not often do you see book recommendations here, even though i read regularly for relaxation. this one i got from oprah's book list and i am so glad i requested it. written by the daughter of B-movie actor Lyle Talbot, it isn't strictly his story but rather that of the rise of movies in his lifetime, spanning nearly all the 20th century. there are hysterical tidbits about some notable people in the business plus plenty of historical information about how hollywood came to be the famous movie town it is. when 3 unknown actresses appeared on his doorstep, director mervyn leroy predicted bette davis would not succeed and joan blondell would be the big star. and how edison, when shown a preview of the first talkie, was convinced it would never succeed because people loved the drama of the silent movie. he failed to jump on the bandwagon and was then instrumental in driving moviemakers west to escape his wrath when talkies became standard. i'm halfway thru and eager to read the rest. if you like the movies, you might find it interesting as well. **** sunday spent sewing on little houses and also quilting on autumn change. oh, and downton abbey of course! *** seesaw temps are down again this morning, so it's back to wool socks for me!