Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

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by Jacqueline Susann
     
 

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The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!

Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the

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The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!

Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down—into the Valley of the Dolls.

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"Decades ahead of its time . . . Mesmerizing . . . The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, more chic today than in Susann's time; also prescient is the book's protofeminism."—Mim Udovitch, The Village Voice Literary Supplement

"I couldn't believe these weren't real girls because I know them. Maddeningly sexy. I wish I had written it."—Helen Gurley Brown

"Magnetic . . . [Susann]'s a natural storyteller . . . Valley is the kind of book that most of its readers cannot put down."—Nora Ephron

"Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love . . . for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story-for romance with tears and oral sex."—Michael Korda, The New Yorker

"One of the steamiest novels ever written."—Earl Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802135193
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Susann, Jacqueline
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Jacqueline Susann left her hometown of Philadelphia at eighteen and moved to New York where she acted extensively and won the Best Dressed Woman in Television award four times. But it was the success of her three blockbuster novels—Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough—that transformed her into the Pucci-clad media superstar we remember today. Jacqueline Susann was married to producer Irving Mansfield. She died in 1974.

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Valley of the Dolls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Sex and the City because 'Valley of the Dolls' came first. I'm usually not too into the trashy romance/soap opera genre but because Dolls is considered a 'classic' I decided to go for it. I am sooo glad I did. I LOVED this book...I LOVED the characters...I LOVED the NYC setting...I LOVED the plot...I basically LOVED everything about this book. I really invested myself into these characters and their lives...at one point I had a hard time falling asleep because I was so upset about what was happening in the book--haha! Truly, if you are looking for a book that moves like a soap opera but still has something to say, read this book. You will fall in love with the characters and may start to hate them too. My only regret is that Anne didn't stand up for herself!! And Jen was so sweet! So, put your goody goody pants away for a moment and enjoy this cult-classic.
angelgirl21 More than 1 year ago
This interesting stroy of three young women living in New York during the 1940's-1950's, trying to find their way in a new place. Anne,Jennifer, and Neely are tree young women who are making their way in the big city.They are very different in their personalities, Anne is a driven hard working girl who gets a job at Bellemy and Bellows who handle big important clients such as movie stars and actors. Jennifer is a young actress who is on broadway. She is looking for love in all the wrong places and ends up getting her heart broken a few times. Neely is the youngest of the three, she is a up and comming actress and singer and dancer who dreams of making it big. This book tells the story of how they stuggle in thier hard work lives and also with their relationships they create. They don't always have the best judgment when it comes to men. Anne falls for an older attractive man who she struggles to keep the relationship a float. Jennifer who gets married a few times and divorced also ends up giving up children and a happy life. She ends up compensating for this by taking pills and focusing on her looks. Neely ends up going from guy to guy she takes any man she wants and doesnt care if he is already taken. She has two kids with a husband that leaves her. Neely takes pills called dolls to help her function from day to day. She drinks too much and ends up in a hospital. Jennifer finally finds a guy but soon finds out she has breast cancer, she ends up killing herself. Anne is another story her life is mainly focused on her work. She ends up fallind for Lyon Burke. He is the biggest player in New York. She finally gets his to settel down with her and have a kid, but soon after he cheats on her with someone very close to her. She is betayed by her only friend she has after taking care of her for years. Anne is lost and doesnt know where to turn to, all alone in the big city. She stays with him for a while but soon gives in to the beautiful dolls that seem to offer a release. This book was very emotional, anyone who chooses to read this book needs to be prepared for some heartbreaking stories. Jacquelin Susann writes a heart driven story of these young woman who loses themselves while trying to find who they think they want to be. I enjoyed this story, but it pulled my heart strings alot. It was hard to finish I kept wanting to stop, but still if you only push forward its worth the tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Valley of the Dolls is a classic, written in a time when hollywood still had its secrets. When the book was originally released back in the 1950's, it was scorned upon because of it's content, and was viewed as a rebels book. However, it's enjoyable because it's raw and has truth to it. I recommend reading it with an open mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! We snuggled up in front of the fireplace and read to each other over warm strussel. The Castro Distirct is a big fan of the author's writings. Cheers - Teddy L & Partner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just in a word fabulous. Full of drama, it's better than a soap. The characters are as colorful as the glamourous world they live in. I especially loved Neely, she's a trip to say the least. The film intrerpretation in 1967 does no justice to the book, but Sharon Tate and Patty Duke do give it their best with the choppy script. The author is also in the film. The book is a MUST read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of alittle bit of everything, suspense, romance, betrayal, mystery, tradegy. Makes you never want to be famous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, keeps you interested but the typos in this verion are awful. So much so that it's distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the. Most boring books I have read
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I love this book, this is a must read for anyone who likes romance with some darkness thrown in.
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This is one of those books i had always 'heard' about, so i decided to see what the fuss was about. Loved it! The characters are wonderfully written (i wanted to strangle some of them) and the struggles the women face with their self esteem/image/worth still holds true today. Sad at times and jawdroppingly funny at others, i would love to see this come to one of the cable networks and made into a series keeping it completely true to the book. Goes to show that in the 60 odd years that this book is set in, while some of our (women's) mindsets have changed, our behaviours tword men and other women have not. And even though the 'dolls' have evolved, many of us rely on them in some form or another to this day. Thanks J. S. for a fabulous book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I am not a fan of romance novels... but "Valley" is definitely considered a pop culture classic. For any woman, regardless of genre preferences, "Valley of the Dolls" is a must-read! Smart, sexy, fun, and way WAY WAY ahead of its time (it was published in 1966), it makes the ultimate summer read!
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I read this book and I was very disappointed with the end.. I was expecting a happier ending. I actually cried because of it... it brought back a lot of emotions that I've had with past relationships and I felt so sad for Anne. I feel that I am like Anne in many ways and it just kills me to see that something could happen to her like that, and that Neely could do that to her. Hell, Lyon should've known better. So sad and disappointed. Bittersweet feelings about this book.
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JNL86 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I started reading it, I couldn't put this book down. The characters each had a way of making you relate and live through them. I loved it, but wish there had been more to the ending.
zakyra More than 1 year ago
after watching the movie i decided to read the book, i thought it well written and a good storyline, though i cant see why its one of the all time best sellers, other than at the time it was written it did contain content that would have been shocking at the time ( prescription drug abuse and addiction, frigid women, womenizing men,hints at homosexuality and the fact that sex may not be as amazing as the movies make it out to be) i guess its sort of a peyton place of the actor's world
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