Synopses & 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 Springsteen, a tantalizing array of malls, and, especially, her family. Barreling down the Turnpike in her parents Buick LeSabre, her perm brushing the ceiling of the car, she felt ragingly alive. But one night she met a girl who worked at Rolling Stone magazine in New York City. To Jancee, who visited the city exactly once a year with her parents and two sisters, New York might as well have been in Canada. But she loved music, so with bleak expectations she passed along her résumé, dashing her fathers hopes that she would carry on the family legacy of service to J. C. Penney (a man so revered that a bust of his head was proudly displayed in the den) .
Soon Jancee found herself backstage and behind the scenes, interviewing a countless (and nerve-racking) parade of some of the most famous people in the world, among them Madonna, Cameron Diaz, and Beyoncé. She trekked to the Canadian Rockies to hike with Brad Pitt, was chased by paparazzi who mistook her for Ben Afflecks new girlfriend, snacked on Velveeta with Dolly Parton, and danced drunkenly onstage with the Beastie Boys. She even became a TV star as a pioneering VJ on MTV2.
As her life spun faster, she plunged into the booze-soaked rock-and-roll life, trading her good-girl suburban past for late nights and hipster guys. But then a chance meeting turned Jancees life in an unexpected direction and helped her to finally learn to appreciate where she came from, who she was, and what she wanted to be.
Riotously funny and tremendously touching, But Enough About Me is the story of an outsider who couldnt quite bring herself to become an insider and introduces readers to a hysterical, lovable real-life heroine.
“Breezy…juicy…irresistable…as entertaining as the megastars [Dunn] has built a career on profiling.” Entertainment Weekly
“A touching, laugh-out-loud memoir.” New Jersey Star Ledger
“Hilarious -- you wont be able to keep from reading the whole thing.” Matthew Klam, author of SAM THE CAT
“I loved this book from start to finish ... Jancee Dunn is a wonderful storyteller.” Curtis Sittenfeld, author of PREP
“A fresh look at our star constellations. . . . Dunn brings a fans enthusiasm to her showbiz profiles.” USA Today
“[A] hilarious, gushy, totally gratifying memoir.” DailyCandy.com
“Hilarious tales of a career spent chronicling life on the A list.” Rolling Stone
“Delightful” Daily News
“Disarmingly funny.” People
“Relentlessly readable.” New York Magazine
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 in the world—hiking in Canada with Brad Pitt, snacking on Velveeta with Dolly Parton, dancing drunkenly onstage with the Beastie Boys—trading her good-girl suburban past for late nights, hipster guys, and the booze-soaked rock 'n' roll life.
Riotously funny and tremendously touching, But Enough About Me is the amazing true story of an outsider who couldn't quite bring herself to become an insider.
About the Author
A writer for Rolling Stone since 1989, Jancee Dunn was a correspondent for Good Morning America and an MTV veejay. She has written for GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, and other publications.