Fake Books on The Young and the Restless

Newman covers

One of my on going projects is to track down the books that only exist in Springfield. I’m still working on that project, but I thought I’d offer up this list of books that only exist in Geona City, Wisconsin from The Young and the Restless. This is the second time I’ve had enough to warrant an expanded post. I hope you enjoy it.

But first, they have a newspaper in Geona City. It’s called the Geona City Chronicle. The Chronicle was originally edited by Stuart Brooks, but still makes periodic appearences when a newspaper is needed. So far it’s the only soap newspaper I’ve been able to get a copy of, although I was love a Springfield Journal.  Learn more about the Geona City Chronicle and see a sample here:

The primary type of these fake books in Geona City are biographies. It’s really surprising that unlike As the World Turns and Guiding Light they didn’t make any move to bring any of these books into the real world. I think they would find an audience.

Katherine Moore Shepard (Kay) Chancellor’s tell all autobiography (from her own point of view of course which means a lot of distortion) was called Live Until I Die and was co-authored with Amber Moore. Of all the fake books on Y&R this is the one I wish I could read most (except Bumpy the Camel). Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine, did do a life story for real including backstage stories about her time on the soap. It’s called Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.

Victor Newman was the subject of not one, but two biographies that only exist in Genoa City. Victor’s often referenced unauthorized autobiography is called Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story, and was written by Leanna Love under the pen name Nora Randall. His friend Douglas Austin was working on an approved biography, parts of which Leanna lifted and Austin never finished his book after that scandal hit. After Leanna got to know Victor she felt she hadn’t done him justice and published an authorized and more balanced biography under her real name Victor Newman – The Man and the Myth by Leanna “Love” Randolph.

While Nina Webster worked on at least one other book and did the initial draft for a movie based on Kay’s book Live Until I Die, I have only found the title of one of her published books. A Cry in Thin Air was based on Nina’s introduction story where she was pregnant by a juvenile delinquent named Jimmy and the home for pregnant girls she ended up in Geona City actually ended up being a front for a baby stealing ring (Rose Deville, criminal extraordinaire). Nina spent years hunting for her first born son in real time and eventually he was revealed in the person of federal officer Ronan. Ronan had read the book after discovering his true identity (a nifty feat since his adoptive parents were unaware of Nina’s name and identity and it didn’t appear on the paperwork) and used the information in the book to track down his biological father who had died of the same rare disease Ronan suffered from until he was cured by a transplant from his half-brother via Nina, Chance.

Traci Abbott published at least two novels. Echoes of the Past was a novelized account of her life of living in her sister Ashley Abbott’s shadow. Her second novel was called Epitaph for a Lover. Traci was working on a third novel when she moved to New York. No further progress has been reported on air and the title for the third book wasn’t included in the reference I found.


Much earlier Lorie Brooks (one of the storied Brooks girls that were the focus of the first 10 years or so Y&R’s run) wrote novels. Here’s a bit of that:

Yes, that’s Tom Selleck as Jed with Lorie.

There are also children’s books only for the children of Geona City. The children of Genoa City love the children’s series Bumpy the Camel. The author is still turning out new books in this wonderful series that has sold out on first day offerings at the local Geona City bookstore. The author does not live in Geona City.

I thought for awhile that there was another new fake book thanks to a reference in the May 16, 2012 episode of The Young and the Restless. It showed a new children’s book (probably 48 pages) that Cane read to Charlie. It’s called Dot and the Kangaroo. From the bit he read, the kangaroo lost a baby kangaroo. However, it turns out Dot and the Kangaroo is a real book, popular in Australia, although real version is much longer than 48 pages. (May 16, 2012)

I’m still looking titles for Nina Webster’s other books, Cole Howard’s novels, other Traci Abbot novels, Scotty Granger’s novel he wrote in conjunction with Shelia Carter, but never finished and published. I’d appreciate your help with any titles or authors that I’m missing.

UPDATED: December 30 2016

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

2 Responses to “Fake Books on The Young and the Restless”

  1. Amanda Jane Says:

    I would love to read these books. I think it would be fun if a character was a novelist on the show and the books he/she writes makes it into the real world (like in the tv show Castle). That would be so much fun.

    Good luck finding the books! Ebay is your friend. That is how I found a bunch of Dallas and Gidget books. 🙂

    • glmanny Says:

      For some reason “The Young and the Restless” never followed up with those obvious spin-offs. An on their toes marketing department would have churn out “abridged” versions of books from the show so you could still claim stuff not in there was in the unabridged version if you wanted to make up more stuff later. I mean it would make a lot of sense to turn out “Ruthless,” Kay’s book “Live Until I Die,” or even Bumpy the camel.

      The Productor and Gamble soaps were better at this with both “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light” turning out a couple of real books based on those that appeared and drove story on screen.

      Thanks for the good wishes and if you run into one not on my list, please let me know.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: