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My Hollywood by Mona Simpson.. She writes with grace and aplomb from the alternating points of view of a privileged, guilt-ridden mother and the nanny she employs. No one can take such cultural lip gloss to the depths Simpson can. This book is full of heart and wisdom.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Subtly, almost dispassionately, Simpson works her habitual magic, showing how love travels, ownerless and unbidden, among children who need adults, and adults who need children. “Children, they are dependent for their life,” Lola observed back in Santa Monica. But so are adults. Sitting with her friends, drinking “nonfat lattes, ice blendeds, a dozen small consolations,” Claire asks, “For what, exactly, were mothers always being consoled?” Simpson gently suggests an answer: for their fear of failing in their responsibilities to their children and themselves, the extent of which they’ll know only when their children grow up, and tell them what they were. ."

The NY Times

"Step into the glittering lives of Hollywood America, as scrubbed, wiped, and polished by immigrant women. It's so refreshing that a book can be this poignant, satirical, and heartbreaking at once. You might find yourself laughing at your own life as you read what the help says and thinks behind the backs of American housewives. ."

Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help.”

Author bio: Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, a political science professor. Her mother was an American of Swiss and German descent and her father was a Syrian Muslim. She later took her stepfather's surname, Simpson. She is the younger sister of Steve Jobs, co-founder and current CEO of Apple. Because Jobs was placed for adoption as a baby by their then-unmarried parents, she first met her sibling as an adult. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (369 pp. Swift, moving: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780307273529

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