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Reviews:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Overexposed

OverexpossedOverexposed: The Price of Fame: 04/23/09

I am not a fan of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie or Miley Cyrus. Even with young children I have never seen an episode of Hannah Montana and we don't plan on seeing the film. I've never read a tabloid. I come to Overexposed: The Price of Fame not as a rabid fan but as a curious outsider.

Overexposed is part biography, part history and part psychology. The book is mostly the biographies of Spears, Lohan, Hilton, Richie and Cyrus. The information contained in the biographical sections isn't anything new beyond what even a disinterested bystander like me will have already picked up from local news stories. The history part covers the rise of the modern tabloid from the transformation of the National Enquirer from a racing sheet to celebrity gossip paper and how the industry grew up around this new found public demand for gossip. Finally the psychology section tries to look at the causes of celebrity and the effects of fame on celebrities. Unfortunately these sections are done as interviews with TV personalities such as Dr. Phil. Regardless of his background, his participation in cheesy tabloidesque television lessens the credibility of his opinions in this book.

The "overexposure" of the five celebrities highlighted in this book is nothing new. The silent film stars went through the same overexposure as have headliners in every decade between then and now. I would hazard a guess that entertainers have been paying the price of fame throughout history. A more in depth look at the history of celebrity scandals to put the five highlighted ones into context would have made Overexposed something special. As it is there isn't enough substance to get a good sense of what "the price of fame" is.

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