Published in on July 1, 2009

The Importance of being Famous

The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex


"Orth is more than a historian of contemporary society's most absurd and tawdry moments; she has witnessed many of them firsthand. The Importance of Being Famous, based upon her pieces from Vanity Fair, is a rich and haunting journey among the creepiest scandals of the '90s and some of that decade's most compelling personalities..."

Washington Post

"Orth, [Vanity Fair's] astute and briskly un-bulls***able correspondent, pulls her collection together with incisive updates on her subjects and running commentary . . . she creates an invaluable literary star map to the intersection of fame and infamy."

Entertainment Weekly

Vulgar Favors

Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History


"Breathless...a page-turner...Orth's exhaustive research and wealth of details make vulgar favors as hard to turn away from as a top-drawer horror movie....It will hook you from the first page and never let you go."

— San Francisco Chronicle

"[An] exhaustive deconstruction of Andrew Cunanan's five murders...the breadth and thoroughness of Orth's research are often staggering."

— The New York Times

"Fascinating... ripe with chilling paints a disturbing picture."

--Entertainment Weekly

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