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But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  3,586 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
The second I stepped through the doors of Rolling Stone as a real employee, I wanted to shake off my old personality like the rigid husk of a cicada. But how could I cultivate a new, hip persona when I lived with my parents in a New Jersey suburb and wore black leggings as pants?

New Jersey in the 1980s had everything Jancee Dunn wanted: trips down the shore, Bruce Springst
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2006)
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Nov 03, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring celebrity journalists, memoir mavens, suburban tragics

But Enough About Me interweaves accounts of Jancee Dunn’s New Jersey adolescence with her brushes with fame as a Rolling Stone reporter. I first read this part-memoir, part-gossip magazine when it was published in 2006, and was curious to see if it held up to a second reading.

This time round, I initially found the contrast between the author’s suburban family and her famous subjects to be overdone. Was she suggesting that her family — whose idea of a fun outing is photographing each other lying

Kate SouthernBelleSimple
I'm giving this book four stars because even though it is not really on the same level as the other books I give four stars to, I did really like it. I thought the chapters with the celebrity stories were good, but my favorite parts were her family stories. She writes with a real voice that most writers don't get today. For example, her mom is from a small town in Alabama and she writes the dialog so genuinely. After I finished this, I picked up another book (about your typical southern heroine ...more
Gina Boyd
Jan 24, 2008 Gina Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best memoirs I've read since David Sedaris. Dunn is a wonderful writer and story teller with a generous, friendly personality, and I really wish I knew her.

I loved her stories about Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks especially, but I have to say I enjoyed reading about her personal life more than reading about her celebrity experiences. She cracked me up to the point of exploding tears on my glasses--especially when she recounted her visit with a friend who'd just had a baby.

Nov 02, 2009 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this made me laugh out loud - especially when she talks about spending weekends away with a bunch of friends..
Rachel C.
May 22, 2008 Rachel C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Rolling Stone; my fellow followers of celebrity news and gossip
Shelves: non-fic, subj-music
The memoirs of a Rolling Stone reporter and former MTV VJ. A light, enjoyable read.

Having no idea who Jancee Dunn was, I didn't really pay much attention in the chapters about her background. The celebrity anecdotes are fantastic, though. It reads a bit like People Magazine without the pictures. One of the best stories involves Dolly Parton's kitchen, which is apparently well-stocked with delightful items such as Velveeta, Spam and bacon grease. Dunn claims to have a chunk of Velveeta still sitt
Brigit Zelenak
Jancee Dunn- entertainment reporter for such notables as The Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times, writes with an ease that's admirable. From her humble `jersey girl' beginnings (you're from Jersey.. which exit?!?) to her string of aimless ne'er-do-well boyfriends, to her forays into the world of media & music legends, she's the unassuming girl-next-door who sat by you in 3rd period chemistry class.

But Enough About Me. From Eighties Geek To Rock `n' Roll Ch
Amanda Raab
Sep 05, 2007 Amanda Raab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pop culture geeks, chick lit lovers
Jancee Dunn was a writer for Rolling Stone back when I still read it and found it remotely relevant - in high school and college. Now, that kid from High School Musical 2 is on the cover. Anyhoo, I always liked her personable, sincere style on the page and thought she was pretty awesome during her stint as an MTV2 vj.* This book is a coming-of-age memoir of her Jersey adolescence and experiences as a celebrity interviewer. She's immediately endearing and funny, focusing on her quirky, tight-knit ...more
Sep 04, 2007 HM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again...another memoir but MUCH lighter than the "Long Way Gone" one! :)

This is the memoir of a girl who grew up in New Jersey, loving all that Jersey life offered during the 1980s: big hair, weekends down the shore, driving around listening to Springsteen. (Shazz are you interested yet??) :)

