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I Lost My Girlish Laughter
I Lost My Girlish Laughter | Jane Allen
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A lost literary gem of Hollywood in the 1930s, I Lost My Girlish Laughter is a thinly veiled send-up of the actors, producers, writers, and directors of the Golden Age of the studio system. Madge Lawrence, fresh from New York City, lands a job as the personal secretary to the powerful Hollywood producer Sidney Brand (based on the legendary David O. Selznick). In a series of letters home, Western Union telegrams, office memos, Hollywood gossip newspaper items, and personal journal entries, we get served up the inside scoop on all the shenanigans, romances, backroom deals, and betrayals that go into making a movie. The action revolves around the production of Brand's latest blockbuster, meant to be a star vehicle to introduce his new European bombshell (the real-life Marlene Dietrich). Nevermind that the actress can't act, Brands' negotiations with MGM to get Clark Gable to play the male lead are getting nowhere, and the Broadway play he's bought for the screenplay is reworked so that it is unrecognizable to its author. In this delicious satire of the film business, one is never very far from the truth of what makes Hollywood tick and why we all love it.
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An epistolary romp about Hollywood, based on the author's experience as personal secretary to Douglas Selznick and dubbed a lost classic? So much yes.

thebackyardgnome Sounds cool, and the cover is beautiful! 1y
LeahBergen What a great title! 😆 1y
dabbe Stacked! Hollywood and Selznick and the 1930s? Count me in! ❣️ 1y
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This book was originally written in the late 1930‘s and is considered a lost gem. The book is an epistolary novel, told in letters and journal entries and even Western Union Transmissions.

For my full review, visit my blog at: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/11/04/i-lost-my-girlish-laughter-book-review...

Thank you NetGalley and Vintage for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ​

rubyslippersreads I just heard about this and am disappointed that it may not be as good as I hoped. 😏 5y
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I‘m road-tripping and stopping in a few bookshops along the way so I thought it was time for a few more #BooksIDidntBuyAtTheBookstore.

I think I lost my girlish laughter YEARS ago. 😆

TrishB Love it 💕😂😂 5y
AlaMich *snort* 5y
Leftcoastzen 😍 5y
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mabell And How! 5y
GlassAsDiamonds I would totally have bought that!! Love pulpy fiction!! 😂😂😂 5y
rubyslippersreads Words fail me. 😂 5y
LauraJ I don‘t think I ever had any girlish laughter. But yeah, @GlassAsDiamonds, I would‘ve bought it too! 5y
Lreads Is that what they called it?! 😉😂 5y
rabbitprincess 😂😂😂😂😂 5y
Theaelizabet Hubba hubba! 😉 5y
BarbaraJean I think I found my girlish laughter just looking at this cover... 5y
Kalalalatja Love these posts! 😂😂😂 5y
Lcsmcat 🤣🤣 5y
MaureenMc Ooh, and you found the unabridged version! 5y
Melissa_J I wish you‘d bought this and shared some of it with us 😂 5y
GlassAsDiamonds @LauraJ yeah, I‘m pretty certain I skipped the “Girlish laughter” gene too!! 😂😂😂😂😂 5y
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 5y
saresmoore I‘m trying to think of a clever comment, but I just can‘t get past those breasts! Awooga! 👀 5y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 5y
rabbitprincess @saresmoore Best sound effect 😂😂😂😂 5y
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Suet624 Wow. 5y
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