No, really, the Kardashians’ book cover is classy — probably the most clothing these sisters have been photographed wearing ever. The book’s out November 23rd. Be patient, kittens. [People] Keep reading »
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Last week, we told you that at the ripe age of 16, Justin Bieber was writing a memoir. He took to Twitter to explain more about the upcoming book, Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story, which will be released in October. “It isn’t a memoir … I teamed up with this amazing photographer Robert and he has been taking pictures behind the scenes from before the tour,” he wrote. “So the book will include all those pics and I’m going to tell the story of all that led up from rehearsals until the first night of the tour. Pretty excited about it and think everyone will enjoy the story and the pics .. We can all agree I’m a little too young to write a memoir.” Well, whatever the book is, here is the cover. What do you think? The Bieb looks appealingly Muppet Baby-esque, as always. But is it just me, or does the lighting make him look like a ghost? [People, PopEater] Keep reading »
We’re not above indulging in a little young adult fiction here at The Frisky, especially when it’s a sci-fi novel. I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore, is the first in the Lorien Legacies series, chronicling the trials and tribulations of nine Loric alien teens as they are hunted down by the dreaded Mogadorians, another alien race. The Loric teens have been hiding out and blending in on Earth, but the Mogadorians have ways of finding them. The first three have been killed, and Number Four is next, if he’s found. But he’s not the type to go down without a fight, just ask the high school bully. Keep reading »
Do you know what is terrible for teenagers to read about? Homosexuality. They might get ideas! It’s a good thing Glenn Beck’s group, The 9.12 Project, (as in, after 9/11) is on the case. The 9.12 Project has pressured a New Jersey public library into considering removing all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, a young adult book about gay and lesbian teens, from the shelves. Keep reading »
I’ve always told my writer friends that they’re not allowed to write a memoir about their life until they’ve actually learned something from their mistakes. These kinds of things take time. A lot more than, say, 16 years. Which is precisely why Justin Bieber should not be writing a memoir. He hasn’t fallen into hard times or had to clean up a crack habit — heck, he’s not even old enough to drink yet. And still, HarperCollins plans on publishing his book. What? Keep reading »
A chat with Roxana Shirazi is a delight. She’s thoughtful, articulate and you just want to steal that lovely, soft-spoken British accent out of her throat and run off with it. So it’s pretty easy to forget this London-based Iranian author has written the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll memoir about insatiable sex drives, peeing on rock stars, and cunnilingus with groupies.
The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage is one of the craziest memoirs I’ve ever read and not just for the stunning narrative arc. Although she writes about childhood growing up in Tehran, Iran, during the Iranian Revolution, and the sexual and physical abuse she suffers from her friends and family, Roxana also gives us a peek into a balls-out, X-rated life most of us couldn’t imagine. Co-published by Neil Strauss, author of The Game, and Anthony Bozza, her book is also about becoming a teenage belly dancer at underground London clubs, then a rock ‘n’ roll scenester who beds her rock star idols — guys from Guns N’ Roses and Buckcherry, to name just a few.
It’s funny. It’s gross. And it’s unlike any memoir I’ve ever read. So I called up the woman who carries around a vibrator in her purse and asked Roxana Shirazi to talk about growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic culture, her abortion, female jealousy, and the meaning of the word “slut.” Keep reading »
Cop Without A Badge is the book that launched a thousand table-flips on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The true-crime tome, which the Smoking Gun has confirmed for authenticity, claims that in the mid-’80s, Danielle Staub was going by the alias Angela Minelli and working as an escort. It also says that she was a drug mule who was involved in a kidnapping, and was busted in an apartment alone with six kilos of cocaine. Now, the book may be becoming a television show. “Nothing is ever a done deal until the ink is dry on the contract, but there’s such a tremendous amount of interest that I think it’s as close as you can come to saying it’s a done deal,” says author Charles Kipps. Keep reading »
I have a favorite independent bookstore near my office. There are tables full of new fiction and non-fiction, shelves filled with New York Times bestsellers, and one particular bookshelf full of pastel pink and purple books. These pink and purple books, of course, are in the “chick lit” section. Even without searching for titles like Confessions of a Shopaholic, you can tell from the rose- and lavender-colored hues that this bookshelf is where you will find the fluffier books which are primarily written for women, by women.
But one book critic has had enough of this “flouncy frivolity.” Imogen Russell Williams from the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper finds it “almost impossible” to pick up a pink, “candy coated” book. Particularly when the book in question is being marketed to teen girls, Williams writes, “This kind of packaging often does a disservice to thought-provoking content, because knee-jerk anti-pinkers like me assume whatever’s inside must match the cover for ersatz, grinning emptiness.” Keep reading »
We asked last week for you to share with us the most memorable book you read in your high school English classes for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The Frisky had no idea we had such bookworms reading our site. We’ll reveal our winner, after the jump: Keep reading »