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Product Details

  • Series: My City
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762784229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762784226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner, a good interview is like a tango—complex, soulful, fiery, exciting and illuminating. She has been performing this dance for more than a decade, contributing to such publications as National Geographic Traveler, ForbesTraveler.com, Four Seasons, Gotham, People, Parade, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Us Weekly, Hamptons, Brides, New York and In Style, where she worked on staff for nine years.

 

“The intrepid Jeryl Brunner” (as she was dubbed by In Style) is known for her prowess in securing quotes from celebs and is regularly called upon to get famous people to reveal themselves. For example PW Booklife.com, the consumer publication from Publisher’s Weekly, hired her to ask notable authors, actors and directors like Frank McCourt, Wynton Marsalis, David Cronenberg and Ruth Reichl about a book that changed their life.

 

Brunner has written cover stories about Chris Noth, Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies for Travel Savvy and Hamptons. She profiled notable New Yorkers for Gotham, including  Le Cirque owner, Sirio Maccioni, Anthony Bourdain, Vanity Fair writer Amy Fine Collins, famed nightclub owner Amy Sacco, noted chocolatier Jacques Torres, and has authored travel pieces for bridal magazines and ForbesTraveler.com. For several years, she had a weekly advice column for Woman’s World magazine, in which she asked celebrities and other luminaries to answer readers’ questions. For example, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger advised on creating a winning PTA campaign strategy and Wes Craven counseled on how to sit through a scary movie.

 

Brunner joined In Style in its infancy in 1994, working as a reporter. In 1999, she was promoted to staff correspondent, where she wrote items for nearly every section of the magazine. One of her regular columns was “On the Phone,” where she gave a celebrity a cell phone and called the star at random during the week. She also edited and wrote “Lookback,” the final page of the magazine, which featured vintage photos of celebrities. Every month, she had the challenge of writing a complete story about a star at the time the picture was taken, in just 180 words.

 

A veteran party reporter, Brunner wrote more than 40 party stories at In Style and has covered events for Us Weekly, People and Life & Style. Her reporting has taken her to the Lord of the Rings premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, to a luxurious spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and to the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night. Brunner has contributed to the book Henry Dunay: A Precious Life about famed jewelry designer, Henry Dunay, writing chapters about the designer's esteemed clientele and his family.

 

Brunner has interviewed scores of celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and Charlize Theron. Her pieces have been quoted in Page Six and in Liz Smith’s column.

Visit her Website at www.jerylbrunner.com.

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Great read and pics in the My City, My Los Angeles book.
Marrybeth Jacoby
Plus, it's always fun to see what celebrities living in L.A., like to do in their rare free time because we all know they have access to the "best of the best".
Travel Therapy
I will be going in September and I'm so glad I got some special info ahead of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hb on March 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently got the book My City, My Los Angeles, and really enjoyed reading it, devouring it actually. I will read travel guides with the same voracious people read novels What a great idea, and perfectly executed. Los angeles is my favorite place, and love reading interviews of people living in Los Angeles and having them mention a favorite place, I have used this to get the best suggestions. I love to enjoy a place as the people who live there do rather than as a tourist. So this book is a GREAT find. The responses and the way it is organized add a real warmth to it. It gave me a deeper insight into Los Angeles, but also fascinating insight into the people themselves by their choices. J. Mascis and Angela Lansbury in one book! I couldn't put it down. You will find yourself being equally charmed by the answers and choices of favorite celebrities as the people you don't know. The recommendations even with out the delightful text are excellent, and helpfully organized at the end of each passage for easy reference. This is the guide I will be taking with me next time a travel to L.A. The recommendations are very diverse as well, covering a wide range of aesthetics, for families, romantic getaways, or the solo traveler. But quite simply, a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travel Therapy on June 12, 2013
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What I love most about this book is that it gives you some great insider tips on cool things to do in Los Angeles coming from people who really know what is what...AND many of the tips given here you can do for FREE. Plus, it's always fun to see what celebrities living in L.A., like to do in their rare free time because we all know they have access to the "best of the best". So whether it's the best beaches in L.A., or best bike rides or even best places for drinks at sunset this book has it all. An easy, fun, interesting read that's a must for anyone visiting or even living in L.A., who is looking for some unique things to do and experience to truly appreciate this fascinating city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRB on June 24, 2013
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One thinks of Los Angeles as anything but a Mecca of high culture but Jeryl Brunner proves that wrong. The variety of people she interviewed and the myriads and myriads of restaurants, activities, art and other institutions included in this very clever book shows that there is more to LA than one expects. Just as in her other book, the one on New York City, this is an invaluable addition to a visit. In fact I can think of no better way to prepare for a trip to LA than readng this book. I lived there for seven years and even so I found places and things to do in her new book that I never knew of when I lived there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Bezold on June 12, 2013
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This is a great follow up book to My City 'My New York '. Which I also loved. I will be going in September and I'm so glad I got some special info ahead of time. Who doesn't love reading about the stars? Maybe we will run into a few now? Great work - Again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lao C. Schaler on June 14, 2013
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So enjoyed this book. LA isn't a place that I've visited but I wish I could after reading all the comments from well-known people and the places that they enjoy visiting.
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More About the Author

For author and journalist, Jeryl Brunner, a good interview is like a tango - complex, soulful, fiery, exciting and illuminating. She's been "dancing" for years, contributing to a variety of publications including O, the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Delta Sky, Elle.com, ForbesTraveler.com, Four Seasons, People, Us Weekly, Brides, Parade, AOL and Huffington Post.

Jeryl joined In Style magazine in its infancy in 1994, and remained on staff for nine years. As a correspondent at the magazine, she wrote items for nearly every section of the magazine. One of her regular columns was "On the Phone," where she gave a celebrity a cell phone and called the star at random during the week. She also wrote "Lookback," the magazine's final page. Since beginning her freelance career in 2003, she has covered travel, trends, celebrities, food, fashion, and entertainment.

"Freelancing offers such a delicious variety of experiences," says Jeryl. Her work has taken her to the Lord of the Rings premiere in New Zealand; to a luxurious spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and to the hospital in St. Remy, France where Vincent Van Gogh painted The Starry Night. "I adore the reporting process," she says. "It's like peeling the layers of an onion until you get to the freshest and most pungent part. Always curious, I cannot think of a time when I was afraid to ask questions. As a child, I used to come up with subjects that interested me, but knew little about, and spent hours in the library investigating (that was long before computers and the internet! I miss the card catalog.) There was something so exciting about the quest. Now I get to and ask questions for a living. And with writing, there's something liberating about having a blank screen and painting with words."

Jeryl lives in New York City. She cherishes walking though Central Park, is absolutely mad for The Musée Rodin in Paris (especially the Camille Claudel room), will never walk out of a play (no matter how bad it is), wonders if you can say you've read a book if you only listen to it, gets a buzz from one sip of pink champagne, always leaves hotel rooms very neat, is gaga for her super cool nephews and has downloaded an embarrassing amount of show tunes on her iPod.

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