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The Books Briefing: What to Read Ahead of the Oscars

The Books Briefing: What to Read Ahead of the Oscars

[ad_1] This is an edition of the Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. As the 96th Oscars approach, I’ve been thinking about how closely intertwined Hollywood and the literary world are. Arguably, publishing’s biggest contribution to the movies today is providing an intellectual-property source for new projects. Lots of films in the running for statues, such as Oppenheimer, American Fiction, The Zone of Interest, Poor Things, and Killers of the Flower Moon, are adapted from books. And for as long as we’ve had movie stars and blockbusters, we’ve had tell-alls and journalistic exposés of their foibles and triumphs. First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic’s books section: This week, Fran Hoepfner recommended seven books that dig into how the film industry really works—titles such as Julia Phillips’s dishy New Hollywood classic, You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, and two excellent (if very different) memoirs from the actors Viola Davis and Eartha Kitt. As Hoepfner writes, Davis’s prose is as clear as …