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

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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 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.

Contributors include:

Amin Ahmad • Jessica Blau • Michelle Brafman • Jamie Brisick • Shuleem Deem • Larry Doyle • James Franco • Roxane Gay • Emily Gould • Barbara Graham • Shane Harris • David Keplinger • Caroline Kepnes • Stephen King • Richard McCann • Andrew McCarthy • Kermit Moyer • Kimberly Dawn Neumann • Carolyn Parkhurst • Jodi Picoult • Joanna Rakoff • Hanna Rosin • David Shields • Larry Smith • Karin Tanabe • Tony Tulathimutte • Marion Winik

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As seen in Cosmopolitan, Elle, O the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, InTouch, People, BUST, on Vogue.com and Harper's Bazaar Online.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Humor & Entertainment

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, 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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A star-studded collection of original essays that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the agony and ecstasy 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. Whether it manifests in writing vaguely inappropriate fan letters, obsessively chronicling their wardrobe choices, buying a Star Map in order to drive by their house, or simply purchasing every magazine with their face on the cover, we’ve all had a one-sided love affair with a person too famous to know we exist. In some ways more powerful than the up-close, in-person grade-school crush, the celebrity crush is as much defined by its mystery and allure as by its fervor and ferocity.

Swoon-worthy and unforgettable, the essays in CRUSH are poignant and compulsively readable, and each begs the question: Who is your celebrity crush?

Contributors include:

Amin Ahmad Cathy Alter Jessica Anya Blau Michelle Brafman Anna Breslaw Jamie Brisick Yesha Callahan Jason Diamond Shulem Deen Larry Doyle James Franco Roxane Gay Emily Gould Barbara Graham Shane Harris David Housley Jill Kargman David Keplinger Caroline Kepnes Stephen King Richard McCann Andrew McCarthy Kermit Moyer Kimberly Dawn Neumann Carolyn Parkhurst Jodi Picoult Julia Pierpont Joanna Rakoff Hanna Rosin Janice Shapiro David Shields Dave Singleton Larry Smith Karin Tanabe Tony Tulathimutte Sam Weisman Marion Winik Nicola Yoon

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