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Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe—the brightest stars of the silver screen couldn't resist curling up with a good book. This unique collection of rare photographs celebrates the joy of reading in classic film style. The Hollywood Book Club captures screen luminaries on set, in films, in playful promotional photos, or in their own homes and libraries with books from literary classics to thrillers, from biographies to children's books, reading with their kids, and more. Featuring nearly 60 enchanting images, lively captions about the stars and what they're reading by Hollywood photo archivist Steven Rea, and a glamorous stamped case design, here's a real page-turner for booklovers and cinephiles.
About the Author
Steven Rea is the author of several Hollywood-themed photography books, and his archive of movie photographs numbers in the thousands. He lives in Philadelphia.
"'Books and movies have been intersecting in significant ways since the silent era,' writes the photo archivist Steven Rea in The Hollywood Book Club. His collection of nearly 60 rare photographs shows Monroe and her fellow screen luminaries revelling in the joy of reading, from Grace Kelly absorbed in a biography of Louis Armstrong to Audrey Hepburn devouring Shaw and Shakespeare."
-Harpers Bazaar (UK)
"L.A. Confidential . . . candid photos and publicity stills showcase the literary interludes of Golden Age actors, from Shirley MacLaine on the set of What a Way to Go! to Dennis Hopper brushing up on technique with An Actor Prepares between takes."
"I, for one, am already craving a sequel."
Red Magazine (UK)
"Described as a 'bibliophile-meets-cinephile celebration of the convergence points between these two very different media', it's a fascinating insight into what a golden era shelfie may have looked like."
The Evening Standard (UK)
"Delightful collection with a dash of Hollywood glamour, of images of classic film stars, from Audrey Hepburn to Gregory Peck reading books. Possibly my favourite is James Dean finishing The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley while smoking."
-The Bookseller (UK)