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And The Prize Goes To … The Best Use Of A Legacy

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 »

Amish Romance Novels To Get You Hot And Bonneted

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 »

Frisky Q&A: Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist On “The Sexy Book Of Sexy Sex”

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 »

Kardashian Kover: It’s Klassy

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 »

Justin Bieber’s Book Cover Looks … Ghostly

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 »

Win This! “I Am Number Four” Prize Pack

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 »

Library Pressured To Remove Book About Gay Teens From Shelves

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 »

Justin Bieber’s Way Too Young To Write A Memoir

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 »

The Real-Life Motivation Behind Stieg Larsson’s Books

I’ve dubbed this summer “The Summer of Stieg” because half of the world and I have our noses buried in one of the books from Stieg Larsson’s crime trilogy: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. It’s become a rarity to see someone reading anything else. I mean, there’s a reason why 30 million copies have been sold and Hollywood blockbusters are in the works—the books are a force of nature. It’s rare to see a man write so passionately about Nazism and women’s issues. I’m about to start the third book in the series, and it’s a little sad because I know there will be no more Steig Larsson books—he passed away in 2004. He was only in his early 50s. There is a silver lining, though. I came across an excerpt from the soon-to-be-released memoir Stieg Larsson, My Friend, written by Kurdo Baski, and it looks like we may finally get answers about the real-life event which motivated Stieg to tackle the subject of violence against women. The secret story after the jump. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Roxana Shirazi, Author Of “The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage”

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 »

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