Dancing at Ciro's: A Family's Love, Loss, and Scandal on the Sunset Strip

Dancing at Ciro s A Family s Love Loss and Scandal on the Sunset Strip In young Sheila Weller was living a charmed life with her family in Beverly Hills Her father was a brilliant brain surgeon Her mother was a movie magazine writer whose brother owned Hollywood s
  • Title: Dancing at Ciro's: A Family's Love, Loss, and Scandal on the Sunset Strip
  • Author: Sheila Weller
  • ISBN: 9780312283018
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dancing at Ciro's: A Family's Love, Loss, and Scandal on the Sunset Strip
    In 1958, young Sheila Weller was living a charmed life with her family in Beverly Hills Her father was a brilliant brain surgeon Her mother was a movie magazine writer whose brother owned Hollywood s most dazzling nightclub, Ciro s Then her world exploded after she witnessed her uncle s brutal attempt to kill her father.Weller has written a deeply felt memoir of her famIn 1958, young Sheila Weller was living a charmed life with her family in Beverly Hills Her father was a brilliant brain surgeon Her mother was a movie magazine writer whose brother owned Hollywood s most dazzling nightclub, Ciro s Then her world exploded after she witnessed her uncle s brutal attempt to kill her father.Weller has written a deeply felt memoir of her family s life contrasted with those most glamorous days of Hollywood s forties and fifties While vividly describing Lana Turner s, Frank Sinatra s, and Sammy Davis Jr s evenings and breakdowns at Ciro s, Weller casts a keen eye on her own family s turmoil and loss.
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  • Sheila Weller

    Sheila Weller is a bestselling author and award winning magazine journalist specializing in women s lives, social issues, cultural history, and feminist investigative.Her seventh book, The News Sorority Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the Triumph of Women in TV News, will be a major release from Penguin Random House on September 30, 2014.Her sixth book was the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon And The Journey of a Generation 2008 A New York Times Bestseller for 8 weeks, it is featured in numerous Women s Studies programs at major universities, was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2008 by Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and Tina Brown s DailyBeast Girls Like Us is in active development as a motion picture with Sony.Her 2003 family memoir Dancing At Ciro s makes a substantial contribution to American social history, said The Washington Post Her four previous books including the 2 New York Times bestseller Raging Heart were well regarded, news breaking nonfiction accounts of high profile crimes against women and their social and legal implications.She is a writer for Vanity Fair, has been Senior Contributing Editor of Glamour since 2002, is a former Contributing Editor to New York, a reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and has written and writes for numerous other magazines for many years.She has won nine major magazine awards between 1994 and 2012 She won a record six Newswomen s Club of New York Front Page Awards She won two Exceptional Merit in Media Awards from The National Women s Political Caucus She was one of three winners, for her body of work, for Magazine Feature Writing on a Variety of Subjects in the 2005 National Headliners Award She is married to esteemed history writer John Kelly The Graves Are Walking, about the Irish Famine, and The Great Mortality, about the Black Death She lives in New York City and in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

  • 272 Comments

  • A touching memoir about a horrible moment in one family s life the incomparable Sheila Weller Every one of her books is a must read.


  • Maybe it s because I get it, maybe it s because I was a daughter seeking approval without success, maybe it was the final goodbye and a vast gulf of silence that still separates this daughter from her father, I m not sure, but I loved this book, I absolutely loved this book Dancing at Ciro s by Sheila Weller had me talking to myself and feeling every emotional gut punch as I turned those pages Aside from being a who s who of 1940s 1950s Hollywood, very dishy I might add, Shelia shines a flashlig [...]


  • This book is really a family history The author tries to make it into something first, because her uncle owned Ciro s, a popular 40s 50s nightclub in Hollywood and, second, because her family, both paternal and maternal, were first generation Jewish Americans who made the move from New York to the West Coast But it s much prosaic than that Just a story about a couple her parents who probably should never have married, since they were not well suited to each other, and who ended up divorced wit [...]


  • 3.5 stars Enjoyed for its film, Hollywood, and Sunset Strip history The family memoir aspect was a bit muddled and lacked distance understandable considering the author was writing about her own family and was putting some old demons to rest Perhaps not the strongest biography, but still an interesting read And if you are a student of human nature, there is a lot of grist for the mill here.


  • I was so bummed out with this book I loved Girls Like Us from Sheila Weller, but this was just depressing I knew it was going to be a heavy topic to read about but I didn t realize how depressing it would be Also, at times it went into too much detail of what kind of tumors her dad had studied as nuerosurgeon I also didn t like how it ended, because it just ended, there was no closure I feel like Total disappointment.


  • This book was ok I felt like you needed a lesson in early Hollywood history in order to understand all the people the author mentioned But she wove it in well and tried to make comparisons to modern day stars to help the reader out Her family story was interesting, but presented in a boring manner at times They have a CRAZY family story and I felt she told it a bit too conservatively for my taste.


  • I love Sheila Weller s style of writing and after reading Girls Like Us and seeing her speak it was fun to get insight into her own life growing up in Hollywood Her family is fascinating and it was SO interesting to read all the stories Definitely recommend it, esp if you lived during the 40s and 50s


  • A book sale find I am a magnet for anything related to Hollywood and the glamour era I did not expect this type of story What a compelling read this was Show biz and real regular human life all combined To live among the Hollywood glitz and try to live a normal life is impossible I was a bit worn out reading this.


  • Lots of surprises here More than a Hollywood tell all, it s a well written tale of a Jewish family gone west, with a surprising twist toward the end.


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