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The Chelsea Girls
The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives. From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home--a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.
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MadDashReading
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Fiona Davis's The Chelsea Girls has me so interested in the history and, now, the complex future of The Chelsea Hotel. I stumbled across this recent book cataloging the hotel's final artistic residents who remain despite the hotel's long term closure and renovations. I love to see and read about people who are passionate about art, tradition, and preserving some of the beauty and whim of life. Thinking about splurging for this one!
#BOTMBUDDYREAD

Crazeedi I get this is a great book to explore 2d
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litenthusiast
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This is probably my favorite Fiona Davis book so far. I loved this book, and I really loved the character, Hazel. In addition, Davis' descriptions of the theatre and opening night transported me to the theatre and it was like I was there with the characters. I found the description of places in NYC to be magical and this story was incredible. So far, this is my favorite book of 2020.

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JenlovesJT47
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I confess, I picked this book because of the gorgeous cover. 😬 Lucky for me, I really enjoyed this. It‘s not perfectly written — imo the 2 MC‘s need more character development, but it was interesting reading a story set during the time that Joseph McCarthy wreaked havoc on Hollywood and the theater world in the 1950s. Also fun when I realized this was a #BOTMBuddyRead — loved catching up on all the discussions!! 4⭐️

#Historical

tvscag I've heard of this book, but I haven't really seen it anywhere recently. Might have to look on Amazon or something. 5d
JenlovesJT47 @tvscag I found it on the digital library! 5d
RenePenn I have this in my shelf TBR! Hope to get to it soon. 4d
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CoffeeNBooks
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Another great novel by Fiona Davis, The Chelsea Girls is about two women, one an actress and the other a playwright, during the time of Senator McCarthy and the House Unamerican Activities Committee.
#BOTMBuddyRead @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
#LitsyAtoZ #C @BookishMarginalia

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗📚💗 5d
kspenmoll Agree!!!!❤️ 5d
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The end was a bit of a let down after the rest of this great story. However, life doesn‘t always tie up loose ends so I have to say it‘s realistic. I‘d never read anything set during the Red Scare and didn‘t know a lot about it. I‘m a sucker for any book set in NYC. Also love the theatre setting!
#BOTMBuddyRead

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to work on finishing tonight.. 5d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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It‘s all about #LitsyLove and #BotmBuddyRead today!! I‘m happy to have some time off to respond!! Thank you for all of the valentines!! 😍😍 I‘ll be posting soon!

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Crazeedi
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#botmbuddyread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
I just had to take a break, I'm 70% through this book and I'm having anxiety!! Arrgghhh!! I am flabbergasted!

AmyG Right? I was all....WHOA! 7d
Crazeedi @AmyG Yes!!!🤨😳 7d
Andrew65 I‘m only about 60% through it. 7d
kspenmoll I totally get it- I was not prepared for some of the revelations; totally totally surprised! Finished the book so I am being vague for you all! @andrew65 @AmyG @Crazeedi (edited) 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks IKR!!! 🙌🏻📚 6d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I commented on Kimberly Belle‘s giveaway post and Fiona Davis replied to my comment about naming my kitten after her!! 🤣😽📚💕 I love both authors and Dear Wife is really good too!

#BotmBuddyRead

Discussion Sunday at 1pm CST!! Can‘t wait!!

Happy Valentine‘s Day 💗💗💗💗

Eggs Fabulous! 1w
Reviewsbylola That is so cool. I had a cat named Fiona and when I was pregnant, my husband tried to convince me to rename her so we could use the name for the baby. 🤣🤣 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola haha!! I almost named her Beatriz, but she looked more like a Fiona 🤣😽 1w
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megnews
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What?! I didn‘t see that coming!

#BOTMBuddyRead

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me either!!!! 😳😳 1w
Crazeedi I have this up next! 1w
CoffeeNBooks I was so surprised by that!! 😳 7d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) The Chelsea Girls and One of Us Is Lying
2) my flower garden
3) American Dirt

#WeekendReads

j.rye One of Us is Lying is in my TBR list! How do you like it so far? 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Discussion today at 1pm CST!! Questions on @TheBookHippie page!!!

#BotmBuddyRead

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Leftcoastzen
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For @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks as I recall , a pretty popular sticker in Northern California especially.😂

Trashcanman So was "Melville eats blubber" 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Liz_M 😅 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Somehow I‘ve missed this word all of my life!!! 🤣🤣🤣

#BotmBuddyRead

marleed I love discovering a word in a book, making it part of my vocabulary - and then noticing it in ways I never realized before. My word for this first quarter of 2020 is untoward. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @marleed this book has lots of new words for me!! Lol 😂 2w
marleed @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to be reading this book with you so badly but I‘m trying to keep my armchair out of NYC as I read the states and Europe. It‘s so hard for me because I‘m a book seeking missile to Manhattan in my reading! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) The Nightingale 💞
2) physical
3) This was so courageous of these young men!!

https://theheartysoul.com/suicidal-man-saved-after-3-school-boys-grabbed-him-and...

#FriYayIntro a day late!!

AmyG That IS uplifting. 💕 2w
jb72 Wow that‘s amazing! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @jb72 I know!! And for them to be so young!!! 2w
AmyG Kudos to their parents! 2w
Butterfinger ♥️ 2w
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Eggs
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“In the dead of night during the dreary month of March, the Chelsea Hotel is a quiet place.” NYC 1967

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Chills! Great opening line 2w
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Eggs
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My hold came in yesterday and I finished it today. More great HF from author Davis. She has taken on Barbizon Hotel, The Dakota, Grand Central Station, and now the Chelsea. And in July, the NY Public Library!!

TooFoo Love her books! I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 2w
Eggs @TooFoo 🙌🏼🙌🏼 2w
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NatalieR
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I love this book cover and most of all the story inside! Fiona Davis executes another fascinating historical fiction. The story centers on two women who meet in Italy while serving in the USO as actresses. They reconnected years later at the Chelsea Hotel and work together on Broadway. Concerns about communism threatened everything they worked for. Great story about friendship. I love that it covered about a 20-year time span.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Why not take a hot bath in the middle of the day and read 🤷🏼‍♀️🛀

Discussion Sunday at 1pm CST!!

https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/educational-resources/age-of-eisenhower/...
Interesting article...

#BotmBuddyRead

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm a proponent of baths at any time of day. 2w
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