Actors Anonymous

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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The actors in James Franco's brilliant debut novel include a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there's Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. “Hollywood has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”

Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.

 

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User Review  - LVStrongPuff - LibraryThing

At first I didn't know what I was getting into with this books. A few chapters were all over the place, but some of the chapters were just awesome. Though there was some spots that I couldn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lebowski4 - LibraryThing

This book started out pretty good, I was following the story nicely. Then all of a sudden he cuts to some other characters that I don't care about and tho book turns to shit. Read full review

Contents

The Twelve Steps of Actors Anonymous
1
The Twelve Traditions of Actors Anonymous
153
Back Flap
287
Back Cover
288
Spine
289
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About the author (2013)

JAMES FRANCO is a talented, ubiquitous, popular, and provocative actor, director, author, and visual artist. His first book, the story collection Palo Alto, was published in 2010.

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