Anyway, she eventually lands a job with Rolling Stone magazine, as she has always had a voracious love of music of all types. She also has a borderline OCD personality which really resonated with me as I ten
Mar 12, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
After reading one of Jancee Dunn's recent books I realized I had an old copy of this on my shelf and had never read it. DEAR GOD, WHY? All I want to do is hang out with Jancee Dunn now. What's not to love about a slightly anxious homebody who somehow became a rock & roll journalist, despite her inner desires to go home and watch Civil War documentaries and make paper turkey decorations? Criminitely. Also, as a person who has the occasional (terrifying) privilege of interviewing musicians, I ...more
Dec 31, 2007 RandomAnthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I don't know. Dunn works a little too hard at times to be "just a normal lil' girl from Jersey." She overblows the self-depreciation. On the plus side, she seems to write like she talks, and I did find myself rooting for her, although she pushes the "stars like me because I'm real!" thing a bit much, too. I didn't get why she had to include the whole "drug boyfriend" section...the section seemed more narrative bridge/device than anything. The marketing department should be slapped for trying to ...more
Jessica Fitting
May 06, 2015 Jessica Fitting rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious memoir that weaved stories of the author's childhood and stumbling into journalism in the 90s, with chapters on journalistic advice like "how to politely turn down cocaine" and "how not to throw up when you meet Madonna". It was incredibly down to earth and talked about what watching, living, and then turning down a rock and roll lifestyle is like. I rarely enjoy memoirs but this happily goes on the shelf alongside Tina Fey's and other humor focused ones. Highly recommended for a beach ...more
Erin Tuzuner
A third or fourth reading of this gem. A quick, fun read that can make me laugh or cry depending on the time of the month.

The music anecdotes alone are gold, but the interviewing of the personal mixed with attempted cynicism and genuine kindness are excellent therapy for rough days at work or home.

First read in 2010, given away, checked out from three separate libraries, and put on an amazon wishlist.
Aug 25, 2007 Misha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, music
If you are looking for a delightful memoir that isn't a dysfunctional family pity party, then this is the one for you. Jancee Dunn, one-time MTV VJ and Rolling Stone reporter, writes affectionately about growing up with two younger sisters in New Jersey in the 1960's and 70's. This memoir is tender and funny and jam-packed with fantastic period detail. While she does dish on her celebrity interviews, it is her writing about family and relationships that makes this a standout.
May 05, 2008 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. Aside from all that I related to (growing up at the same time a few towns away from Dunn, working in the publishing biz and for consumer mags, the continual dating woes), I found it to be a wonderful memoir of a remarkable career. That she got to interview a few of my favorites (madonna, U2) and told it like it is (and how i truly thought it would be --madonna, especially) was just icing on the cake. I read it in a week and highly recommend.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I loved the candid takes on how she felt while being around celebrities.
Getting information for her friends, especially what Madonna had in her bathroom, was priceless.
Awesome idea. Loved the glimpses from back in the day.
Jul 15, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant surprise. It was really, really funny! The chapters alternate between the author's life story, and behind-the-scenes details of her celebrity interviews. It read like a cross between Us Magazine and a PG-13 Chelsea Handler book. Cheesy fun.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I enjoyed this book, which tells the story of Jancee Dunn, a writer for Rolling Stone and a Mtv VJ. It had a lot of good tidbits about celebrity intrigue. It seemed to end really quickly, almost too quickly.
Nov 07, 2008 Kimmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a must-read for the lovers of the rock 'n roll. plus, the author is hilariously self-deprecating and very likable.
Jan 23, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. Love. This. Lady.
Nov 14, 2016 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very unobjective 5 stars...I loved this book
Mar 12, 2017 Arriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jancee Dunn is hilarious and ridiculous! She is able to make fun of herself and her life without being depressing. Her stories about the famous people she has interviewed interwoven with the story of her life and family are detailed, descriptive, funny, and realistic. I love that this anxious, class clown became an interviewer, MTV veejay and tv personality. She admits that she has no idea what she is doing most the time and seems to have made peace with that, considering it has landed her a lif ...more
Jancee Dunn's story is one of a small time girl with big time dreams without as much of the cliche. She makes her way out of a small suburb in New Jersey into the rock n roll world of Rolling Stone magazine; right into the life of the absurdly famous.

