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ISBN13: 9780802135193
ISBN10: 0802135196
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Valley of the Dolls, first published in 1966, skyrocketed to the top of "The New York Times hardcover best-seller list and later went on to sell an unprecedented eight million copies in paperback. Jacqueline Susann's sensational story of three pill-popping show-biz women (whom she modeled, rumor has it, after Judy Garland, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe) perfectly crystallized the decadence of the 1960s. A Pucci-clad superstar, Jackie blurred the boundaries between her own persona and the characters she wrote about. With Valley of the Dolls, Susann went far beyond showing us the seamier side of the entertainment world — she ushered in a whole new genre of mass-market fiction and staked her claim as a pop pioneer.

Review:

"I should say, first of all, that I have absolutely no criticisms to make of this book. It is perfect, and I'm not just saying that because I practically memorized it at the age of 13 and it was one of my primary illicit sources of sexual information in the gap between information and experience, and I therefore view it with fond nostalgia....However melodramatic its plot may be, Valley of the Dolls is simply old-fashioned riveting." New York Magazine, Mim Udovitch

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Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesnt matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down—into the Valley of the Dolls.

About the Author

Jacqueline Susann left her hometown of Philadelphia at eighteen and moved to New York where she acted extensively and won the Best Dressed Woman in Television award four times. But it was the success of her three blockbuster novels — Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine, and Once Is Not Enough — that transformed her into the Pucci-clad media superstar we remember today. Jacqueline Susann was married to producer Irving Mansfield. She died in 1974.

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Sharon Wilson, September 10, 2007 (view all comments by Sharon Wilson)
This is the perfect beach read – it is like reading a gigantic gossip magazine!
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ERoberts, January 28, 2007 (view all comments by ERoberts)
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"Sex and drugs and shlock and more--Jacqueline Susann's addictively entertaining trash classic about three showbiz girls clawing their way to the top and hitting bottom in New York City has it all. Though it's inspired by Susann's experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heartbreakingly close to making it, but did not, and despite its reputation as THE roman ? clef of the go-go 1960s, the novel turned out to be weirdly predictive of 1990s post-punk, post-feminist, post "riot grrrl" culture. Jackie Susann may not be a writer for the ages, but--alas!--she's still a writer for our times."

Man, do I love this book! I highly recommend it to teenagers and adults as well.
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Sarah Knowles, August 30, 2006 (view all comments by Sarah Knowles)
Despite the pessimism this story instilled (or maybe because of it), I devoured the 442-page novel about three 20-something girls from quite different backgrounds who form a tightly knit bond that lasts decades ? through proposals, career success, drug addiction, children, divorces, betrayals and downfalls. There?s a reason this book is renowned as the classic trashy novel: because it?s good. It?s original, dry, hilarious, horribly tragic, surprising, and truly epic. Just when you think a character?s life can?t get any worse, it does, and even better, it?s believable drama, not mere plot twist thrown in for plot twist?s sake.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802135193
Author:
Susann, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Women -- Drug use -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Hollywood
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Motion picture industry -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Jacqueline Susann
Series Volume:
no. 77-172
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 14 oz

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Product details 448 pages Grove Press - English 9780802135193 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I should say, first of all, that I have absolutely no criticisms to make of this book. It is perfect, and I'm not just saying that because I practically memorized it at the age of 13 and it was one of my primary illicit sources of sexual information in the gap between information and experience, and I therefore view it with fond nostalgia....However melodramatic its plot may be, Valley of the Dolls is simply old-fashioned riveting."
"Synopsis" by ,
Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesnt matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down—into the Valley of the Dolls.
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