You may have heard of the novelist Jonathan Franzen, who always seems to be in the news about something. In 2001, he dissed Oprah — Oprah! — for having “schmaltzy” taste after she chose his novel, The Corrections, for her book club and then she rescinded the offer. His latest novel, Freedom, has already grabbed headlines after President Obama purchased a copy for his summer vacation reading. High brow, this one is.
Now Jonathan Franzen is at the center of yet another media s**tstorm after the author Jodi Picoult tweeted a pissy comment about his latest review in The New York Times Book Review. “NYT raved about Franzen’s new book,” Picoult tweeted. “Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Keep reading »
Fall in love with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington in “The September Issue”? Lucky us. Some smartypants publisher has convinced Anna Wintour’s right-hand woman to pen a memoir. She’ll share her life as a model in ’60s London and her decades-plus at both British and American Vogue. Grace’s book will be co-written with the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Vogue.
But it’s not all good news in the style section of your local bookstore … Keep reading »
The Daily Beast brings up a good point today about the phenomenon that is “Eat, Pray, Love.” Writer Danielle Friedman asks, “What’s it like to be the guy whose heartbreak launched a multi-million-dollar feel-good franchise?” She tracked down Michael Cooper, Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband, and discovered that he is now a public interest law scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s also remarried, to a Canadian diplomat, and has two young sons. However, he wasn’t interested in commenting on the movie, the book, or Elizabeth Gilbert in general.
Which is interesting, because last year he was contracted to write a rebuttal book. Keep reading »
While a large portion of the female population is rushing out to see the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, comedy writer Andrew Gottlieb is hoping that men are at home reading his answer to it, Drink, Play, F**k. With Gilbert’s blessing, Gottlieb penned a satirical memoir, released in 2009, where fictional character Bob Sullivan roams the world after his marriage falls apart. Gottlieb asked himself, “What would a man do in this situation?” Answer: Sullivan goes to Ireland to drink, to Las Vegas to play, and to Thailand to bone. Okay, that’s hilarious. [NY Daily News]
After the jump, some more chick books that we’d love to see the male versions of. Keep reading »
Here’s one way to give up smoking—exchange one addiction for another? [Another Mag] Keep reading »
I was starting to think that maybe Nadya Suleman was out of our lives forever. I mean, after all, the lady has a lot of diapers to change. But evidently, she is doing okay because she’s had time to pen an autobiography. The problem? No publisher wants to print it. A source says, “[Nadya] is holding out because she is not being offered a lucrative deal, and she feels like her personal story is worth a lot more than anyone is even interested in paying.” The book was supposed to be ghostwritten by Wendy Leigh, but apparently she dropped out of the project and Nadya wrote this one herself. Which means it should be … good? Or at least covered in baby spittle. And, no, apparently she does not reveal the name of her sperm donor in this one. [Radar] Keep reading »
Yesterday, after months of speculation, David Fincher announced that he’d cast Rooney Mara
as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
.” Some people are sighing with relief that the role didn’t go to a rumored big name like Scarlett Johansson
or Kristen Stewart
. But others are wondering who the heck this girl is. If you even vaguely recognize her name, it’s probably from her biggest role to date, as Nancy, the brunette waitress and female lead in the recent “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake. Check out her acting chops in the preview above. And after the jump, all there is to know about Rooney, along with clips and interviews. Keep reading »
Last week, we told you about the first book in the new Lorien Legacies, I Am Number Four, and asked you to tell us which Legacy, or superpower, you’d like to have. In exchange for an I Am Number Four prize pack, we also asked you to tell us how you’d use your Legacy for good and evil. I’m sure it was as difficult choosing one superpower as it was choosing one winner, but josephine won for this comment: Keep reading »
In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of book trends. We’ve over-mined vampire/human love, exhausted horror updates of classics, and have almost reached the saturation point on Swedish mysteries. But according to USA Today, a new book trend is ascendant: Amish romance novels. Keep reading »
Maybe you know Kristen Schaal from “The Daily Show,” or her role as stalker Mel on “Flight of the Conchords,” or from small roles in about a dozen different movies. And while you probably don’t know his face, if you’re a “Daily Show” viewer, you’ve heard Jon Stewart deliver Rich Blomquist’s jokes, because he works there as a writer.
What you may not have known is that the two are a very funny couple in real life and have just released a hilarious book, entitled, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex (Chronicle). Part instructional manual, part highly scientific history of sex, TSBOSS has a little something for anyone who’s ever even thought about touching themselves or someone else, “down there.” We caught up with Kristen and Rich to ask them a few questions about their latest project — check out what they had to say, after the jump! Keep reading »