Mikel Jollett VIP Event
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Pre-order your copy of Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett from Changing Hands Bookstore and you'll gain entry into a VIP event with Mikel Jollett before The Airborne Toxic Event concert!
  • This promotion is limited to the first 300 orders of Hollywood Park.

  • Pre-order below!

  • Proof of book purchase from Changing Hands is required for access to the VIP event. (You must also have a ticket to the concert, of course.) Each VIP attendee must have a book. Guests without a book will not be admitted to the VIP event.

  • At checkout below, you can choose to pick up your order at the bookstore, or have it delivered. You can also pick up your book at the VIP event.

  • The VIP experience will include a booksigning, a discussion of Hollywood Park, and a Q&A with the author.

VIP Event  |  This event takes place at The Van Buren and concert tickets are required. Please note: This is not a Changing Hands event.


HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults.  Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother.  But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol.  Raised by a clinically depressed, narcissistic mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.
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ISBN: 9781250621566
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Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020