melanie...
Based on everyone's recommendations I started the tagged book and have it cleverly hidden in my planner so I can just cover it up if someone decides to walk into my office! 😂
Wow!!! This book was amazing!!! Wonderful, heart wrenching & just beautifully written!!! Since picking this book up it kept my attention throughout and was a marvelous love story between two best friends. Also, gave a great perspective on early Hollywood. I just loved this book!!!
#SassyBookworm 😏 #LateNightReview #HistoricalFiction #BestFriends
Trying to finish up this great book, I had stopped to finish a couple that ended sooner on my #Libby app. It‘s not often that my wild 5 yr old will lay in my lap, but on this gloomy afternoon she‘s enjoying some tv time while I enjoy my book!
#SassyBookworm #snugglebuddy #HistoricalFiction
I have these two ARCs from net galley to start and don't know which one to pick first! Would love to do both but am still working on alias grace, the #annakareninareadalong and trying to read a wrinkle in time with my son... #firstworldbookproblems 😀🤣
Ok I‘m calling it for the night! I was seriously set back today by a massive headache 🤕 halfway through the day! But I‘m still proud of my reading! I finished 1 book and made a dent in two others! See you all tomorrow! #24in48
Benjamin does a great job at taking a perhaps forgotten woman &bringing her back to life. I had never heard of Frances Marion or Mary Pickford prior to reading this, but now I feel a connection to these two trailblazers of the film industry.
This is a quieter, slower novel than those I normally read, but it delves deep into its characters‘ developments and lives. Their emotions &thoughts are brought to life through Benjamin‘s skilled writing.