The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty combines my two favorite things...reading and vintage film. Although this is a work of fiction, it is based on the life of real silent film star, Mary Louise Brooks. Amazingly, she is a secondary character in the book, which highlights the life of her chaperone, Cora. I don't want to divulge any other part of the plot, but this book might be the best thing you read all summer. Everyone I know who has read The Chaperone has loved this story. A big thumbs-up to the author!
If you're hooked on Louise, try Louise Brooks: A Biography by Barry Paris. If you're really lucky, you may find a copy of the 1998 TCM documentary, Louise Brooks-Looking for Lulu. In any case, read The Chaperone first...then delve into Brooks' life.