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“Disarmingly funny.” (People)

“Relentlessly readable.” (New York Magazine)

“Breezy…juicy…irresistable…as entertaining as the megastars [Dunn] has built a career on profiling.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A fresh look at our star constellations. . . . Dunn brings a fan’s enthusiasm to her showbiz profiles.” (USA Today)

“[A] hilarious, gushy, totally gratifying memoir.” (DailyCandy.com)

“Pitch-perfect.” (Vogue)

“Hilarious tales of a career spent chronicling life on the A list.” (Rolling Stone)

“Delightful” (Daily News)

“A touching, laugh-out-loud memoir.” (New Jersey Star Ledger)

“I loved this book from start to finish ... Jancee Dunn is a wonderful storyteller.” (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of PREP)

“Hilarious -- you won’t be able to keep from reading the whole thing.” (Matthew Klam, author of SAM THE CAT)

About the Author

A writer for Rolling Stone since 1989, Jancee Dunn was a correspondent for Good Morning America and an MTV veejay. She has written for GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, and other publications.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060843659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843656
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dunn gives her readers two books in one. She warmly writes about her childhood in suburban New Jersey during the 1980s. Her friends and family could easily have been cast in any John Hughes film of that decade. She reminds us that the 1980s were all about having an endless supply of cassette tapes for the boom box, Bruce Springsteen concerts, tanning with baby oil, and using an entire can of Aqua Net to keep your perm firmly in place.

She also provides sly instructions on the fine art of the celebrity interview such as:

How to sneak a peak inside Madonna's bathroom and Dolly Parton's kitchen;
How to appreciate the grooviness of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonnet;
How to politely decline a rock star's offer of heroin; and
How interviewing Barry White can heal a girl's broken heart

Dunn knows how to get the story and, in But Enough About Me, she proves that she can deliver it as well.
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Jancee Dunn isn't your typical starlet. She's from the unglamorous New Jersey, where she lives with a bizarre family who snack on sugar sandwiches, and worship J.C. Penney - the store, and the man behind the store. Like I said, she's no starlet, but Jancee Dunn has enough spunk in her pinky finger alone to entertain the reader, and make you envy her as she takes on the entertainment world, one celebrity at a time, via her stint at the legendary Rolling Stone magazine.

If there was one thing Jancee Dunn was from a young age, it was being obsessed with music. Her bedroom was cluttered with cassette tapes depicting everything from Madonna to Bruce Springsteen; her boombox was constantly blaring - much to her parents chagrin; and her weekends were full of music concerts. Music aside, however, Jancee was a typical eighties teenager, complete with a perm that was held in place with countless cans of Aqua Net hairspray; and tanning with whole bottles of baby oil. The oldest of three children, Jancee was a musical influence on her younger sisters, and tried to instill a love of song in the both of them - in-between her impromptu bedroom garage sales, that is. As Jancee gets older, she stops her late-night Jersey partying, snags a job at Rolling Stone Magazine, and begins hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Making peanut butter fudge with Loretta Lynne; scurrying around Star Jones' glamorous New York apartment; shopping with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; and being offered drugs by Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots. Even with her celebrity partying, Jancee doesn't forget her family, and spends much time communicating with them via telephone - in the midst of other things, of course, such as working at MTV2 and Good Morning America.
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This was a loose enjoyable book. There's no real insider gossip. Scott Weiland did drugs--yeah we know. Bono wrote Sweetest Thing for his wife-- no secret.
The story of the author growing up was fun to read. I live in New Jersey so I knew the places she went. My family went school shopping at JC Penny's in Willowbrook also.
The book dragged a little in the middle, but it picked up when she dated again. I rooted for her to find another job and handle her friends getting their own lives.
She is a talented author who made this an enjoyable book.
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I started this thinking that I don't really care about Rolling Stone journalists..but it's very interesting..and she writes so much about her life and family too. She is a great writer..I haven't finished..but I kind of hate to! I am going to read her other books too.
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This is a two-for, for sure! Information in the book is flows in two parts. The first is about how Jancee prepares for interviews and the second is about Jancee's life. The result is information that almost everyone can use in their careers (especially if their careers depend on getting other people to talk), plus an easy-to-read, lightly humorous biography.

I found this book because a humorist listed it as one of her favorite books. Now it is one of mine!
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The fonts they selected for this book are not the best. She alternates a chapter about her life with a chapter about interviewing celebrities -- and I bet you only bought the book for the celebrity part because the rest of it is a fairly routine life story about being a kid, going to school, getting those first bad jobs, then IS IT REALLY THAT EASY to get a job on Rolling Stone? Wow. And that easy to live in New York? Okay, granted, she moved there from New Jersey, but still, if I had known it was that easy to live in New York and get a job on a magazine, I would have given it a shot. Anyway, back to the fonts. The font used for the celebrity chapters is really hard to read and strains the eyes. She really doesn't tell you any behind-the-scenes secrets about the celebrities. And in the very last chapter, we read how she met her future husband, and the book ends there because it is a universal truth that once you meet the person you are going to marry, your own life ends. And I am not joking.
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I loved this book. It's a nice story and laugh out loud funny. I've sent it to 3 people and they all loved it too.
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