THE CELEBRITY BLACK BOOK, 2005 EDITION by Jordan McAuley

THE CELEBRITY BLACK BOOK, 2005 EDITION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Exhaustive list of essential celebrity contact information.

McAuley makes it his business to know how to get in touch with the high and the mighty, and he offers his expertise to any layperson who can pony up the cover price. (McAuley also makes his listings available on the Internet for $9.95 a month.) This is just what it sounds like: a big, fat book full of the official contact addresses for celebrities, laid out in phonebook format. Hollywood's brightest are here, of course: Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Robert DeNiro, et al.–plus anyone else who's ever appeared on film and is still alive and kicking. But McAuley casts his net far beyond Hollywood. A single page turns up Sandra Dee ("Actor, Model"), Bikram Shah Dev Deependra Bir ("Prince"), Joe DeFrank ("Race Car Driver"), Ellen DeGeneres ("Actor, Comedian"), and Hans G. Dehmelt ("Nobel Prize Laureate"). Other categories include "Royalty," "Beauty Pageant Winner," "Biologist," "Diplomat," and "Financier." There is no "wrong" kind of celebrity for McAuley; the mere fact of being famous qualifies one to be listed: Tonya Harding ("Athlete"), Joey Buttafuoco ("Actor"), and musical group the Butthole Surfers (no official designation) can all be found. McAuley provides over 40,000 celebrity addresses in all. Autograph hounds and charitable organizations in need of spokespeople will find an enormous amount of help; there are no telephone numbers or email addresses, so snail-mail is the only way to go. (And the addresses provided are almost always not those of the actual celebrities; most often, they're the addresses of celebrities' reps.) For all its lack of detail, browsing the list is certainly fascinating: why is Knox Millsaps ("Engineer") listed, and who is Allie McGuire (no designation)?

As no-nonsense as it gets.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-9707095-3-6
Program: Kirkus Indie
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