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No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you've never met — but you know who they're sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie makes a bid for a life change that lands her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner, the hottest young agent in Hollywood who devotes his days to playing online poker — that is, when he's not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA-list clients. And while getting six hundred dollar highlights from Cameron D's colorist or organizing the strippers for George C's party come close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her nascent dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean to pick up that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something...

For anyone who loved The Nanny Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada, The Second Assistant is a compulsively readable novel and a gleeful skewering of Tinsel Town packed with outrageous, thinly veiled stories about the deranged, the dastardly, and the unspeakably glamorous that will have tongues wagging from coast to coast.

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"Books about bright young women learning the ropes of glamorous careers under corrosively evil bosses are catnip to a generation of readers, so this West Coast version of The Devil Wears Prada fills a niche, with brio. Elizabeth Miller gives up an idealistic job as a Washington senator's aide to join the Agency, a super-powerful Hollywood outfit that represents stars, producers and directors. The young L.A. newcomer may not be as clearheaded and full of self-knowledge as she's intended to be (she does jump topless into the agency head's pool with a lecherous producer), but she's a paragon of virtue compared to her boss, Scott Wagner, who is loutish, sex-obsessed, terminally addicted to any abusable substance, lazy and overbearing. Despite her misgivings and scads of unjustified abuse, Elizabeth throws herself into Xeroxing and party planning ('Dancers from Crazy Girls on La Brea. Though only small-nippled girls') and is rewarded by brushes with a parade of A-list personalities (Cameron, Jennifer, George, Harvey). The insider peeks at Tinseltown are more engrossing than the plot, but a hot script and backroom Agency dealings keep the pages turning. Contrivances abound — Elizabeth keeps meeting key figures at just the right moment — and the jokes often fall flat. The book undoes itself by offering as chapter headings some of the great dialogue from old movies ('What's the going price on integrity this week?'), and there's simply no comparison between what those old scriptwriters and these joint authors offer up. Still, this is a fast, fun, trashy read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"While eminently readable, chatty, engaging, and sometimes quite funny, this book doesn't really tell us anything we don't know or haven't suspected about Hollywood and its citizens." Booklist

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A fast-paced, breezy read about life at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain

No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone youve never met—but you know who theyre sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. Hes the hottest young agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to playing online poker—that is, when hes not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA-list clients. And while getting six-hundred-dollar highlights from Camerons colorist or organizing the strippers for Georges birthday party come close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a  survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her nascent dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean to pick up that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something....

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No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you’ve never met—but you know who they’re sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. He’s the hottest young agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to playing online poker—that is, when he’s not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA-list clients. And while getting six-hundred-dollar highlights from Cameron’s colorist or organizing the strippers for George’s birthday party come close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a  survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her nascent dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean to pick up that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something....

On the web: http://www.thesecondassistant.com

About the Author

Mimi Hare was, at twenty-three years old, the director of development for a Hollywood production company, where she worked on such feature films as Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets. This is her first novel.

Clare Naylor is the author of three previous novels, including Love: A User’s Guide and Catching Alice.

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brianmcaleer112, April 27, 2006 (view all comments by brianmcaleer112)
I liked the novel, for the fact that I could pick it up and read it over a jolted period of time. It doesn't give you too much to think about and is just another reminder for those who really want to work in the movie biz in L.A. - it's full of horrible people with no human compassion. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670033072
Subtitle:
A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder
Author:
Naylor, Clare
Author:
Hare, Mimi
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Romans áa clef.
Subject:
Hollywood
Subject:
Theatrical agents
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
99/474
Publication Date:
20050329
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.26x6.38x1.16 in. 1.19 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Books about bright young women learning the ropes of glamorous careers under corrosively evil bosses are catnip to a generation of readers, so this West Coast version of The Devil Wears Prada fills a niche, with brio. Elizabeth Miller gives up an idealistic job as a Washington senator's aide to join the Agency, a super-powerful Hollywood outfit that represents stars, producers and directors. The young L.A. newcomer may not be as clearheaded and full of self-knowledge as she's intended to be (she does jump topless into the agency head's pool with a lecherous producer), but she's a paragon of virtue compared to her boss, Scott Wagner, who is loutish, sex-obsessed, terminally addicted to any abusable substance, lazy and overbearing. Despite her misgivings and scads of unjustified abuse, Elizabeth throws herself into Xeroxing and party planning ('Dancers from Crazy Girls on La Brea. Though only small-nippled girls') and is rewarded by brushes with a parade of A-list personalities (Cameron, Jennifer, George, Harvey). The insider peeks at Tinseltown are more engrossing than the plot, but a hot script and backroom Agency dealings keep the pages turning. Contrivances abound — Elizabeth keeps meeting key figures at just the right moment — and the jokes often fall flat. The book undoes itself by offering as chapter headings some of the great dialogue from old movies ('What's the going price on integrity this week?'), and there's simply no comparison between what those old scriptwriters and these joint authors offer up. Still, this is a fast, fun, trashy read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "While eminently readable, chatty, engaging, and sometimes quite funny, this book doesn't really tell us anything we don't know or haven't suspected about Hollywood and its citizens."
"Synopsis" by ,
A fast-paced, breezy read about life at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain

No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone youve never met—but you know who theyre sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. Hes the hottest young agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to playing online poker—that is, when hes not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA-list clients. And while getting six-hundred-dollar highlights from Camerons colorist or organizing the strippers for Georges birthday party come close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a  survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her nascent dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean to pick up that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something....

"Synopsis" by ,

No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you’ve never met—but you know who they’re sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. He’s the hottest young agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to playing online poker—that is, when he’s not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA-list clients. And while getting six-hundred-dollar highlights from Cameron’s colorist or organizing the strippers for George’s birthday party come close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a  survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her nascent dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean to pick up that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something....

On the web: http://www.thesecondassistant.com

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