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But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous

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New Jersey in the 1980s had everything Jancee Dunn wanted: trips down the shore, Bruce Springsteen, a tantalizing array of malls. To music lover Jancee, New York City was a foreign country. So it was with bleak expectations that she submitted her résumé to Rolling Stone magazine. And before she knew it, she was backstage and behind the scenes with the most famous people i

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Published May 30th 2006 by Harper (first published 2006)
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Gina Boyd
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Michele Gardiner
Welp, I spent the last few evenings glued to this book. Interesting. Hilarious. Great storytelling. Plus, rock musicians and celebrities.

A lot of fun to read.
Susan
Nov 03, 2014 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

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Kate Spears
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica Fitting
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Misha
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Judy
May 05, 2008 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.
Elizabeth
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Kimmie
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
a must-read for the lovers of the rock 'n roll. plus, the author is hilariously self-deprecating and very likable. ...more
Shirley
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Rolling Stone; my fellow followers of celebrity news and gossip
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
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Brigit Zelenak
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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 Chick
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Amanda Raab
Sep 05, 2007 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
HM
Sep 04, 2007 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
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Heather
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 migh ...more
RandomAnthony
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Kristin
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin by: Dave
Shelves: memoir
This is the best book I've read in, well, maybe a year or so. Jancee Dunn tells fantastic stories and I can literally hear her voice through the pages. I remember reading Rolling Stone during my middle/high school years and seeing her name and thinking she must be the coolest woman in the world. She's not, which makes her so much cooler in my mind. I'm actually considering writing a fan letter to her. The book was THAT good. ...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.
M
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jancee Dunn is hilarious, and wrote some of my favorite Rolling Stone musician profiles. The tone of this book reminds me a bit of a female David Sedaris, though possibly not quite as kooky and a little more relatable. Recommended for all, especially if you need a good laugh. Dunn's recollections of life as a "rock chick" are just laugh-out-loud funny. ...more
Christy Bulick
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was transported back to the 80's and 90's, with big hair & Bruce Springsteen. Jancee did an excellent job of capturing her past and putting it in this quick and easy to read book. She makes New Jersey sound much better than I imagined it (and I lived there for a while in the 90's). I love the ending!! ...more
Stephanie Spruyt
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! Jancee Dunn is a national treasure and you can read her articles (and you should) in Vogue and O Magazine. In this book, Jancee tells you about famous interviews she's done and you get to read about her life growing up in New Jersey, her sisters and her parents. I can't recommend this book enough if you want a great read, some humor and an honest story. ...more
Jen
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
I was surprised by this one. It was a very honest look into what it's like to interview celebs, along with a bit of memoir from Dunn. I've done a bit of celebrity interviews, but nothing like Dunn, and this was an eye opener. ...more
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.
Tamara
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun read. Oscillating between experiences with celebrities and the often-embarassing, and so familiar, memories of growing up, Jancee Dunn has created a coming-of-age story for all of us thirty-somethings who are still trying to figure it all out.
Robin
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. Dunn is hilarious and sincere and lovable. The anecdotes from her Rolling Stone interviews with famous folks are so enjoyable. I first read Dunn's novel, Don't You Forget About Me, and found her so funny that I checked out this book and it exceeded my expectations. ...more
Rachael
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ridiculously engaging. Jancee's amiable spin through glam jobs and her totally modest regard for her huge writing talents are completely endearing, as are her tales of the family thanksgiving-plan summits and her dad's loyalty to Sears. I want to read everything she writes, asap! ...more
Mauoijenn
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.
Stephanie
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I. Love. This. Lady.
Meg
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very unobjective 5 stars...I loved this book
Lenna
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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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