Film junkies who've always wanted to know exactly which Lexington Avenue subway grating exposed Marilyn Monroe's assets in The Seven Year Itch, or where in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles Mommie Dearest (a.k.a. Joan Crawford) tended her brood, now have the ultimate fix: The Movie Lover's Guide to New York and Hollywood (Broadway Books, $14.95 each), from T+L contributor Richard Alleman. Consider the tomes a cinephile's Lonely Planet: neighborhood by neighborhood atlases to each city's storied relationship with film. Gossip hounds can read rocker Courtney Love's undiplomatic response to Russell Crowe when he refused her advances after the 1999 Academy Awards and see the Manhattan apartment building where film legend Marlene Dietrich warded off fans by pretending to be a maid. The guides also come complete with star maps and enough inside knowledge to practically guarantee a sighting.
—Amy Farley