The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin. Published by Random House

It was scandalous when Frances Marion left her second husband in 1914 to pursue a career in what would become Hollywood. Movies, or “flickers” are taking over Los Angeles, and Marion wants in on the action. Here she meets actress Mary Pickford, already a popular screen star, and the two like-minded women become fast friends> Frances’s career will not be in front of the camera, but behind it, as she writes the scripts and stories that Pickford and other actors bring to life. Filled with appearances by Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and others, this is a fascinating look at the beginnings of the movie industry, and the vital role that women played, but were not recognized for.

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