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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
What is it about Hollywood celebrities that captivate so many of us? Is it their looks, their wealth, their lifestyles, their talent, or their success? Of course, some of us couldn’t care less about any of that, but others dream of living their glamorous lives. Those suffering from celebrity envy need to read Walk of Fame by Robert Stricklin for an engaging reality check. Take that handsome male star you’ve been lusting over since his latest movie. Now picture him lusting over his stash of cocaine, so desperate he’s willing to give his dealer his Ferrari for a fix. Then there’s the other heart-throb who can get any woman he wants, anytime, but struggling with how he can remain faithful to his beautiful fiancee. On the other hand, you could be the beautiful Carolyn whose gorgeous deceased body prompts this suggestive remark from a smirking male investigator: “What a waste.” By the time you meet the feisty 87-year-old former movie queen, Victoria Clayborne, who turns down your request for an autograph, then can’t refuse one more chance to shine on screen, you'll be shaking your head. That is if you're not still recovering from the heartache you feel for Bruce as he accepts his Oscar, knowing the love of his life, who died from cancer some years prior, isn’t there to share his achievement.
These are just a smattering of the stories that Robert Stricklin presents to readers in Walk of Fame. The power of Stricklin’s anthology rests in his ability to help us recognize ourselves in these celebrities. After all is said and done, the only real difference between these stars and us is their fame. In fact, there’s a good chance they envy our ordinary lives far removed from prying eyes, paparazzi, media scrutiny, and gossip-based judgments and criticism. Ironically, just as I was finishing up this review, a song came over the radio. The singer was sharing how much he wished he was living in Beverly Hills, enjoying the celebrity lifestyle. He needs to read Walk of Fame. Maybe you do too. Poignant writing and great reading.