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But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous Hardcover – May 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060843640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843649
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Known for her celebrity profiles, journalist Dunn blends interviewing tips, dirt-digging secrets and memoir-type snippets in a mix that's tough to define, but a delight to read. As a frequent writer for Rolling Stone and contributor to Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue, Dunn can reach an array of stars and has the anecdotes to prove it. She details ducking the paparazzi with Mel Gibson, eating in Dolly Parton's kitchen and posing for three minutes as Ben Affleck's girlfriend to prove a point about how quickly gossip spreads. Refreshingly, she maintains an "Aw, shucks" quality that has become her work's hallmark. By providing a zesty glimpse at her New Jersey childhood and young adulthood, Dunn offers a grounded counterpoint to the breezy tales of pop idol handling. Even after rising in the ranks at Rolling Stone, Dunn is mildly astounded that a Jersey girl who still slips phrases like "Yeah, right!" into her conversation should be shaking in her ritzy hotel room after being berated by Flashdance icon Jennifer Beals for asking about her personal life. Amusing, clever and affable, Dunn shares a satisfying memoir-turned-celebrity dish. (June)
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From The New Yorker

Dunn grew up culturally bereft in the nineteen-eighties, but parlayed a modest knowledge of pop music into a job at Rolling Stone. After establishing her bona fides as a square, she devotes her memoir to an inside look at being a celebrity journalist and the eventual toll this takes on her soul. The chapters alternate between entertaining set pieces—peeking into Madonna's bathroom, being given Velveeta cheese by Dolly Parton (Dunn still has it in her freezer), turning down a rocker's offer of heroin—and considerations of what it means to be an aging rock chick. Dunn tells her story in the brisk prose of a magazine profile, and, in keeping with her memoir's title, she goes easy on personal matters, apparently preferring to show the life of a celebrity interviewer refracted through the lives she writes about.
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

More About the Author

Jancee Dunn grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. She was a writer at Rolling Stone from 1989-2003. She has written for many publications, among them the New York Times, Vogue, GQ, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She has been an entertainment correspondent for Good Morning America and, for five years, a veejay for MTV2. Her memoir "But Enough About Me," about her life as chronically nervous celebrity interviewer, came out in 2006, and the novel "Don't You Forget About Me" followed in 2008. Her collection of essays entitled "Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Ask" was a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. Most recently she collaborated with Cyndi Lauper for "Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir," released September 2012. She and her husband live in Brooklyn.

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Ms. Dunn has had a very interesting life and tells it well.
dawdler
Grabbed this book off the advance reading copy shelf at the bookstore I work at, and I'm so glad I did.
Just Me
I can't praise this book highly enough - what a funny, interesting, informative read!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jancee Dunn's book, But Enough About Me, is an engaging account of her life as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, as well as the time she spent as a veejay for MTV2 and reporter for Good Morning America. Dunn chronicles how she managed to get one of the world's best jobs, and she shares lots of details about meeting the rich and famous. The chapters alternate between her personal memoirs and accounts of some of the interesting interviews she has conducted. Ms. Dunn does a nice dance of sharing just enough information without giving away too much of her clients' musings, and her name-dropping is fun in an unpretentious way. This is a fast, enjoyable read, and anyone with any interest in entertainment personalities will enjoy it immensely. Excellent writing with great stories! Recommended.
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I can't praise this book highly enough - what a funny, interesting, informative read! Jancee Dunn alternates stories of growing up a New Jersey girl in a quirky family, with her experiences talking with celebs. A lot of the celeb experiences start out telling (in a tongue in cheek way) about what NOT to do when you meet a celeb, then going on to tell us a funny or embarrassing story about a meeting with a celeb she had.

It is part celebrity gossip, part hilarious and charming memoir, and part information on the psychology of stars and how to get good information out of them.

I was fascinated on all levels and will be recommending this book highly to everyone I can.
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Pretend your best friend worked at RollingStone. Then pretend she recounted for you in fun, awesomelingly hilarious and sometimes embarrassing detail about every crazy misadventure/celebrity encountered she ever had. "It's Beluga, Baby."

p.s. Endorsed by Dolly Parton on the back jacket ...I mean...need I say more? SOLD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book to bring with me to the beach and am so glad I did! What fun! When Jancee writes about interviewing celebrities, she tells you what you want to know--what they wore, how nervous she was, how they look different in person, the awkward moments. Plus, the stories about her own life are surprisingly interesting. I read it in two days, which for me is some kind of record.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jen Singer on June 27, 2006
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I picked up "But Enough About Me," figuring I'd read it down the shore on my family vacation. Only, I didn't get that far. Instead, I read it in three nights at home, giggling out loud and living vicariously through Jancee Dunn's very entertaining memoir of a "Rock Chick."

If, like me, you're a Jersey Girl and a writer, you'll especially appreciate Dunn's humor and well crafted stories. Yet this gem of a book is a great summer read for anyone who loves good writing, self depricating humor and an inside look at the lives of celebrities -- even if it never makes it into your beach bag.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on March 16, 2006
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Grabbed this book off the advance reading copy shelf at the bookstore I work at, and I'm so glad I did. Anyone interested in pop culture will enjoy this book. I love how Jancee intertwined her life growing up with her life as a celebrity reporter for Rolling Stone, MTV2, etc. I was laughing out loud at parts because it reminded me of growing up with my brother and sister, especially her attempts to get rid of her junk by selling it off to her younger sisters, and her and her sister dancing around with their Sweatworks sweatsuits. I also enjoyed reading about her visits to celebrity homes and her interaction with the Olsen twins. Great reading from a normal girl, who strived to be a little bit rock n' roll.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andi B. on June 4, 2006
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What I liked best about this book is that Dunn always comes off as just a regular girl, the kind you'd want for a friend, who is suddenly hanging out with stars. Her hands are sweating, she's calling her sister from rockers' bathrooms asking for advice, she's trying not to let anyone catch on that she's normal.

I think Dunn's time as a reporter gave her a really clean, pleasant writing style. Her prose just flows.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Keogh on June 5, 2006
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I knew Jancee a million years ago when I was an editor at US, she was part of the cool, smart, funny, hip RS crowd we shared offices with.

Having just finished her book, I see that in addition to being a great writer, she really IS cool, smart, funny and hip. If you have ever wondered what it's like to work in the trenches of celebrity journalism (mostly fun, I can assure you), you will love this book. Jancee has a keen eye for detail and you will love her interactions with the famous and near famous, the well behaved and ill-behaved... her evening with Barry White is practically worth the price of the book...

I am buying this one for all my friends, and if I could, I would give it 10 stars.
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