A Touch of Stardust

A Touch of Stardust

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Random House, Inc.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming ofGone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.

When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern hometown. The young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, but the only job Julie’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick, who is busy burning through directors, writers, and money as he filmsGone with the Wind.
Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical world ofGone with the Wind come to life. Julie’s access to real-life magic comes when Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world Carole shares with Clark Gable, who is about to move into movie history as the dashing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something of a problem for the studio because Gable is technically still married—and the last thing the film needs is more negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the affair from slipping out. But she can barely keep up with her blond employer, let alone control what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie soon finds she doesn’t want to. Carole, both wise and funny, becomes Julie’s model for breaking free of the past.
In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a front-row seat to not one but two of the greatest love affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love between Carole and Clark. Yet beneath the shiny façade, things in Hollywood are never quite what they seem, and Julie must learn to balance her career aspirations and her own budding romance with the outsized personalities and overheated drama on set. Vivid, romantic, and filled with Old Hollywood details, A Touch of Stardust will entrance, surprise, and delight.

Baker & Taylor
Taking a job at the studio where David O. Selznick is filming "Gone with the Wind," Julie Crawford becomes an assistant to Carole Lombard, a rising actress from Julie's hometown who embarks on a scandalous affair with Clark Gable.

Baker
& Taylor

Taking a job at the studio where David O. Selznick is filming Gone with the Wind, Julie Crawford becomes an assistant to Carole Lombard, a rising actress from Julie's hometown who embarks on a scandalous affair with Clark Gable. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385539043
Branch Call Number: FIC Alcot
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_LESLEY Nov 17, 2016

A quick fun historical fiction read for fans of old Hollywood and Gone With the Wind.

PimaLib_SueJ Feb 23, 2016

A Touch of Stardust shows Clark Gable with Carol Lombard. If you liked this book, now try Clark Gable with Loretta Young in All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani.

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NANALANG51
Feb 18, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much as well. I loved hearing about all the dramatic actions of David O. Selznick while filming Gone with the Wind. It makes me want to read the book and see the movie again. Loved the characters and the author's style of writing. Looking forward to reading "The Dressmaker" and the "Daring Ladies of Lowell" now.

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EmilyEm
Jan 26, 2016

Recent Smith grad Julie Crawford heads to Hollywood with the dream of being a screenwriter. We follow along for a year as she learns the ropes, all while getting immersed in the filming of 'Gone with the Wind' and the lives of Clark Gable and his soon-to-be-wife Carole Lombard.
Light reading, very fun.

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brangwinn
Apr 29, 2015

What a great look at Hollywood and the creation of the movie, GONE WITH THE WIND. In fictional form, both Carole Lombard and Clark Gable became human, not just stars we see on the screen. The story revolves around Julie Crawford who came to Hollywood to be a writer. It seems she leads a charmed life, because not only does she fall in love with a Jewish writer, Carole Lombard picks her as a personal assistant, giving Julie an inside look at the romance of Carole and Clark Gable. Add to this the challenges of making GONE WITH THE WIND, and you've got a sure fire fun and interesting read about Hollywood.

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matcat44
Apr 26, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A straight -forward tale told without pages of introspection and description. Just a very entertaining read.

KHaney Feb 25, 2015

A fascinating story set around the making of my favourite movie, Gone with the Wind. Got totally absorbed in the book and was sorry when it ended, sign of a great read!

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