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Monday, December 29, 2014

Lorraine Brodek Channels Erma Bombeck

Title:  A Nobody in a Somebody WorldBy Lorraine Holnback BrodekPublished in 2012 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
USA Book News Finalist
ISBN: 978-1-62147-195-0
Author's Web site:
Available on Amazon

Reviewer: Helen Dunn Frame, first published on, Five Star

Perhaps you, like me, can name a few well-known people you have met. For example, I appeared in MS Pinafore with problem child (according to our 6th grade teacher) James Cann. Ted Koppel, his future wife, and I attended Journalism classes together at Syracuse University, and Robert Frost read poetry try to one of my elementary classes.

These brief encounters pale when reading Lorraine Holnback Brodek’s book A Nobody in a Somebody World. She recounts her life growing up in Beverly Hills with the offspring of many famous people and counting among her friends Erma Bombeck.

Nobody is an easy read, whether done in one sitting or not. Lorraine finds humor everywhere, even in truly dangerous situations that she survived.  The book provides insight about living among celebs in Hollywood when you are not one, documented by photos. Her chapter titles play on words. To sum it up, it’s an affectionate and funny book to add to your library.

Lorraine was born in Hollywood and raised in Beverly Hills. She was graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 1958. She received her radio/television degree from USC where she met her producer-husband Tom over 50 years ago. In 1971, she started the volunteer program for Public Television in Phoenix, AZ. Back in Los Angeles, she created the award-winning Warner Bros. Catalog featuring celebrities modeling studio merchandise and became VP of Direct Marketing until 1991.

Because of her outstanding accomplishments, she received the City of Los Angeles’ Mayor’s award. She was recognized as Humor Author of the Month by the University of Dayton and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Published in 2012,  The Tale of Peeky Peeper, is a whimsical Christmas children’s book and game that she wrote and illustrated for Logan. Her hilarious memoir, A Nobody in a Somebody World; My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills was honored this month as Finalist for Best Humor Book by USA Best Book Awards.


Helen has written everything from articles, columns, and public relations materials, as well as edited newsletters and others’ books, but when she “retired” to Costa Rica, she was able to focus on writing books other than her  Greek Ghosts, published in 2003. Secrets Behind the Big Pencil, Inspired by an Actual Scandal recently joined Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida (Second Edition )where you will find references to other books about Costa Rica and lots of data for doing due diligence. They are all available on Amazon.
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