Starstruck by Michael Joseph Gross

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Why are we so obsessed with fame? In Starstruck, former autograph hound and current entertainment journalist Michael Joseph Gross searches for the answer as he travels from Hollywood to Dollywood, Neverland to Middle Earth. He chases after Mick Jagger with a professional autograph collector; gets the inside scoop from Mary Hart on covering Hollywood for Entertainment Tonight; walks the red carpet with Sean Astin during The Lord of the Rings's Oscar championship season; and discovers what fans look like to the celebrities themselves-who often seem to be among the most starstruck of us all.
"Absorbing."-Michael Musto, Village Voice
"Jaw-dropping."-The Advocate
"Starstruck is a wonderful blend of insight, personal history, sociology, and hilarious gossip...I can't wait for people to start asking Gross for his autograph."-Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil
"Gross works the fame-shame equation with a piercingly funny perceptiveness."-East Bay Express
"Like an anthropologist trained in Hollywood culture, [Gross] understands the positive and negative results of adulation...Gross's writing is honest and humane, and his book is an entertaining look at modern celebrity culture."-Publishers Weekly
"It's hard to imagine a more important, underestimated, and vexing subject for America today than celebrity, and Michael Gross's treatment of the subject is everything one would hope it could be: thoughtful, generous, rigorous, and suspicious of cant."-Jim Shepard, author of Project X
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About Michael Joseph Gross

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Michael Joseph Gross has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, the Nation, and many other magazines and newspapers. He won PEN/New England's 2002 Discovery Award for nonfiction. He lives in California.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 258 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Entertainment reporter Gross, a confessed autograph hound (now reformed) analyzes the meaning of fandom and weighs the psychological costs and rewards of the hunt for idols of movies and television.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Starstruck

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As a youngster, Gross collected autographs, and although his passion for that hobby faded as he got older, his fascination with celebrity remained. Now a journalist (he's written for the <EMPHA

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