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Another City, Not My Own: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  932 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Told from the point of view of one of Dunne's most familiar fictional characters - Gus Bailey - "Another City, Not My Own" tells how Gus, the movers and shakers of Los Angeles, and the city itself are drawn into the vortex of the O.J. Simpson trial. We have met Gus Bailey in previous novels by Dominick Dunne. He is a writer and journalist, father of a murdered child, and c ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published November 9th 1997 by Crown Publications (first published December 12th 1991)
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Kerry Kenney
If you can call something as barbarous as being glued to the OJ Simpson Trial a guilty pleasure, well, that was me. Granted, I had a full time job so I wasn't glue-glued, but I surely read everything I could get my hands on about the trail and the personalities involved. Dominck Dunne is a shameless namedropper. I like this book very much. It definitely scratched an itch for me.
Dominick, Dominick, Dominick. (Shakes head and sighs). What a piece of work.

Here is the precise formula my new bestie used to write his late-1990s Anti-Ode to OJ Simpson, the novel-ish memoir Another City Not My Own:

Excerpt from "Vanity Fair" editorial on the trial.
Scene in which Dominick Dunne, wearing the name of journalist Gus Bailey for the purposes of this piece, is conversing with someone along the lines of Nancy Reagan or Heidi Fleiss at a fancy schmancy Los Angeles eatery.
Said famous
Oct 19, 2008 Tara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I was not impressed by this book at all wherein the fictional alter-ego of the author covers every sordid, over reported instant of the O.J. Simpson trial. His narrator's commentaray which is peppered with, "I would have him/her say this in my book" not only stretches the line between fact and fiction to it's limit, but is also an annoying device. I wish he had just wrote the book from the character's point of view and not his narrator's own. If you lived through the trial, don't waste your time ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominick Dunne is one of my guilty pleasures of reading. His books are always a voyeuristic look into the lives and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Like so many of his other books, once I picked it up I could not put it down. Reliving the trial of OJ Simpson through the eyes of Dunne's antagonist, Gus Baily brought back the fascination and obsession we had with every aspect of this case. Only Dunne can fill in so many side stories, supporting players and the details of the Trial of the Centur ...more
J. Walker
Sep 19, 2014 J. Walker rated it liked it
There are few, if any, characters here – the book is populated with fabricants upon which he hangs famous names, lots of them. He is a ruthless namedropper – but I like him that way. It's certainly a Hollywierd tell-all, but not much else. I'm sure it was cathartic for him to write, and exorcise multiple demons at once, but the manuscript falls into the 'Bob Evans trap': If you don't know who he is by the time he shows up, Mr. Dunne/Baily would have long lost you.

I was along for the ride from st
Jul 23, 2012 Chamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great to listen to, love the dish! Now I have to read the Nicole Brown Simpson book.
Nancy Gay
I feel like some kind of dog reading this lurid and nosy parker book, and the subject matter done to death is the OJ Simpson trial. HOwever, Dunne has a way of endearing himself to his readers even when he is neglecting his family, especially when his own son goes missing in the middle of the OJ trial. Of course, being on the side of the angels in this one, helps his image, but he is obsesesed with the whole thing to an unhealthy extent..oh hdear I keep forgetting to say GUS BAILEY is obsessesed ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Oolookitty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Dunne's "Vanity Fair" writings, I was looking forward to reading this book about the O.J. Simpson trial. However, this book is so badly written and so vapid that it offers nothing of literary or journalistic value. Dunne has no insights into the trial or into Simpson other than musing about his flat, angry stare. Written in a breathless "I went to dinner with Nancy Reagan and then I talked about O.J. to Princess Diana and then I saw Madonna and she said hi to me" kind of prose, this ...more
Michael Alan Grapin
A novel written as a memoir from the point of view of Gus Bailey, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair covering the O J Simpson murder trial. He never loses the certainty of O J's guilt placing him in an unpopular position with those who want to believe that O J is innocent, but making him a very popular guest at upscale parties and On news programs where they relish his perspective. Often repetitive it's still a fascinating read offering incites into the the legal process that turned a count ...more
David Michael Slater
I normally make a concerted effort to avoid paying attention to any "trials of the century." But the combination of the OJ saga being in the news again and my finding the book on tape for a buck compelled me to pick it up. Don't think I got anything out of the poorly written, awkwardly sub-titled work ("A Novel in the form of a Memoir)--other than the guilty pleasure of being disgusted by all the name-dropping and a glimpse into overprivileged lives, not my own.
Aug 30, 2015 Eztizen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, non-fiction
Knowing close to nothing about the OJ case, and this being the first novel by Dunne I've ever read, I have absolutely enjoyed it.

