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The Situation’s Dad Is Shopping A Tell-All

Look at that. We have another celebrity parent tell-all in the works. Frank Sorrentino—pops to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of “Jersey Shore” fame—said that he is in the process of selling a book about his son. And it’s not going to be a nice one. “I’m calling Mike on his s***,” Frank wrote in a blog post. “I covered for Mike his entire life and when I needed his help he left me hanging.”

Here’s the thing: The Situation is kind of an open book. I mean, we already know that he will screw anything with a pulse if he has a drink in his hand. But Frank says there is much more dirt. For example… Keep reading »

Levi Johnston Is A “Deer In The Headlights” On His Book Cover

The book cover for Levi Johnston’s Deer In The Headlights: My Life In Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs, is everything I hoped the rumored tell-all‘s cover would be. Levi looking hot/really baked? Check. Antler imagery? Check. No credit for the ghostwriter who probably tapped this thing out while Levi was clubbing baby seals? Check. Fact: I would never read a book by Sarah Palin, but I might just read a book by Levi Johnston. [Amazon] Keep reading »

Natalie Portman’s Dad Pens A “Fertility Thriller”

Natalie Portman‘s dad has babies on the brain, and not just because his daughter is in the final trimester of her pregnancy. Dr. Avner Hershlag (Portman is Natalie’s stage name, FYI) just happens to be a big whig at the Center for Human Reproduction in Long Island and one of the nation’s leading reproductive specialists. But he also has a creative side, too. In fact, Avner is currently shopping his first novel to publishers. It’s called Misconception, and he has dubbed it a “fertility thriller.”

So what does that mean? Keep reading »

Candace Bushnell Will Milk “Sex And The City” For All It’s Worth

“Summer In The City” is not just a hit song in the ’60s by Lovin’ Spoonful. It’s also author Candace Bushnell‘s second “prequel” young adult novel about Carrie Bradshaw, a.k.a. the way she keeps making mucho clams off “Sex and the City.” (Not that I blame her!) Summer In The City picks up where The Carrie Diaries left off: it’s the ’80s, 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw has come to New York City to take writing classes the summer before college, and she gets mugged as soon as steps out of Port Authority. (If she was coming from Connecticut, she would have stepped out of Grand Central Station, but whatever.) Carrie calls the one phone number she has on her — her best friend’s cousin — and meets Samantha Jones, her first friend in New York. Later in the book, Carrie meets Miranda Hobbes “in front of Saks, where Miranda is protesting pornography,” according to USA Today. Hey, if we have to revisit the ’80s sex wars about feminism and pornography, better do it with Candace Bushnell than Andrea Dworkin, right? Charlotte York does not seem to make an appearance in Summer In The City — but maybe that will be for a possible third prequel.

Hey, let’s get real: I’m totally going to buy this book and read it in one night while eating a pint of Cherry Garcia. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Levi Johnston Is Writing A Palin Family Tell-All

Levi Johnston has more dirt to dish on the Palin family, apparently: the ex-fiancé of Bristol Palin is penning a tell-all book called Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs. Alaska’s hunkiest baby daddy apparently didn’t tell all already in his Vanity Fair smear piece or in his forthcoming reality show, “Loving Levi.” This man’s well never runs dry! Levi released a statement through his publisher reading: “I want to tell the truth about my close relationship with the Palins. My sense of Sarah and my perplexing fall from grace – how I feel and what I’ve learned. I’m doing this for me, for my boy Tripp and for the country.” Also, the money. The sad truth is that I would read Levi Johnston’s book before I’d read any book by Sarah Palin. [People] Keep reading »

“The Hunger Games”: Who’s Been Cast Already & Who We’d Like To See Cast Next!

This weekend, I finished Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I had to put the book down multiple times so I could cry and then, at the end, I cried again because it was all over and I couldn’t go back in time to when I hadn’t read them yet and start all over. What a great series. Seriously, if you haven’t read them, DO, and before the movie version of the first book comes out.

Speaking of, casting decisions for the film are readily being made…
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In Defense Of Chick Lit

Jennifer Egan is one of my favorite authors of all time. I devour her books, care about her characters, and recommend her novels to anyone looking for a good, meaty read. I was thrilled that her latest, A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel about the ravages of time on characters working in the music industry (to distill it way, way down) got so much attention from publications like The New York Times Book Review this past year. And when a buddy of mine sent me a link via IM to a Wall Street Journal story yesterday about Egan winning the Pulitzer Prize for the book, I was so happy for her — and for women writers everywhere. But then I scrolled down to the end of the story. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jennifer Egan Wins The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

  • Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit From The Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced today. Has anyone read it? What did you think? [AP]
  • Match.com has agreed to screen its users to weed out sex offenders after a customer blitzed the media with her tale of being sexually assaulted on a date. [The Root]
  • Curious how many male vs. female writers write for late-night comedy shows? Why, here’s a handy charticle about that very topic. [Buzzfeed]
  • Here’s what Congress would look like if it actually represented Americans based on demographics, i.e. a lot less old white dudes. [Feministing via GOOD Magazine]

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I’m Hooked On “Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm?”

TheBeautyBrains.com is committed to dispelling the stereotype that beauty and brains don’t mix with its scientific answers to beauty questions. The cosmetic scientists, Left Brain, Right Brain, Sarah Bellum, and the Other Lobes, have comprised the answers to those burning beauty and hair questions in Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?. The book contains scientific answers to your questions about the products you use everyday or are interested in. My favorite piece of knowledge from this interesting and quick read was that coconut oil is one of a few oils that can actually penetrate to the cortex of a hair strand. I was also thankful to learn this money-saving tidbit of info: There’s no need to spend a mini fortune on department store self-tanner because many of the drugstore brands are more effective. With summer fast approaching, the threat of your skin and hair going haywire in the heat, and your general curiosity about new products and procedures on the market, Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? is a must-read that you’ll refer to constantly. [$11.53, Amazon.com] Keep reading »

Mind Of Man: Don’t Judge Me By The Book I’m Reading

I’d like to sincerely apologize to the cute nerd girl intently reading the emo-vampire epic Twilight on the New York City subway: I’m sorry for judging you. This happened about six months ago and I sniffed at you for eagerly devouring a young adult novel about a very special girl and her boyfriend, a really nice monster. Keep reading »

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