Review: Fame Junkies

FAME JUNKIES By Jake Halpern (Houghton Mifflin, 256 pages, $23) Paris Hilton and Brad Pitt have us surrounded. Boston magazine contributing editor Halpern probes our nutty addiction to celebrity culture by exploring it from three angles: child-star wannabes, A-list personal assistants, and diehard fans. With fun, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and some compelling research, Fame Junkies brims with insight about our obsession with celebrity—and serves up a major guilt trip for those of us who take Jennifer Aniston’s love life seriously. —Courtney Cox