This was a pretty light read and an interesting memoir. I appreciated the fact that I found parts that I felt like I could relate to. For example, having a goal but not knowing how to go about getting there. And for Jancee Dunn, she had one stellar
Jul 18, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my Birthday present from my sister and as always she picked a good one.

The first thing that stuck in my mind was the Author talking about her Mom fixing Sugar Bread. I remember my Mom doing that for the same reason, we were hungry but it was close to supper so she'd give us a slice of bread with butter and sugar. I remember as a kid it was one of the best things when I got older not so much. I recall trying to give some to my kids but the idea of butter and sugar didn't appeal to them
Brian Bixler
Jul 24, 2013 Brian Bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. “But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet” is by far the funniest memoir I have ever read and one of the most interesting for those of us who love juicy, behind-the-scenes tidbits about celebrities and all their foibles.

Jancee Dunn recounts the most memorable interviews she has conducted as a reporter for Rolling Stone, including sit-downs with some of the biggest names in the music business-- Madonna, Bono, Dolly Parton, Scott Weiland
Brooke Everett
Oct 05, 2013 Brooke Everett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brooke by: Stephanie Whitaker
Easy and breezy. So much of the advice she dishes out for dealing with celebrities is absolutely valuable for dealing with others in everyday life as well. And what an era to be at Rolling Stone and in New York City!

The book flows really well - the chapters alternate between her personal journey and her stories about interviewing celebrities. The best ones: wrestling with Kim Deal on the lawn at Lollapalooza in Atlanta, receiving a hunk of Velveeta as a parting gift / plane snack from Dolly Part
Mar 01, 2012 Florinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
here are some books that make you feel like you're just hanging out with the writer - laughing, sharing stories, spending an enjoyable afternoon. For me, this was one of those books.

Jancee Dunn (class of '84) has spent quite a few of those afternoons herself, but they were with people like Dolly Parton, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera. She's not a name-dropper, though. Her memoir of her years writing for various magazines, among them Rolling Stone, GQ (as a sex columnist), Vogue, and O: The Opra
Jennifer Johnson
May 25, 2009 Jennifer Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when I read books I really just want to hang out with the authors because they seem like such fun and cool people to hang out with. But Enough About Me's author, Jancee Dunn, is someone who could definately be fun to grab a drink with.

The autobiography is a look back from how Dunn went from a girl in New Jersey with little dream of leaving, to a big reporter and writer for Rolling Stone magazine as well as a VJ for MTV 2. Dunn reminisces about here life experience and what directed her
Rafi Bloch
Sep 21, 2011 Rafi Bloch rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome for many reasons. Jancee Dunn grew up in the early eighties and had a normative nuclear New Jersey suburban family with two sisters and her parents. So how did such a 'normal' girl become a reporter for Rolling Stone? What I like about this book is that Dunn mixes anecdotes from her childhood and teenage years with tips/stories about interviewing celebrities. Dunn takes you on a roller coaster ride and reveals just how she landed her glamorous job. She was at a party and mee ...more
Julie Barrett
I debated giving this book 5 stars because I found it so damn entertaining. It's not a deep or important book but not every book has to be, you know? Sometimes I just want to be distracted from my daily life. The topic of the book is right up my alley. I enjoy reading about pop culture so I found the chapters about interviewing famous people to be so interesting. I wish she had given more details about her John Waters interview. It also would have been nice if she had an index in the back of the ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Corielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The process of engaging your celebrity is not unlike being a photographer at the Sears portrait studio. You just need a different version of a squeaky toy so their eyes follow you and they smile occasionally."

Jancee Dunn grew up in suburban Jersey, with two little sisters, a former Southern beauty queen for a mother and a JC Penney exec for a father. She somehow stumbled into a job writing for Rolling Stone, and ended up traveling around the world as she interviewed celebrity after celebrity. T
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New York Times bestselling author Jancee Dunn has written five books, among them the rock memoir But Enough About Me and the essay collection Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Ask, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her latest book, How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids, will be out in March 2017. She also writes for many pub ...more
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