HOLLYWOOD TOUGH
BY STEPHEN J. CANNELL (St. Martin’s Press, $24.95)
The third installment in the Shane Scully series finds the LAPD detective hot on the trail of a mob boss and his cronies who’re bent on taking over a lucrative film business via the unions. Bestselling author and Emmy award-winning writer/producer Cannell is well-equipped to handle the inside-Hollywood scoop.
OUR READ: A TINSELTOWN PAGE TURNER

ON BLONDES BY JOANNA PITMAN (Bloomsbury, $24.95)
Number of natural blondes in the U.S.: one in 20. Number of American females who dye their hair blond: one in three. A statue of Aphrodite gets credit for starting this craze; the depiction of the goddess of love and fertility had golden-hued hair of such legendary sexual potency that she inspired imitation among the darker-haired courtesans of ancient Greece. Pitman weaves a rich story of the famous and infamous blondes throughout history, as well as their admirers.
OUR READ: DO BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN? READ AND FIND OUT.

THE CURE BY DAN PAUL AND JEFF COX (Wiley, $24.95)
Cox, author of the bestselling business books The Goal and Zapp!, joins forces with former GE exec Paul for an entertaining novel that takes readers through the dramatic process of transforming Essential Corporation into a flexible, quick, and “boundaryless” organization in less than a year.
OUR READ: PAINLESS HOW-TO; ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE


new on dvd

with funnyman steve martin hosting the oscars (march 23 on abc), the star-studded awards show is guaranteed to be a hit. and this month’s dvds offer some great pre-oscar prep. march 4, snap up the oscar best picture collections 1 and 2. you’ll need a box of tissues for the first set — the epic dramas collection’s ben-hur, gone with the wind, and casablanca. the second, a musically oriented collection, features my fair lady, gigi, and an american in paris.
new dvds generating oscar buzz include white oleander (march 11), which stars michelle pfeiffer in the performance of a lifetime, and road to perdition(now available), featuring several past oscar winners, including tom hanks and paul newman. directed by sam mendes, who won an oscar for american beauty, this is one to watch go for the gold.

— anna fialho