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Coast to Coast
By Nora Johnson

Coast to Coast

A Family Romance

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Coast to Coast by Nora Johnson

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Nora Johnson was a young child when her parents' marriage collapsed. Her father, Nunnally Johnson, the writer, producer, or director of many acclaimed movies, such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Dirty Dozen, " remained in California, where he would continue to be a major Hollywood presence for more than three decades. Nora's mother, Marion, a beautiful but unsettled woman, took her to New York to start a new life -- one surrounded by her mother's lovers and eccentric literary friends instead of movie stars and studio heads. "Coast to Coast" is Nora's account of a childhood spent shuttling between Manhattan and Hollywood. What emerges is a marvelous portrait of American life in the 1940s and 1950s -- from the movie lots of California to the cocktail parties of the Upper East Side -- and also a touching story of a shrewd, observant girl who would grow up far too fast. Nora shares the colorful details of a childhood spent in privilege, but also captures the painful loneliness of changing schools, four-day train trips from one coast to the other, and never being quite sure of where she belonged. She also brings to life her droll, charming, talented father -- a Thurberesque character in Hollywood -- and her beautiful and erratic mother, a woman who fled the Los Angeles movie colony life but was unable to forget the husband who took her there. "Coast to Coast" is a wonderfully written portrait of a fascinating era and a child who came of age in it, who had everything she wanted -- except a place to call home.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781416568094
ISBN-10: 1416568093
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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