Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Touch of Stardust

Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. 9 CDs. unabridged. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9781101889442. 

Alcott (The Dressmaker, The Daring Ladies of Lowell) brings to life the glitter and glamour of old Hollywood in this exciting and eye opening novel. Indiana native, Julie Crawford, flees her Midwestern roots and heads to the bright lights of Hollywood. She finds a minor job on the set of Gone with the Wind but quickly moves up the ranks when Carole Lombard (a fellow Hoosier) takes her under her wing. Carole a gorgeous, uninhabited, scandalous actress helps Julie acclimate to the dog eat dog world of Hollywood. With Carole's encouragement, Julie pursues her dream of becoming a screenwriter and learns to let go of the past. With the set of Gone with the Wind as their playground, the two Hoosier pals learn that they have more in common then they ever thought possible. Narrated beautifully by the prolific voice actress Cassandra Campbell, who skillfully brings to life an wonderful cast of characters. Filled with interesting Hollywood factoids, romance, and humor, this tale will delight readers and entice them to pick up some classic movies. For fans of glitz, glamour, romance, and old Hollywood. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

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