It's an understatement to say that I am a virgin to the biographies. I always have shy ed away from this category in book stores, convinced that they wouldn't be entertaining enough for me. Boy have I been wrong. Severely wrong. Finding myself on the Jitney last month with no working internet, I was forced to try and kill my boredom by reading the only thing I had on hand: The Ava Gardner Biography by Lee Sarver. It had been part of the Roaring 20's Gift Bag, and, kept me busy for the two hours I had left of my ride. And then the countless restless night's before bed time to follow.
I'm only one third of the way in, but Ava has already taken me through a dozen "average" lifetimes. While Sarner takes you through the cities, movies, and lovers of Ms. Gardner, he also opens your eyes on the long lost Golden Age of Hollywood in "Love is Nothing." Love may be nothing, but I'm in love with the beauty of Ava and her cast of characters.