But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Surprising Adventures Through The Celebrity Looking Glass by Jancee Dunn

Rolling Stone magazine’s Jancee Dunn has written a fun, fast-paced memoir about her refreshingly un-dysfunctional family and her how-did-this-happen-to-me foray into hobnobbing with the rich and famous. As a columnist for rock and roll’s most well known periodical, the author has interviewed everyone from strung-out heavy metal heroes to country icons like Dolly Parton. And despite But_enough_about_me investing in an all-black wardrobe, partying at New York City’s hippest clubs and schmoozing with the stars, Jancee eventually makes peace with the fact that she is really a “geek” who enjoys hanging out with her mom and watching made-for-TV documentaries. The chapters alternate between straight-up autobiography and humorous essays in which Dunn waxes philosophical about her vocation as a rock and roll journalist. My favorite is “None for Me, Thanks: Gracefully Refusing Your Host’s Kind Offer of Heroin” which finds a jittery Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) unsuccessfully attempting to seduce Jancee into snorting smack during an interview. 30-something music fans and those who miss MTV’s golden age of videos will enjoy this down-to-earth ride through Rolling Stone’s hallowed halls.

(Karen Favreau, Hemphill Library)

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