NC Literary Hall of Fame



Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives edited by Elizabeth Searle and Tamra Wilson

$39.95, paperback / $19.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6912-0
May, 2018
Nonfiction: Popular Culture & Performing Arts / Women's Studies
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Idol Talk offers fun, distinctly unique stories of the right-of-passage experience of celebrity ‘puppy love’ and celebrates how these crushes changed these former teenyboppers’ lives from a more mature perspective.”
—Ann Moses, former editor of Tiger Beat and author of Meow! My Groovy Life with Tiger Beat’s Teen Idols

In the midst of acne, social anxiety, and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women. This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past sixty years—from Elvis to John Lennon to Whitney Houston—who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.

Foreword written by Peter Noone, Herman of Herman's Hermits.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has been widely produced and has drawn national media attention. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA and lives in Arlington, MA.

Tamra Wilson is a fiction writer, essayist, and author of Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories. She serves as a Road Scholar speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council and lives in Newton.

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