The Magic of Old Hollywood Books

Molly Fader discusses her remarkable historical fiction novel, The Sunshine Girls, and collection of Old Hollywood books as captivating as the silver screen.

The Magic of Old Hollywood Books with Molly Fader

If you have a nurse in your family, this show is dedicated to you! In today’s episode of Book Gang, we have the pleasure of hosting Molly Fader, an award-winning author who wrote one of my favorite historical fiction novels this year, The Sunshine Girls

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader

The Sunshine Girls intricately weaves together the themes of three friends navigating nursing school, Hollywood adventures, and the Vietnam War in one delicious soapy escape. 

Inspired by Molly’s mother’s nursing career in the 1960s, we delve deeper into the charming friendship story that overlapped with her mother’s, as well as how she wanted to capture the traditional yet, sometimes sexist aspects of nursing school with the contrasting opportunities for independence it offered to women in these careers. 

Molly also addresses her unique writing experience under pen names, with over 50 romance novels published. If you are curious about series writing for Harlequin, she explains how this taught her to be a better writer while managing her larger-than-life role as a mom. 

If you want to dive deeper into the best Old Hollywood book stack, we have you covered in the second part of our conversation. Molly is a seasoned reader of the golden age of Hollywood. From real-life movie stars to science fiction explorations in the film industry, you will find more than a few movie stars to love in your book stack today. 

The Best Books About Old Hollywood to Get Swept Away

Today’s BONUS BOOK LIST celebrates our favorite classic Hollywood moments in our fiction and nonfiction stacks, so don’t miss this special list we have crafted for our summer series. 

Author Molly Fader

Meet Molly Fader

Molly Fader is the author of The McAvoy Sister’s Book Of Secrets. As Molly O’Keefe, she is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and a rescue dog.

The Magic of Old Hollywood Books

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2023 MomAdvice Summer Reading Guide

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader

Elizabeth A. Allen

When I Die I’m Going to Heaven ‘Cause I’ve Spent My Time in Hell by Barbara Kautz

Home Before Morning by Lynda Van Devanter

Molly O’Keefe

M. O’Keefe

The Petticoat Kid

Stuntman! by Hal Needham

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

The Greatest Showman

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Amy’s interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid Writes Her Own Hollywood Success Story

Writing Nuanced Queer Protagonists: A Q&A with the Taylor Jenkins Reid

Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter

Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? by Crystal Smith Paul

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


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The Zero by Jess Walter

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

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The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

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