Fame Junkies by Jake Halpern
The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction

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Why do more people watch American Idol than the nightly news? What is it about Paris Hilton’s dating life that lures us so? Why do teenage girls — when given the option of “pressing a magic button and becoming either stronger, smarter, famous, or more beautiful” — predominantly opt for fame? In this entertaining and enlightening book, Jake Halpern explores the fascinating and often dark implications of America’s obsession with fame. He travels to a Hollywood home for aspiring child actors and enrolls in a program that trains celebrity assistants. He visits the offices of Us Weekly and a laboratory where monkeys give up food to stare at pictures of dominant members of their group. The book culminates in Halpern’s encounter with Rod Stewart’s biggest fan, a woman from Pittsburgh who nominated the singer for Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Fame Junkies reveals how psychology, technology, and even evolution conspire to make the world of red carpets and velvet ropes so enthralling to all of us on the outside looking in.
 

About Jake Halpern

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Jake Halpern is the author of Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction, and Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales, hailed by Bill Bryson as “a splendid and engaging account of stubbornness in Modern America." Halpern has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, LA Weekly, and many other publications. He is also a commentator and freelance producer for NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in Connecticut.
 
Published January 3, 2008 by Mariner Books. 268 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home, 2003) investigates the psychological and societal forces behind America's growing addiction to celebrity.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Fame Junkies: The Hidden Trut...

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Author and NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home ) takes a critical look at Americans' infatuation with fame and determines that fame is elusive, desirable—and also possibly addictive.

Oct 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Fame Junkies: The Hidden Trut...

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