From bestselling author Julie Klam comes a lively and engaging exploration of celebrity: why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important.
“When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me,” Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity. As she did for subjects as wide-ranging as dogs, mothers, and friendship, Klam brings her infectious curiosity and crackling wit to the topic of celebrity. As she admits, “I’ve always been enamored with celebrities,” be they movie stars, baseball players, TV actors, and now Internet sensations. “They are the us we want to be.” Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, “some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers, a thirteen-year-old ‘viner,’ and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times.”
In The Stars in Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon. She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status. The result is an engaging, astute, and eye-opening look into celebrity that reveals the truths about fame as it elucidates why it’s such an important part of life today.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“Julie Klam brings out a parade of the ‘famous’ and makes us look at the phenomenon of how and why these people sometimes occupy such a fixed and outsized place inside our brains. The Stars in Our Eyes is insightful, funny, and a total pleasure.” —Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author of The Interestings
“In her eye-opening and humorous collection of essays, Julie Klam explores the fascination with the rich and powerful, while also breaking down the challenges tied to fame and why all this actually matters.” —US Weekly
“This funny, eye-opening look into our celebrity obsession will have you talking all summer about the stars and what our favorite famous people really say about us.” —PopSugar
“With insightful research that speaks to Klam’s personal interests, and lots of long quotes from Klam’s many interviewees, this will find its most enthusiastic readership among lovers of memoir and books about Hollywood.” —Booklist
“I really love Julie Klam’s smart and neurotic mind. In this book, she makes our celebrity obsession important and resonant.” –Jon Ronson, author of the New York Times–bestselling The Psychopath Test
“A celebrity book for grownups . . . Julie Klam—part memoirist, part social anthropologist, and part oral historian—manages to be both a fan and a critic alike.” —Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
“Julie Klam examines the reasons for our preoccupation with the world of fame and the celebration of it. . . . I loved this book, and kept sneaking away to read it.” —Carly Simon, New York Times–bestselling author of Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
“Perspicacious and generous of spirit, The Stars in Our Eyes is solid fun from beginning to end.” —Maria Semple, New York Times–bestselling author of Today Will Be Different
“What’s it really like to be famous, to have paparazzi waiting in the bushes outside your Malibu cottage? It happened to me once and nearly killed me. Julie Klam tells the real story behind celebrities once and for all.” —Erica Jong, bestselling author of Fear of Flying
“Julie Klam proves a funny, affable guide through our baffling obsession with celebrity.” —Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, New York Times–bestselling author of Seinfeldia
About the Author:
Julie Klam is the New York Times–bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof, Love at First Bark, Friendkeeping, and Please Excuse My Daughter. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in New York City.