Fame Junkies: Book summary and reviews of Fame Junkies by Jake Halpern

Fame Junkies

The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction

by Jake Halpern

Fame Junkies

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For the past few years, Jake Halpern has reported on fame for NPR's All Things Considered. This book chronicles his journey through the underbelly of Hollywood and launches a broad investigation of America's rabid fascination with the lives of celebrities.

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"What Halpern discovers, aided by media experts and psychologists, not surprisingly addresses issues of technology, social power, self-esteem and prestige. The problem is that Halpern, like many of the experts he relies upon, reasons by analogy and ends mostly with speculation." - PW.
"An astute look at the mighty vortex of fame, which this author believes will only get more powerful." - Kirkus.

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Jake Halpern Author Biography

He was born in Buffalo, New York. He later attended Yale University, where he received an undergraduate degree in 1997, and is a fellow of Morse College at Yale where he teaches a seminar on journalism.

Halpern is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, the author of Fame Junkies and Braving Home, and the coauthor of three young adult novels. He is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University. His hour-long radio story "Switched at Birth" is one of This American Life's eight most popular shows ever.

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