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Bachelor Nation


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The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, a favorite guilty pleasure.

About the Author

Amy Kaufman is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she has covered film, celebrity, and pop culture since 2009. On the beat, she reports from industry events like the Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. In addition to profiling hundreds of stars-Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Stevie Nicks, Jane Goodall-she has broken major investigative stories on sexual harassment in Hollywood. Amy currently lives in Los Angeles with her Australian Shepherd, Riggins, and dreams of living in a Laurel Canyon tree house.


Praise for Bachelor Nation

"I was enthralled by the excavations of Bachelor Nation, a zippy and dishy book whose true focus is the gaps between the actual, manufactured, and represented behaviors and feelings on the show."--The New York Times Book Review

"Amy Kaufman, a journalist with the Los Angeles Times, is the perfect writer for Bachelor Nation. She's charmingly open about her affection for the show, but also insightful about the harmful side effects. And she's diligent about pulling back the curtain to give us peeks at every aspect of the show, from the grueling selection process to what really happens in the Fantasy Suites. I can't imagine any fan of the franchise not joyously devouring this book."--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for The Hollywood Reporter

"In a shocking twist you won't want to miss, it's Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman who's dropping the newest 'most dramatic ever' Bachelor bombshells."--USA Today

"Amy's writing is gripping and funny and a celebration of the truth about our culture. I savored every word."--Amy Schumer

"Smart analysis of why so many of us . . . are hooked on [The Bachelor franchise's] fairy-tale version of love."--People

"A delicious look behind the scenes."--The Los Angeles Times

"Even Bachelor detractors will find this expos by the Los Angeles Times journalist absolutely riveting. The book delves into the psyche of the franchise and its influence on our culture--all the while spilling jaw-drop-worthy secrets."--TimeOut

"At a time when The Bachelor seems dangerously close to being irrelevant, Bachelor Nation is all the more essential: It's a prognosis for the future of a franchise that hinges almost entirely on heteronormativity."--Refinery29

"Kaufman's absorbing book takes a deep dive into the franchise." --The Washington Post

"I suspect Bachelor Nation will more than satisfy any fan of this franchise or even reality TV in general, but also that it will end up on the syllabuses of gender, sexuality, and media studies classes to come."--Jezebel

"A must-read for fans of the series or anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes of a TV reality show. . . . Author Amy Kaufman, an admitted fan of the show, doesn't hold back from exposing the darker side of the Bachelor franchise--but does it in an extremely readable way that doesn't read like an indictment."--The Salt Lake Tribune

"If you're a Bachelor lover, don't rest until you uncover all of the secrets in this gem."--HelloGiggles

"This book is more than a Bible for Bachelor Nation--it's a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in pop culture, television history, and the phenomenon of 'real people' becoming brands."--Diablo Cody

"The only way you can keep watching The Bachelor without breaking down into guilt is to read this smart, thorough guide to how that sausage is made. Amy Kaufman reports the crap out of the nation's ongoing social experiment known as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and explains what's going on behind the scenes in detail beyond any of our imaginations. If you're trying to figure out why we--that is to say, you--keep watching this ridiculous television show, you'll find intelligent answers (if not absolution) here."--Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

"If you've ever been confused about why The Bachelor captured the zeitgeist, you need to read this book. Amy Kaufman is funny and kind and the perfect author to demystify the game--without getting played herself."--Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

"Essential for fans of pop culture, this book could play an important role in courses on feminism and gender studies. It's also a fascinating and fun read for anyone who wants to think about how and why viewers continue to tune into shows like The Bachelor."--Library Journal (starred review)

"The best book about The Bachelor ever. . . . A revelatory look inside the franchise we love to pick apart."--TV Guide

"Journalist Amy Kaufman spills juicy behind-the-franchise scoops in Bachelor Nation."--Cosmopolitan

"An interesting look at a reality TV franchise. . . . Kaufman also shares insight on what draws us to the shows in the first place and what that says about us."--Bustle

"Kaufman's eye-opening expos of the reality TV show The Bachelor . . . unpacks the keys to the show's success . . . [and] shares little-known details about the show that will no doubt fascinate Bachelor fans."--Publishers Weekly

"Fans will devour this addictive, indulgent, and crafty appraisal of one of reality TV's biggest successes."--Kirkus Reviews

"If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors at the Bachelor mansion (and who doesn't?) you'll want to pick up a copy of Amy Kaufman's new book, Bachelor Nation. . . . Simply put, Bachelor Nation is the shit. It will make you question everything you thought you knew about The Bachelor and reality TV in general--including your blind allegiance to it. It's one of the best books you'll read all year."--Betches

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