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Title:
The Andy Cohen diaries : a deep look at a shallow year
Author:
Cohen, Andy, 1968-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
343 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
As a TV producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781627792288
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Book

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Summary

A year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon Andy Cohen, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words.

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live , Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives , makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits - including dating. We see Andy at home and with close friends and family (including his beloved and unforgettable mom). Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. Inspired by the diaries of another celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century.


Author Notes

Andy Cohen was born on June 2, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo's late night, interactive talk show. He also serves as executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts the network's reunion specials. He's won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work. He is the author of New York Times Bestsellers, Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year and Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

It's Andy Cohen's world, and we only wish we were living in it. Because, as his daily diary entries show, the (former) Bravo exec and Watch What Happen's Live host has it pretty sweet. But it's not all celebrities, gourmet restaurants, box seats, and fabulous vacations. Well, actually, it is mostly that, but this is also a love story about a man who seems afraid to find the right man, until he falls and fall hard, learning something about sharing and bonding. Not with a guy, true, but Cohen's love affair with Wacha, the dog he makes a commitment to, is sweet and adorable. As is his relationship with his mother, Evelyn, who has some of the best lines in the book (when Andy wears too-tight pants on TV, she texts, You are PRESENTING your CROTCH to people who DON'T WANT TO SEE IT!!!). And how about the gossip factor? We learn Lady Gaga's feelings about Madonna and Katy Perry; what Barbara Walters looks like when her hair is wet and she's furious; and what it's like to escort Sarah Jessica Parker to the Met Gala. Shade gets thrown at certain Housewives (then they get booted from a full-time role). Summing up: three parts fun, one part cringe-worthy, but overall dish-licious!--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Cohen (Most Talkative), host and executive producer of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and executive producer of the drama-laden Real Housewives franchise, walks readers through a year of his life via this mildly entertaining diary. Those expecting insight into the inner workings of cable network programming will be deeply disappointed, as Cohen offers next to nothing in terms of boardroom drama or casting decisions, but readers familiar with his charming and occasionally catty persona will likely find themselves drawn in as he recounts fighting a terrible urge to go to the bathroom while on-air, searching for a meaningful canine companion, and handling countless celebrity interactions with aplomb and a striking amount of humility-he's probably harder on himself than he is on his guests. Those expecting lightning bolts of bad taste will get their fill-he's kept a jar of Lady Gaga's urine-and there's plenty of celebrity dishing (Donnie Wahlberg has no problem using public restrooms, Madonna flies commercial), but his sheer delight is endearing as he recounts meeting Fred Schneider of the B-52s, watching the St. Louis Cardinals with his parents, and indulging his unabashed love for his dog, Wacha. Still, it's tough for Cohen to keep the narrative from falling into a rote cycle of lunches, late-night massages, and brief recaps of often uneventful shows ("The live show was 50 Cent and Jerry Ferrera. A caller asked how much cash each of them had and 50 pulled out ten grand in hundreds from his back pocket"), making for a book best read in small doses. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Introduction In July of 1989, I was a wide-eyed twenty-one-year-old intern at CBS News in week three of a love affair with New York City that rages on to this day. A pop culture obsessive, I got deeply sucked into the summer media firestorm surrounding the publication of The Andy Warhol Diaries . I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy, which reportedly was full of dish about everybody in New York City, and when I did, carried it around everywhere (it was big and heavy) until I'd devoured the whole thing. I was already a big fan of Warhol's art, but through the book I was completely drawn into his incredibly glamorous world. I grew up in St. Louis and Warhol took me places I'd only fantasized about: inside the White House, downstairs at Studio 54 with Bianca and Halston, under the tent at Madonna and Sean Penn's wedding, traveling by helicopter with Diana Ross to see Sinatra in Atlantic City--eleven years of this stuff! I felt like I was reading a history of exactly the things I cared about--music, art, Manhattan, and all things pop. The Andy Warhol Diaries came out two years after his death and were a record of over a decade of his daily conversations with his secretary Pat Hackett about what he did the night before, who he saw, and what he thought. His narration is sometimes passive, but on the page he comes off droll and funny, and if you read it closely, there are clear hints of exactly who he was, what he valued, and how he lived his life. The Diaries got slammed by some critics as being nothing more than a vapid assortment of name-dropping and celebrity bashing, but to me it read like a pop culture time capsule with an overlay of commentary from a man fascinated by all facets of celebrity. I'm obviously no Andy Warhol, but I too am intrigued by celebrity and spend most of my nights out in NYC. Twenty-six years after Warhol's Diaries ended, I'm now a TV producer and host with my own front-row seat to a world not many get to see, in a city that I love. Now I'm going through today's versions of the doors that I fantasized about opening when I was reading the Diaries all those years ago. The city has changed a lot since the days when he was on the scene; it seems to me less glamorous and debauched, but no less fun. For years I have told my stories to friends, and wished I kept a diary. Time and motivation were always an issue, and I needed a Pat Hackett to help me launch and record my own pop diary. I found her in my friend Liza Persky, a seasoned talk-show producer who is used to culling stories from celebrities on the phone, and a friend who got this project off the ground with me by recording the first season (Fall) of this book. This book is my own take on Warhol's fun concept: a year in my life, in my own words. It's a life in Manhattan, behind the scenes of a late-night talk show, out on the town, with some stops around the world. It's also a love story about a man and his dog. I wrote this as I would any diary, so there are a lot of first names. Some you'll recognize from my first book (if you read it), some won't need any explanation, a few you might have to figure out on your own. I tried to make that as easy as possible without losing the tone of a real diary. Also I've left the identities of a few people opaque because I don't want to embarrass anyone too much--or be sued or fired. Going back and reading your own diary can be painful--and in doing so, I feel the need for some disclaimers. Sometimes--like life itself--these chronicles are funny, sometimes dishy, and sometimes even a little sad. And sometimes they are really, really shallow. Because sometimes life is shallow. I understand that and have accepted it. I hope you will too. Oh, and I drop a ton of names. More names than you can imagine. I literally almost called this book Diary of a Name-Dropper . So if you want to play a drinking game while reading this book--and that's not a great idea and only gonna last for so long--take a swig every time you read a name you recognize. I've often been asked if I would ever turn the cameras on myself and star in my own reality show--this book is about as close as I'll get. Oh, and one other thing. In my previous book, I wrote about my first visit to New York City in the winter of 1986 with my friend Jackie, and it bears repeating here. We'd been in the city for all of two hours and decided to take an evening stroll. Around every corner, it seemed, was a place I'd seen in a movie. My eyes were wide and lit up as bright as the city before me. Then I saw, coming toward us on Madison Avenue, a thin man dressed all in black topped with a wild white wig. It was Andy Warhol. We screamed. I took seeing Andy that night as a good omen, a sign that I had found home. Copyright © 2014 by Andy Cohen Excerpted from The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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