The author does an incredible job of describing not so much the case (which he does), but the country's feelings before, during and after the trial. He tells us about the killer's family, but also the victims'; he describes the main people involved in the trial, lawyers, judge Ito, journalists...; he shows us the world's fascination with everything surrounding OJ. But
Sep 14, 2015 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book as a piece of escape lit. after a very complex read, but it would have been much more enjoyable if it had been even somewhat skillfully written. It seems Dunne's main goal was to clutter the story by dropping as many celebrity names as he could fit within the pages. I've read other crime fiction books of his that were much more worth the time.
Bill Donhiser
Received this as a gift, sat on my shelf for years, finally decided to read it and get it out of my house. there were some interesting moments in it but overall I would have been better off reading something else. I have been convinced since before the trial OJ did it and really did not get much out of this book.
Nov 07, 2010 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Written by Gus/Dominic Dunne about the social life around the OJ Simpson trial. Very guilty pleasure. Read in practically one-fell swoop. Gossip heaven. The narrator who I assume is actually Dunne lives by gossiping to the rich & famous, actually singing for his supper every night at a different dinner party. His son goes missing in the wilderness for 5 days thought dead, and when he is found Gus immediately goes back to his nightly celebrity dinners, saying to his son - we must talk about w ...more
Melisa Thorne
Aug 10, 2015 Melisa Thorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heart Dominick Dunne and picked up this book scrolling through on-line titles at my local library. Unimaginable that the OJ Simpson aquittal was nearly 20 years ago as the events captured in this story brings the reader right into the court room. Dunne's account of the trial is fascinating and his social life during the trial is indulgent.
It was interesting to read these accounts of the O.J. Simpson trial I paid so much attention to. It was also interesting to think of how the "players" have fared over the past two decades; mostly not well.
Lots of name-dropping, but that was typical of Dunne.
Dunne drops so many names my feet were crushed, but he has a sly sense of humor and his revelations of the corruption of the legal system, regarding the rich and famous and the drive to win over the search for the truth, are outrageous and appalling.
Sherrie Gingery
Nov 01, 2012 Sherrie Gingery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunne is able to pull off a fictionalized version of the O.J. Simpson trial. As in his other novels, he does this by portraying himself as a fictional character in the context of real life events. In Another City you can't help but taste Dunne's disgust and angst over Simpson's acquittal.

Like everyone else in the U.S. I, too, was wrapped up with the infamous white Bronco chase, the defense team's court room theatrics, and Mark Furhman's racist comments, but, over the years, I had forgotten how
Dec 28, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I really liked several other Dominick Dunne books and adored his Court TV series, but this book just left me unimpressed and irritated with the ending. I suppose I should have done some research on this one, but I was in the bookstore and saw it on the shelf and had to have. THis was really hard to get through, what with all the name dropping. Also, the dialogue in this was just a little flimsy. I was really hoping for more. As other reviewers said, the "I will put this in my novel" or the V ...more
Mary Frances
I found this really aggravating. Dunne wrote this strange little gossipy book in which he names himself something else but otherwise uses real names, drops a million names, etc. Buried under the sycophantic reverence for the famous and rich there's a commentary on OJ and the way his fame and race led to the jury decision, Ito's poor management of the case, the DAs mistakes, etc. but the book seems almost a parody of itself. It was one of those Amazon loss leaders on sale for Kindle, and just con ...more
Barbara Rifkin
Feb 01, 2016 Barbara Rifkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, three days. Worth a read especially with the OJ mini series starting this week. Such great stuff!!
Jul 25, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fictionalized account of Dunne's own coverage of the OJ Simpson trial. Fascinating in hindsight, and a great beach read.
Dec 23, 2014 Julianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delicious little morsel. Dominick Dunne has quite the lifestyle and shares tidbits of it, mixed with a bit of fiction, during one of the most talked about trials in the United States. A juicy read, indeed.
Sara Cochran
Jan 05, 2016 Sara Cochran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might have loved it more the second time. I love Dunne and miss his presence on this earth.
Just as much dishy fun as it was the first time I read it, 20(ish) years ago.
Meredith Crawford
Jun 17, 2014 Meredith Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trashy. Tawdry. Perfect.
Cleverly written as a memoir, it was an engaging novel. With Dunne's "fiction," it's always so hard to know what is real and what he wishes was real. Because of the topic of this novel--the debacle of the OJ Simpson criminal trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman--and my personal feelings and expierences during the trial, I prefer to believe most of it this time. I only wish that Dunne would have lived long enough to see Simpson finally convicted of something.
Jul 24, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED This book! Being one of the people that followed the trial literally from start to finish, reading this unique take on it was really enjoyable.. Dominick Dunne is a fantastic writer! He was able to bend the very much true story that he told enough to make it fiction as well as being able to weave the story of his own daughter's murder into the plot making it even more captivating... The ending was jaw dropping! He's definitely a writer that I will be reading more of in the future.
Oct 17, 2009 Loreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a 360 page ad for the author's work. He is also a big name dropper. If I knew half of the people he references, I would maybe be more impressed. Then again, maybe not. Some pages are just lists of famous people he knows, insider gossip and society events surrounding the trial. The way he talks about himself in third person is a little disconcerting. I don't know if I'll learn anything more about this trial but I am having fun psyching out this author.
Jan 13, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really, was there a plot buried underneath all the name-dropping? And the name-dropping as well of their fictitious names in his other novels. Seriously, I didn't think I'd make it through, but I persevered.
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Dominick Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways high society interacts with the judiciary system. He was a producer in Hollywood and is also known from his frequent appearances on television.

After his studies at Williams College and service in World War II, Dunne moved to New York, then to Hollywood, where he directed Playhouse 90 and
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