“This is a detailed story about a life well-lived, and with an aim to help others (especially animals—if you love horses, you’ll especially enjoy this book) who have found themselves in difficult relationships.” – Tovee Rockland, All Book Reviews
Staci Layne Wilson’s is a story of triumph over a legacy of alcoholism, suicide, and Hollywood burnout, but more than that, it’s a tale of unconditional love (with a healthy dose of humor). Despite the ups and downs, her upbringing gave her the powerful determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. She has since become an award-winning screenwriter and bestselling author.
Vintage Los Angeles
Tales of bygone eras – she grew up with showbiz parents in L.A. in the sixties and seventies, had ponies in the backyard and a psychotic monkey in the house, mingled with the stars on the Sunset Strip rock scene in the eighties, partied at the Playboy Mansion, and nearly died (twice!). She ultimately found love, purpose, and success as an author, film director, screenwriter, pop culture pundit and notable red-carpet reporter has interviewed the biggest celebs in the world.
“A touching, laugh-out-loud memoir.” – Daily Sweets
“Refreshingly honest look at Los Angeles, past and present.” – Curb Appeal
“Charming, self-deprecating.” – Los Angeles Readers & Writers
“As a music fanatic, I was in heaven over all the inside stories about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Ventures (through their 50+ year career!), Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and the glam-rock scene on the Sunset Strip. There’s also a whole master class on the heavy metal hangouts of Hollywood: The Rainbow, The Roxy, The Troubadour… Staci’s seen it all!” – Gene Katz, director of The Hair Band Tease
If you want to read a time capsule of a specific period in Southern California pop cultural history, look no further. If you want to read a book that’s as delightful as it is insightful, one that stays with you long after you close its covers, this is that book. If you want to be simultaneously educated and entertained, you won’t find a better reference than this one. Staci Layne Wilson not only has a penchant for detail, she has a memory like a bear trap. Nothing escapes her notice, and she has been kind enough to let us see the world through her keen, sentimental (but never maudlin) eyes. The book should come with one caveat emptor, however: if you read it at night, you can forget about sleeping. Not all the coffee in the world can knock down the reading hangover you’re going to have the next day after flipping page after page the night before.
– Stacey Keith, author of Stripped Down: A Naked Memoir
A book that rivals the best of Huell Howser's TV shows digging up the cherished as well as perished landmarks of the City of Angels. Speaking of angels, the author's parents were not, but that is the theme of this story, that all that glitters is not necessarily gold. But what a treasure for us to read a firsthand account about growing up in a fairytale turned inside out. The delight here are the dizzying details not only of her personal childhood story, and of her glamorous parents, but also of the city of Los Angeles, the city where most people come to from somewhere else to make their dreams come true. But this is a native's narrative, born and bred in LA, and while it is “SO LA” on its shimmering surface, it is “SO LAyered” in its honest reality. I LOVED IT! -
PJ Soles, Actress – Carrie, Halloween
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