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The Stars In Our Eyes : The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them

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From bestselling author Julie Klam comes a lively and engaging exploration of celebrity: why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important. "When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me," Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity. As she did for subjects as wide-ranging as dogs, mothers, and friendship, Klam brings her infectious curiosity and crackling wit to the topic of celebrity. As she admits, "I've always been enamored with celebrities," be they movie stars, baseball players, TV actors, and now Internet sensations. "They are the us we want to be." Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, "some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers, a thirteen-year-old 'viner, ' and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times." In The Stars in Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon. She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status. The result is an engaging, astute, and eye-opening look into celebrity that reveals the truths about fame as it elucidates why it's such an important part of life today.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Hudson Street Press (an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1594631360
  • 9781594631368
  • 54,080

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I really love Julie Klam s smart and neurotic mind. In this book, she makes our celebrity obsession important and resonant. Jon Ronson, author of theNew York Times bestsellingThe Psychopath Test A celebrity book for grownups . . . Julie Klam part memoirist, part social anthropologist, and part oral historian manages to be both a fan and a critic alike. Meghan Daum, author ofThe Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Julie Klam examines the reasons for our preoccupation with the world of fame and the celebration of it. . . . I loved this book, and kept sneaking away to read it. Carly Simon, New York Times bestselling author ofBoys in the Trees: A Memoir Perspicacious and generous of spirit, The Stars in Our Eyesis solid fun from beginning to end. Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author ofToday Will Be Different What s it really like to be famous, to have paparazzi waiting in the bushes outside your Malibu cottage? It happened to me once and nearly killed me. Julie Klam tells the real story behind celebrities once and for all. Erica Jong, bestselling author ofFear of Flying Julie Klam proves a funny, affable guide through our baffling obsession with celebrity. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author ofSeinfeldia"show more

About Julie Klam

Julie Klam is the New York Times-bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof, Love at First Bark, Friendkeeping, and Please Excuse My Daughter. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in New York City.show more

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