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What Is Your Book Zodiac?

For one more hokey way to predict your future, why not check out your book Zodiac? The site Biblio Oz has a feature where you punch in your birthday and you get your “book chart” if you will — the position of all the best sellers on the week of your birth. My number one non-fiction bestseller was none other then Christina Crawford’s terrifying, tell-all memoir about Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest. If a book Zodiac is anything like an astrological Zodiac, I am frightened by the implications. I should probably get rid of all of my wire hangers ASAP. [BiblioOz] Keep reading »

Get Your Rap Lesson On

The other day, The Frisky’s resident hip-hop head responded to an email saying she was glad she wouldn’t have to “pour out some bubbly” to a feature that might have gone the way of the dinosaurs. This was obviously a reference to the ’90s hip-hop classic “Gangsta Lean,” except this writer prefers champagne to 40 ounces of malt liquor. But absolutely no one seemed to get the joke. That’s why Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand should be a must-read for anyone who is interested in pop culture or who simply wants to understand what the hell Jay-Z is rapping about. Writer William Buckholz uses his dry wit to explain the most popular rap lyrics, so you’re never confused again.

[$10.36 Amazon.com]

The Most Amazing Quotes From Snooki’s Debut Novel, “A Shore Thing”

Put aside the latest Jonathan Franzen! Set down that copy of War & Peace that you’ve been trying to get through for the last five years. A real work of literary genius is about to hit bookshelves — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s A Shore Thing is out this week! The New York Post scored a copy of the “Jersey Shore” guidette’s debut novel and leaked some of the choicest quotes. So, what can we expect from the reality tv star turned author? Find out, after the jump … [NY Post] Keep reading »

Come On, Get Crafty

Congratulations, you made it through another holiday season. But you’re so broke you’ll be stuck at home eating ramen noodles until April! Never fear, actress and crafting extraordinaire Amy Sedaris won’t let those hands get idle. Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People, a belly-achingly hilarious tome of super-easy crafts and recipes, is a follow-up to her amazing book, I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence. In both books, the uber-creative Sedaris proves you need panache — not cash! — to entertain and be entertaining. In Simple Times, Sedaris will teach you how to make homemade sausage, cilantro treats for a pet rabbit, and seashell toilet seat covers. When you finally dig yourself out of credit card debt, you’ll be a total crafting diva. Being broke never looked more fun.

[$13.99 Amazon.com]

“The Dirty Girls Social Club” Author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Alleges Racist TV Adaptation Of Her Book

Most authors would die to see their book made into a movie or TV show. But not Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez — not anymore. The author of The Dirty Girls Social Club got ahold of a script based on her book and was shocked to see that: 1) all the black characters were removed and changed to be of other races, and 2) all the Latina characters are sexually promiscuous, even described as “sizzling.” Seeing The Dirty Girls Social Club adapted on TV, she said, now “holds zero appeal for me.”

“The Dirty Girls Social Club,” in development with NBC, will be written by Luisa Leschin for Ann Lopez’s Encanto Productions (also known as Ann Serrano, as she is splitting from comedian George Lopez). Over a year ago, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez optioned the rights for her book to Lopez, who, with Alisa’s help, got a development deal with NBC. But the script adaptation she covertly saw when a “no one” within the company leaked it to her was so racist, sexist and overall offensive that Alisa wrote on her blog today, “I’d rather no show get made than to have my name attached to Luisa’s bastardizations.” Keep reading »

J-Woww Has A Book Deal And You Don’t

Let’s recap: Jwoww from “Jersey Shore” has a book coming out in February and you don’t. The Rules According to Jwoww: Shore-Tested Secrets On Landing A Mint Guy, Staying Fresh To Death, And Kicking The Competition To The Curb, by Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, will totally be battling Snooki and The Situation‘s contributions to literature in The New York Times Book Review. If only you had thought to join a reality show about binge drinking and fist-pumping first! [New York Post] Keep reading »

And The Prize Goes To … The Best Roger Sterling Quip

You know we’re huge “Mad Men” fans here, so we were truly excited to read your favorite quips from the resident silver fox of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Roger Sterling, Jr. Thank you for taking us on a short trip down “Mad Men” memory lane and for providing your insight into the character. Find out who won a copy of Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man by Roger Sterling after the jump. Keep reading »

Writer Tawni O’Dell Comes Out Swinging Against Sexist Publishing Industry

A few months ago the author Jonathan Franzen published his novel, Freedom, and among bookworms, it was like a new “Star Wars” movie being released or Angelina Jolie popping out another baby. Not only did President Obama make headlines for snagging an advanced copy to read on vacation, but Franzen made the prestigious New York Times book review not once, but twice, in a single week. That was all too much for author Jodi Picoult. “Is anyone shocked?” she tweeted, no doubt rolling her eyes. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Everyone weighed in with their opinion — sexism? sour grapes? — including here on The Frisky. The matter was settled, at least for moi, when the blog Slate.com did an old-fashioned author byline count of The New York Times Book Review. That publication does, in fact, review more books written by men than women.

For us lady writers at The Frisky, it was all pretty disheartening. (Kate may be the only one who has published a book thus far, but there are several of us on staff who go home and peck on our laptops some more.) Now there’s more “ugh”-ness to “ugh!” deep in our bellies: Author Tawni O’Dell penned an essay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her experiences navigating the publishing industry and book-reviewing culture as a female writer and they’re utterly fascinating.

I just have four words for you: “wood nymph” and “biker chick.” Keep reading »

Win This! A Copy Of Roger Sterling’s Book

We heard bits and pieces of Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man by Roger Sterling, Jr. on the last season of “Mad Men.” We didn’t think we’d be able to read Roger’s book, especially since he couldn’t get any publishers to bite. But he’s quite the character and is known for his quips and quick-wit barbs, so we think Sterling’s Gold would provide insight into the ad world and business, in general, as well as a look into upper middle-class life in New York during the 1950s and 1960s. [$10.99, Amazon.com]

WIN THIS! We’re giving away two copies of Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man by Roger Sterling, Jr., but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us which is your favorite quip from Roger and why. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners Wednesday, Nov. 24. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

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Book Trailers Make Me Want To Curl Up With A Good One

I am a total nerd, which means that I am kind of obsessed with the trend of authors making trailers for their books. Check out this one for Shya Scanlon’s debut novel, Forecast. It’s the tale of a woman named Helen living in Seattle in the year 2212, when the weather is totally out of wack and the city is being run on the energy of negative human emotions. Sounds like just the book for people like myself who love dystopian novels like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Keep reading »

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