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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 12/24/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 12: Gifts for the cerebral celebrity watcher

By Jen Chaney

"Starstruck": Taking celebrity seriously. (MacMillan)

Here's the 12th installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross the celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous.

Today's mission: Find a gift for the celebrity-obsessed intellectual, the person who regularly reads the New Yorker but sometimes hides a copy of People magazine behind it.

It's Christmas Eve. Present-acquiring time is rapidly running out. But if you're shopping for an intellectual who also has a healthy fascination with fame, you should be able to find at least one of these options at your nearest book store, or get a gift card that will allow the recipient to buy them later.

"Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity": Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, wrote this thoroughly researched and readable look at how fame works and why we care about it in 2010. It's the rare published work that smartly analyzes Paris Hilton's allure and statistically breaks down the geographical consistencies among red carpet events. ($26, Faber and Faber)

"A Short HIstory of Celebrity": The culture of celebrity was not invented by Perez Hilton. Fred Inglis, an honorary professor at the University of Warwick, proves that point with this book, which takes the reader from 18th-century London to the present in its effort to demonstrate that the lifestyles of the rich and famous have always possessed the power to fascinate. ($29.95, Princeton University Press)

"Celebrity Chekhov": Ben Greenman, an editor at the New Yorker, reimagines the works of Anton Chekhov by inserting modern-day headline grabbers like Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian into the narrative dramas. In other words, it's the ideal gift for the person who subscribes to both the New Yorker and People. ($13.99, Harper Collins)

By Jen Chaney  | December 24, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Holiday Guide  | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology  
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Merry Christmas to their Co-majesties Liz and Jen and to all the Lizards.

Posted by: epjd | December 24, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Cheers to all!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 24, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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