Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives

Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives


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In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women.
This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 60 years—from Elvis to John Lennon to Whitney Houston—who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476669120
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has been widely produced and has drawn national media attention. She teaches at Stonecoast MFA. Tamra Wilson is a fiction writer, essayist and Road Scholar speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council. She lives in Newton, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Peter Noone 1

Introduction: The Truth Behind the Sighs

Tamra Wilson 2

Always on My Mind

Love Me Tender (Judy Goldman) 5

The Hands of Time: A Paul Newman Love Story (Nancy Swan) 10

Twisting the Night Away: I’m Sorry, Sam Cooke (Breena Clarke) 16

Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat

Back to Hermania (Tamra Wilson) 24

P.S. I Love You (B.A. Shapiro) 32

Love Is the Ultimate Trip (Michelle Soucy) 38

Meeting Mark Lindsay: A Story of Friends and Fandom (Amy Rogers) 45

Here’s Lookin’ at You

Bogie and the Boys: Humphrey Bogart and Bobby Sherman

(Elizabeth Searle) 50

Beneath the Surface (Ann Harleman) 56

My Horrible Celebrity Crush (Linda K. Sienkiewicz) 60

This Crush Is My Crush (Janice Eidus) 65

Three Stars Will Shine Tonight

Parallel Secrets (Katharine Davis) 71

When I Stumbled Over Rob Petrie (Jill McCorkle) 77

Cowboy Jesus (Marianne Leone) 82

She Loves You

Yeah Yeah Yeah: John, the Thinking Girl’s Beatle (Susan Lilley) 86

Now I Need a Place to Hide Away (Ann Hood) 90

George (Lise Haines) 93

Groovy’s Hat (Marianne Gingher) 97

Loves Me Like a Rock

The Stuff Daydreams Are Made Of (Hank Phillippi Ryan) 102

When I Fell for Dylan (Susan Shapiro) 107

Dear Miss Joni Mitchell (Marjorie Hudson) 111

Followed by a Moonshadow: My Secret Life with Cat Stevens

(Morgan Callan Rogers) 119

I Got You Babe

Cher Bliss (Lesléa Newman) 122

Piece of My Heart (Leslie Lawrence) 126

Bobby Orr (Suzanne Strempek Shea) 133

What Would Chrissie Do? (Katie Hafner) 136

Endless Love

Pretty Brown Girl with Big Brown Eyes (Darlene R. Taylor) 139

Good Guys (Lisa Williams Kline) 145

Julie on My Mind (Mary Granfield) 150

Rescue Me (Leslie Pietrzyk) 154

Rock with You

I Should Have Married Michael Jackson (Susan Woodring) 160

Cry, Baby (Kate Kastelein) 166

Confessions of a ­Would-Be Duran Duran Groupie (Caitlin McCarthy) 170

Can’t Smile Without You

Songs That Make the Young Girls Cry: My Life with Manilow

(Stephanie Powell Watts) 174

Oh, Misha (Ann Rosenquist Fee) 178

What a Feeling (Lee J. Kahrs) 183

Dear MJ: A Love Letter, Late (Shara McCallum) 186

I Will Always Love You

Sending My Representative: Whitney Houston and ­Black-Girl Perfectionism (Dolen Perkins-Valdez) 192

“Digging for Fire”: 1990s’ Nostalgia and the Pixies

(Heather Duerre Humann) 198

Distiple: An Obsession in Ten Albums (Lisa Borders) 202

My Heart Will Go On

I’ll Never Let You Go (Mary Sullivan) 208

“Bowie” (Diana Goetsch) 213

Mary Sue in Search of Lemons (Emlyn Meredith Dornemann) 214

We Were All in Love with Michael Jackson (Susan Straight) 219

About the Contributors 223

Index 229

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