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Summer Reading

May 26, 2016

Today's Featured Title and Contest May 26, 2016
 

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, May 27th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of MARLENE by C.W. Gortner, which is now available. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: MARLENE by C.W. Gortner
From the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the tyrannical movie studios of Los Angeles, this sweeping story of passion, glamour, art and war is a lush, dramatic novel of one of the most alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age: Marlene Dietrich.

Raised in genteel poverty in Germany after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When her budding career as a violinist is cut short, she vows to become an actress, trading her family’s proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice and androgynous tuxedo, Marlene performs to packed houses and conducts a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention until she finds overnight success in the scandalous movie The Blue Angel.

For Marlene, neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust. As Hitler rises to power, she sets sail for America to become a rival to MGM’s queen, Greta Garbo. As one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies, she stars with such legends as Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Cary Grant. Desperate for her return, Hitler tries to lure her with dazzling promises. But Marlene is defiant in her stance against the Nazis and chooses instead to become an American citizen; after her new nation is forced into World War II, she tours with the USO, performing for Allied troops in Europe and Africa. But one day, she must return to Germany, where she will discover a heartbreaking secret amidst the war’s devastation that transformed her homeland and the family she loved.

An enthralling account of this extraordinary entertainer, MARLENE reveals the inner life of a woman of grit and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world and forged her own path.

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