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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: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'll be lending this book to my other gal pals who came of age in the mid to late 80s, and who also enjoyed an extended adolescence.
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My one complaint about this book is that it jumps around a lot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Kopoulos on March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weasy on February 8, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Goodman Daniel on July 26, 2007
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Confession: I'm only 2/3s of the way through the book and for all I know it could go off the rails...but I really doubt it. Her story's a hoot. I'm not from Jersey but I did finish up high school in CT a few years after her and I've met her kind. Had I moved from California to Jersey instead of Westport, CT I probably would have a had a far better time or at least better stories to tell, although I wouldn't have let big hair happen to me.

I'll be lending this book to my other gal pals who came of age in the mid to late 80s, and who also enjoyed an extended adolescence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mary J. Hada on March 20, 2014
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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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Although I'm a generation older than Jancee, I was able to relate to her stories and self-deprecating humor. This is one of the few books that made me laugh out loud!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
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I just loved this book! It's been sitting on my wish list for quite awhile, but having just finished a Tudor-era book about Henry VIII's sixth wife, I decided to go with something a little 'lighter' for my next book. This was perfect!

Ms. Dunn is funny without trying to be, and tells her stories without the pretentious attitude of a name-dropper. She simply shares her experiences and quirky moments with some of the hottest celebrities out there, but you never feel like she's bragging. She talks about growing up in suburban New Jersey with her very stable and normal family, and the transition from that life, to the life of a Rolling Stone writer (among other things) whose living in New York City, interviewing the most famous people in the country.

Ms. Dunn is very down-to-earth, and is not afraid to embrace her inner-nerd :) She writes as if she were sitting in front of you sharing her experiences. I can't wait to check out her newest book to see how she tackles fiction! In the meantime though, I absolutely recommend 'But Enough About Me'. A great read all around!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By privacy on September 29, 2008
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jancee and her family are fabulous!!!! i just loved them!!!! who could not love her dad?!!! her best friend julie is a go too!!!! one of my favorite chapters is the food parading "party" julie takes her along to..and i also loved her sister reminding her wyland could care less about her so get out of there!! they are far more compelling/endearing/interesting than any of the celebrities she interviews. i've passed this along to friends/family and it always delivers!! excellent/fun little book!!
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