Tell-all

Tell-all

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Random House, Inc.
The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle withThe Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush.

Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis andJoan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless send-up ofLillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond.

Our Thelma Ritter–ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs ofKatherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton—veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman callerWebster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcomingLillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to saveKatherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.

Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It’s wild, it’s wicked, it’s bold-faced—it’s vintageChuck.

Baker & Taylor
After personal assistant Hazie Coogan discovers that a new suitor of her boss, movie star Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton, has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death, Hazie realizes she must hatch a plan to save Miss Kathie for her fans--and for posterity. By the best-selling author of Pygmy. 200,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

After personal assistant Hazie Coogan discovers that a new suitor of her boss, movie star Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton, has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death, Hazie realizes she must hatch a plan to save Miss Kathie.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385526357
Branch Call Number: PAL
Characteristics: 178 p

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 17, 2013

I was left in the dust when it came to the references. I could barely keep up with who was who and the style was difficult for me to follow at times. However, I enjoyed the actual story and found it fun. Quick read, but would recommend many of his other works before this one.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 27, 2012

Couldn't get into the book.

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jbrannon
Jul 09, 2011

Super short read. Less than 180 pages. It honestly didn't really stand out, though Palahniuk hit the mores and taboos of the times spot on the head. A fun read if you're into the Sunset Boulevard time period and want to read something that is essentially a more vulgar version of that written from the perspective of a possessive, egotistical life coach-cum-manager where the mail suitor is more homocidal than clueless.

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 17, 2013

Kristen MERKE thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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