A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record
by Allison Kugel
by Allison Kugel
"If you suffer from panic, depression, anxiety, OCD (or not) and you like to LOL and celebrity gossip, this book is for you!"
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2017
Grab your coffee or take this one to the beach! A great read to unplug your brain while feeling you are not alone (if you have panic or anxiety). Entertaining, inspiring, genuine and filled with a message of support for anxiety sufferers. Really enjoyed the celebrity interviews and what was running through the author's mind as she met with them. As the Founder of The Wellness Universe, I can relate to Allison Kugel as a go-getter; Busy making things happen on the front side and suffering with anxiety on the backside. An illness that no one would EVER KNOW you had, especially when you are successful. I found 'Journaling Fame' equally entertaining with all of the celebrity interviews and backstories. I laughed out loud, rolled my eyes and gasped. Sharing her detailed accounts with anxiety and stress throughout her real life made me feel like 'Hey, I'm not alone. I'm not crazy!' I applaud her on achieving so much and feel the pain she suffered throughout life. More people need to know they are not alone. Anyone can suffer with anxiety, panic, stress and OCD: men, women, rich, poor... it doesn't discriminate. Thank you for being brave and sharing your story with total rawness. The more I talk to people the more I find prevention is needed MUCH more than we know. It takes a few brave souls like Allison who let the world know "Yea, I'm beautiful, accomplished and successful, but I have this issue..." to inspire others to come out and get the help they need. Thank you. Lots of love and may your journey continue to unfold and your magnificence continue to blossom as you help the world heal.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2017
My attention span isn't what it used to be so I have to really enjoy a book to read it from cover to cover nowadays. This memoir touched on so many emotions for me as someone that has dealt with anxiety issues of her own. I found it to be very entertaining and relatable. I highly recommend it!
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
In her book, "Journaling Fame", Allison Kugel allows us to see the delicate journey of her life through her own eyes. She has bestowed upon us as readers, the opportunity of knowing just how much an individual can achieve, even when the storms of life arise. This is a must read for all to acquire!
Praise for Journaling Fame:
“It is with insight, humor and thoughtful reflection that Allison Kugel takes readers on an engaging and informative journey.”
“Journaling Fame was well-written, easy to read, with great honesty about anxiety and panic, and some fun and interesting celebrity info, too."
“It is with insight, humor and thoughtful reflection that Allison Kugel takes readers on an engaging and informative journey… she simultaneously rises to become a prominent profiler of some of today’s most notable public figures from entertainment and popular culture. Kugel manages to seamlessly tie her story together with humor, grace, and inspiration, as she shares her mental health journey, and ultimately, her healing.”
“I yearn to interview the biggest names in media and entertainment. Allison Kugel can proudly say she’s already done that during her many years as a celebrity journalist, having chatted with the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Elle Macpherson and The Kardashians, to name just three.”
“Allison Kugel is everything I wish I could be as a celebrity journalist. She has many fun stories to go along with them. The stories are so good, in fact, that she’s written a book about the experience.”
“Between her celebrity encounters, Kugel chronicles panic attacks from a near-crippling anxiety disorder.”
“Allison Kugel spills on the best and worst celebrities she’s interviewed.”
From The Book:
The question I’ve gotten asked most regarding my journalism career had always been, “How did you get all these famous people to talk to you?” They’re referring to my two hundred published interviews that were conducted by yours truly, over nearly a decade (2005-2014). I think they asked that because I’d managed to operate outside the traditional media fray. I never worked for an A-List publication, never went to school for journalism, and I spent the better part of my first eight years doing interview features for an online newswire that I helped to build and establish from the ground up, before resigning in the summer of 2012.
The reason, I would always tell them…trust. And I would also like to think, talent. But if I had to sum it up in one word, it would be trust. I maintained a stellar reputation of integrity and discretion. People trusted me to tell their stories and also to keep their secrets. I’ve leveraged my interviews into many headlines and notable media mentions over the years, created what the media would refer to as great “scoops,” and I did it all without ever compromising my integrity or breaking my word.
Thank you for visiting, and for taking interest in my work as a journalist. It means the world to me!
I would love to share more of my story with you through my book, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record. Funny title, right? I try to inject irony and humor into everything I do. It makes life more interesting.
Humor aside, my book delves into my life as an entertainment journalist with lots of fun and interesting behind-the-scenes moments. However, I also take you on an intimate journey through my experiences with anxiety, panic attacks and OCD that I experienced since childhood; and how I found healing and strength through those experiences. I would be honored to have you read my story, and I hope it helps you or someone you love.
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