CRUSH by Cathy Alter audiobook

CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

By Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton
With essays by Stephen King , Jodi Picoult , James Franco , and others
Read by Kaleo Griffith  and Lynde Houck

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062399557
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A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush. You never forget your first crush . . . CRUSH brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries, including James Franco, Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Roxane Gay, Jodi Picoult, Emily Gould, and Hanna Rosin, who share intimate memories of that first intense taste of love. Here are funny, whimsical, sometimes cringe-worthy tales of falling head over heels for River Phoenix, Mary Tyler Moore, Howard Cosell, Jared Leto, and a host of other pop culture icons. A few contributors channeled their devotion into obsessively writing embarrassing fan letters. Some taped pics in school lockers. Others decorated their bedroom walls with posters. For tweenaged Karin Tanabe, it was discovering bad boy Andy Garcia—playing the gun-loving mobster Vincent Corleone in The Godfather III. Barbara Graham unsuccessfully staked out an apartment on Park Avenue for a glimpse of her blue-eyed soulmate, Paul Newman. There was only one puppy for six-year-old Jodi Picoult—Donny Osmond—while Jamie Brisick’s pre-teen addiction was Speed Racer. Swoon-worthy and unforgettable, the essays in CRUSH will leave you laughing, make you cry, and keep you enthralled—just like your first celebrity crush.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.

You never forget your first crush . . .

CRUSH brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries, including James Franco, Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Roxane Gay, Jodi Picoult, Emily Gould, and Hanna Rosin, who share intimate memories of that first intense taste of love. Here are funny, whimsical, sometimes cringe-worthy tales of falling head over heels for River Phoenix, Mary Tyler Moore, Howard Cosell, Jared Leto, and a host of other pop culture icons.

A few contributors channeled their devotion into obsessively writing embarrassing fan letters. Some taped pics in school lockers. Others decorated their bedroom walls with posters. For tweenaged Karin Tanabe, it was discovering bad boy Andy Garcia—playing the gun-loving mobster Vincent Corleone in The Godfather III. Barbara Graham unsuccessfully staked out an apartment on Park Avenue for a glimpse of her blue-eyed soulmate, Paul Newman. There was only one puppy for six-year-old Jodi Picoult—Donny Osmond—while Jamie Brisick’s pre-teen addiction was Speed Racer.

Swoon-worthy and unforgettable, the essays in CRUSH will leave you laughing, make you cry, and keep you enthralled—just like your first celebrity crush.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] charming collection.” Entertainment Weekly
“There’s a lot to enjoy in these…pieces.” Washington Post
“The subject of going head over heels for unreachable celebrities hardly sounds earthshaking or laugh-out-loud entertaining, but it’s all that and more when narrated by the talented Kaleo Griffith and Lynde Houck, who deliver all the charm, truth, embarrassment, and emotional nuance in these thirty-eight essays…Hearing these fine writers wear their hearts on their sleeves turns out to be one of the best listening experiences of the year, both magical and poignant. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The authors do a remarkable job collecting different types of crushes while keeping the reminiscences short and sweet (one is just half a page)…[in] a book that balances heartbreak and relief, blind love and terror.” Publishers Weekly
“Reading these short, angst-packed essays about staring at movie screens and listening to transistor radios is like reminiscing with old friends…[A] reminder that first loves are always worth recalling.” Booklist
“This solid, legitimate anthology that reflects on a compelling and universal phenomenon will put readers back in touch with their younger selves.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Cathy Alter

Author Bio: Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter’s feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, Washingtonian, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and others. She is the author of Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood and Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction advisor.

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Author Bio: Dave Singleton

Author Bio: Dave Singleton

Dave Singleton is an award-winning writer/producer and multimedia communications expert who has worked for multimedia/publishing companies including Hearst Magazines, Scholastic, Time Warner, BNA, and AARP Media. He writes for numerous publications and websites on topics including pop culture, dating and relationships, health, caregiving, food, travel, social trends, and LGBT life. He also teaches at the Writing Center in Washington, DC.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 8.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English