“Ramona and Beezus” opens today, and even though I loved the Ramona books, I’m feeling apprehensive. Ramona came in second only to Nancy Drew
for me when I was a kid, and I tore through all seven books in the series in rapid succession. (An eighth book was released in 1999, but I’ve never checked that one out.) I loved Ramona for being a tomboy who tells it like it is, who isn’t afraid to get dirty, and who regularly exercises her out-there imagination. I loved that she butted heads with her too-sensible, too popularity-focused big sister, Beezus. And I guess that’s what has me nervous here. From the previews, it looks like these two get along way, way too well. Aren’t they supposed to be at odds until those special moments when (a) they realize the other is truly hurting and come together or (b) are trying to pull a fast one on their parents?
I guess the other issue here is that I loved the television version of “Ramona,” starring a very young Sarah Polley. Keep reading »
The draft cover for Meghan McCain‘s forthcoming book, Dirty Sexy Politics, starring an elephant named Thai, is a lot less dirty and sexy than we expected. But I guess she is a senator’s daughter with an image to uphold … [Hyperion Books] Keep reading »
Earlier this week marked the 50th anniversary of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In the past half-century, Scout, Jem, Atticus and, of course, Boo Radley have charmed millions of readers (if not necessarily high school English classes) with their tale about coming of age, family, and racism in the South. I can’t be the only one who was inspired as a kid by spunky Scout and her wild imagination! This summer, libraries and book clubs around the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the 50th anniversary, so be sure to check out events in your area.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one copy of the special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, plus a new companion book, Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill A Mockingbird, a collection of interviews with famous authors on how Harper Lee’s novel influenced their own work. But you have to work if you want them! In the comments, tell us which was the most memorable book you read in high school English class and why by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, July 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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I try not to judge a book by its cover—except when it comes to a potential mate’s taste in books. I definitely weed people out based on their bookshelves or lack thereof. No books = no way in my world. That’s why I’m excited about a new online dating site, Alikewise, where you can choose your dates based on their taste in books. It’s perfect! You can skip that awkward moment where you sniff out each other’s book persona and get straight to the part where you geek out over your love for Ayn Rand. Or in Amelia’s case, you can, ahem, eliminate him if he happens to have enjoyed The Fountainhead. But seriously, whether you’re into sci-fi, great literature, romance novels or memoirs, you can find a fellow bookworm with whom you’d be happy to read in bed on Sunday night. [Alikewise] Keep reading »
July 11 marks the golden anniversary of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. So in honor of this novel, whose themes still ring true today, we’ve decided to celebrate the tomboy style of narrator Scout Finch. Keep reading »
I don’t think I knew any young girls growing up in the ’80s who didn’t worship the all-girls rock band The Go-Go’s. I was no exception. I was specifically taken with the funky hair-rocking, Day-Glo-clothes-sporting, frosted lipstick-wearing lead singer, Belinda Carlisle. I wanted to be her, but now I’m not so sure. Belinda’s new tell-all memoir, Lips Unsealed, reveals that her life was more hell than heaven on earth. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the Go-Go. Keep reading »
I’m sorry to burden you with bad news just a few hours after you return to the office from the three-day weekend, but alas … Jon Gosselin is writing a book. The tome will be called A Slice of Life: Jon Gosselin’s Story, and it’ll be co-written by Jon’s life coach, Sylvia Lafair. “The book is about having eight kids all at once when he was under the age of 30,” explains Lafair. “It includes some of the lessons that Jon has been learning with helpful hints on how he is working to reframe his relationship with his family including his two brothers and his mother. It also explores how the death of his father affected him.” Keep reading »
Ryan Kwanten plays Bon Temps’ resident Lothario, Jason Stackhouse, on “True Blood.” But in an instance of life imitating art (or maybe the other way around), Ryan is taking his sex moves from the small screen to print. He’s in the process of finishing a sex guide called The G-Strategy. With a title like that, the book sounds like it’s all about the G-spot or possibly how to get a winning sex game strategy. The guide has already received a stamp of approval from Ryan’s friends, who didn’t know he wrote it when they started adopting his tips. His final draft should go to the publisher in September, and the book is slated for release in 2011. Let’s hope he does a book reading in his Australian accent. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Anne Frank‘s hormones are not the first thing that comes to mind when one remembers the world’s most famous teenage girl. But Sharon Dogar, a young adult author, has made it so in a fictionalized version of Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Annexed is an allegedly a “racy diary” about Anne’s relationship with Peter Van Pels, who hid from the Nazis alongside the Frank family in an Amsterdam office building — including a story about the youngsters having sex. Keep reading »