Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

 
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First off, I wanted to let you all know that I'm currently in South Carolina on vacation. I've been here since this past Saturday and won't be home until this Saturday. Of course, I'm obviously still posting and trying to comment back...but if getting back to you takes longer than normal, etc. that is most likely why!

Now, back to my Waiting on Wednesday choice. I came across this book a few weeks ago when I was given the chance to look at a Fall sampler of books.

Actors Anonymous by James Franco

Out: October 15, 2013

Official Summary: 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.


As you can see from the summary, this book is written by the James Franco, the current actor. Franco, to me, is fascinating and I've always been curious about his non-acting work. I know he's not everyone's style, but this book actually sounds pretty good. The sampler I saw had an excerpt and going through that is what made me put this one on my wish list!

What do you think? Would you give Franco's debut novel a chance?

12 comments:

Jenea Whittington said...

Well, that's just awesome. I didn't know Franco was writing. It sounds good. :)

Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

Erika said...

I know that James Franco published a book of short stories a few years back, and I always wanted to read that; thus, I will definitely be checking his debut novel out. He's a very brilliant person - both in terms of acting and intelligence. :)

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Hmm... I want to like James Franco but something about him just bugs me! Maybe him as a writer will help...

Brandi Kosiner said...

I haven't heard of this one. Hope you get to read it soon!
Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Oh wow, you just know with Franco as the author, this will at least be interesting.
Thanks for sharing!

Liviania said...

I kinda want to buy this one for a friend who is a huge Franco fan.

Meradeth Houston said...

Huh, I had no idea he's published a book. That's actually pretty dang impressive! I'd definitely give it a shot!

Jen Ryland/YA Romantics said...

I'm on vacation too and trying to catch up -- so sorry it took me a while to return your comment.

James Franco's book? Hmmmmm. I tend to be very skeptical of celebrity books since I read an article that said most don't write the books themselves, but since I think he studied creative writing, I guess I'd give it a shot.

Aylee said...

James Franco wrote a novel?? Now that's interesting. Adding it now, thanks!

Candace said...

Huh, I'm not sure I would normally pick this up but I have to admit that I'm a bit curious!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

James Franco wrote a book? Well, that IS interesting! I'd love to hear how it is. I hope you had a good vacation!

Bookworm1858 said...

I'm not a big James Franco fan so I don't think I'll read this but I am curious to find out what you think of it as a fan and follower.