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Danielle Turchiano is a Los Angeles-based freelance Writer/Producer. She has worked on over a dozen independent film and television projects and self-published her first novel, "Stars in their Eyes," in November 2007. She is a self-proclaimed pop culture addict who contributes to various entertainment news sites as well as owning and operating her own website, My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture. She also enjoys the beach, cupcakes, and her dog, Madison.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453635432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453635438
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,906,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patricia L. Steffy on August 20, 2010
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Already a fan of Turchiano's writing having followed her blog for years, I was eagerly awaiting the release of her second novel. She did not disappoint!

Told from the point of view of a young woman tackling topics from religion to sex with the guidance of her television role models, the book captures not only the essence of pop culture in the 1990s, but adeptly and wryly explores the perils of coming-of-age off-screen. From her earliest memories of watching "Days of Our Lives" while her mother tended to her dying grandmother to her so-called "May-December" intellectual romance with all things Stephen King, Turchiano takes the reader through the milestones of her early life.

"You're only as good as your examples," says Turchiano recalling the wisdom gleaned from watching countless "destined to be" relationships unfold on the screen, or on the pages of a well-loved novel. Don't be fooled--this is no passive acceptance of entertainment wisdom. Rather Turchiano weaves a tale of risk free trial and error that leaves the reader empathizing with her and cheering her on... and wondering what "Tan Man" is up to today.
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It is no secret that I love TV. I always have...and I am pretty certain I always will. Aside from the millions of moments TV has helped to pass, it has also led me to many other good things...one of the best? OTHER TV LOVERS!!!!!

I 'met' Danielle Turchiano via Twitter last year and quickly learned that we had lotsa' TV in common...and one particular fake TV boyfriend too. Danielle's TV Tweets led me right to her blog, Made Possible by Pop Culture where I found myself in TV heaven. Recently, Danielle released a book based on her blog...My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. You love TV? You must read her book!

I had the chance to chat with Danielle about the book...juicy details and all!

Jenna: You are a brave girl for sharing such a personal journey. What part(s) did you find the most difficult to get on paper -from an experiential aspect?

Danielle: Well first of all, thank you! In all honesty, though, the hardest thing for me to do as a writer is not to put the stories on paper but instead to self-edit. Especially with this book-- the chapters are memories, not fictional tales, and I found that once I was recalling the situations, the hindsight commentary just flowed.

Since I self-published this book, though, I didn't work with a professional editor, so I found that the challenge became in looking at and revisiting each chapter once I completed it. And I'm not just talking about red-penning a manuscript for sentence structure, spelling, and grammar but also for content and context, as well.

In "Someone With Whom To Eat Cheese," for example, the end result is a handful of paragraphs showcasing some of what I have considered "unsuitable suitors" over the past few years.
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Danielle Turchiano's "My life Made Possible By Pop Culture" is an extraordinary look at a young lady's personal development vis a vis her own psyhological analysis of relationships outlined by TV and Film. She writes the way she speaks and thinks. Her succinct, no-nonsense, heart on the sleeve approach provides insight into her world as a street smart kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, attending magnet schools. Not only does she test her own boyfriends to see whether they match up to her idea of the perfect relationship but she carefully conceals her own identity while entering chat rooms simply as an exercise to 'get rid of the driftwood' that doesn't match her formula of the perfect relationship. She becomes a profiler and continues this psychological exercise out West where she attends USC and enters the field as an entertainment correspondent. Along this journey she exposes several personal insights and is never shy to voice her opinion on anything.

Extremely well written, Ms. Turchiano's treatise provides a unique insight into the mind of an extremely perceptive and intelligent individual who exudes creativity and common sense. A must read by "children of all ages". A GREAT idea for a series or film, of course, written, produced and directed by Ms. Turchiano
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