Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

Ross Mathews. Atria, $26 (240p) ISBN 978-1-9821-1648-4
With a sharp wit, television personality Mathews (Man Up!) navigates a galaxy of Hollywood stars to deliver a hilarious collection of celebrity stories. He writes of spending Christmas Eve with the Kardashian clan, sharing gossipy drinks with the late novelist Jackie Collins after they met on Twitter, downing wine and Xanax with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, and trading workout tips with Beyoncé. Along the way he recalls embarrassing moments, such as when Barbara Walters, forgetting who he was, asked “Who is he and why is he here?” just as he was about to cohost The View, and experiencing a rude encounter with Friends actors Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc. Many chapters end with “Rossipes,” or recipes with a Mathews-like twist, such as “Ain’t No Other Ham Rollup” and “Korndashians With a Kick!.” Mathews’s unbound enthusiasm about his profession is infectious (formerly a regular on Chelsea Lately, he’s currently on RuPaul’s Drag Race), and his stories are dishy but never cruel, making this a guilt-free treat. Perfect for readers of celebrity gossip, these laugh-out-loud vignettes never fail to amuse. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 12/09/2019
Release date: 02/04/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
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