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Actors Anonymous

A Novel

By James Franco, 1978-

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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Book

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2013

ISBN

9780544114531


Format: Book
Author: Franco, James, 1978-
Summary: "Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny, personal, and dark, a story told in many forms, from testimonials (in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous) and scripts to letters, diaries, and more. Franco turns his "James Franco" persona inside out--sometimes humorously, often mercilessly. The book brims with profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting, bawdy satires of the high life, as well as deeply moving portraits of aspiring actors who never quite made it. Franco's seemingly inexhaustible celebrity currency makes this that rare work in which the writer's fame matches his considerable literary ambition. Partly inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride that's pure Franco. "-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Actors anonymous : a novel / James Franco.
Publisher Date: Boston : New Harvest, 2013.
Subject: Actors -- Fiction Performing arts -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780544114531 (hardback) 0544114531 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Franco
Oclc: 859544062
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Bib Id: 455089

Format: Book
Author: Franco, James, 1978-
Summary: "Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny, personal, and dark, a story told in many forms, from testimonials (in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous) and scripts to letters, diaries, and more. Franco turns his "James Franco" persona inside out--sometimes humorously, often mercilessly. The book brims with profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting, bawdy satires of the high life, as well as deeply moving portraits of aspiring actors who never quite made it. Franco's seemingly inexhaustible celebrity currency makes this that rare work in which the writer's fame matches his considerable literary ambition. Partly inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride that's pure Franco. "-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Actors anonymous : a novel / James Franco.
Publisher, Date: Boston : New Harvest, 2013.
Description: xiv, 286 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Actors -- Fiction
Subjects: Performing arts -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013019371
ISBN: 9780544114531 (hardback)
ISBN: 0544114531 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Franco