The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them

The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them

by Julie Klam


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The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them by Julie Klam

From bestselling author Julie Klam comes a lively and engaging exploration of celebrity: why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important.

“When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me,” Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity. As she did for subjects as wide-ranging as dogs, mothers, and friendship, Klam brings her infectious curiosity and crackling wit to the topic of celebrity. As she admits, “I’ve always been enamored with celebrities,” be they movie stars, baseball players, TV actors, and now Internet sensations. “They are the us we want to be.” Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, “some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times.”

In The Stars in Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon. She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status. The result is an engaging, astute, and eye-opening look into celebrity that reveals the truths about fame as it elucidates why it’s such an important part of life today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399573293
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,218,135
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Klam is the New York Times–bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof, Love at First Bark, Friendkeeping, and Please Excuse My Daughter. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fade In 1

1 What We Talk About When We Talk About Celebrities 15

Intermission 1

2 Child Stars: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 23

Intermission 2

3 The Wisdom of Not Believing Your Own Hype 43

Intermission 3

4 The Game Plan for Creating a Star 61

Intermission 4

5 The Flame of Celebrity: Don't Get Too Close 70

Intermission 5

6 A Love-Hate Conversation about the Artist 88

Intermission 6

7 The Way We Were and Are: Celebrity then and Now 98

Intermission 7

8 My Evolving Relationship with Jennifer Aniston 110

Intermission 8

9 Incredible Injectibles: Finding the Line in the Celebrity Sand 123

Intermission 9

10 Reality Bites 140

Intermission 10

11 The Sordid Spectrum of Celebrity Scandal 157

Intermission 11

12 On Location 177

Intermission 12

13 The Shelf Life of a Celebrity Athlete 183

Intermission 13

14 Remember My Name 198

Intermission 14

15 Fade Out 211

Intermission Bios 217

Acknowledgments 221

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