You’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity satire that out-name-drops Beneath a Starlet Sky (St. Martin’s, $24.99) and does it with such perceptive humor. The novel, a follow up to Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper’s “Celebutantes,” revolves around the Cannes Film Festival, a party scene that makes the Oscars look like a church picnic. The 27-year-old heroine, Lola Santisi, is a “Daughter of” (an appellation stuck to her name like an advanced degree, her father being an Academy Award-winning director). But now she’s out to prove herself by launching a friend’s clothing line. These authors know what they’re talking about: Goldberg is the “daughter of” legendary Hollywood/TV producer Leonard Goldberg; Hopper is the “daughter of” the late actor Dennis Hopper. “Beneath a Starlet Sky” celebrates Hollywood culture and makes authoritative fun of it, pushing trends to their illogical conclusions: biodegradable stilettos, breatharian restaurants (“the ultimate in sustainable noneating”), cyber couture (“slashed silk sweatshirts with live Facebook status updates”) and movie sequels like “Eat More, Pray Harder, and Love Hotter.”
Now on her third book, 30-something Laura Dave can comfortably call herself a master of the chick lit novel. You want meet-cute? Young women and wrong men? Burgeoning careers and best friends? Dave’s your gal. In The First Husband (Viking, $25.95), the protagonist is a somewhat lost travel writer, dumped without warning by her live-in L.A. boyfriend when he tastes his first sip of Hollywood fame. Enter a charismatic, curly-haired chef on his way back to the Berkshires to open his own restaurant. Suddenly, the globe-trotter who made her name writing a column called “Checking Out” has to learn how to check in for love.