Young adults novels are hot right now. Like, really, really hawt—maybe you heard of these little fringe ones called Twilight and Gossip Girl? Well, Candace Bushnell—the scribe who wrote the book which “Sex and the City” is based on—has taken Carrie Bradshaw and crew back to high school for her newest book. The Carrie Diaries comes out in April, and in the meantime, an excerpt has appeared in Teen Vogue. Here’s a sample … Keep reading »
You know what I don’t get about marriage? It seems like people don’t think beyond the big, dream wedding. It’s not about the Monique Lhuillier dress or the flower arrangements; it’s about actually being together for life. I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I watched “The Bachelor: Molly and Jason’s Wedding” the other day and it made me feel a little ill. This is meaningless pretense, I thought. A wedding idealizes marriage, but, sadly, the truth is that most marriages are far less than ideal. The sickening display made me question if I even believe in the institution anymore. The thoughts that haunt me? What happens once you’re 15, 20, or even 30 years in? How do you sustain a marriage? How do you have any idea if it will last? How do you make it last if it’s in trouble? A new book, The Husbands and Wives Club, will most certainly give us a more realistic view of what can happen in a marriage once the Lhuillier no longer fits and the wedding cake in the freezer becomes inedible. Keep reading »
What makes a good book? Some might say it’s when you really identify with a character. Personalized Classics takes things one step further by allowing you to actually be that personality—order your customized version of Alice in Wonderland, indicating what names (your own, for example) you’d like for the characters, title, and dedication. Within 30 days, you get your cute special version of the book, complete with a cast list and personalized notebook. So now, when you read your favorite story, you’ll fall even further through the looking glass than you did the first time. But when you start chasing white rabbits in real life, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Matchmaker and dating coach Rachel Greenwald is responsible for 750 marriages, and she doesn’t believe you will find the love of your life by waiting for him/her to spontaneously appear in line at the grocery store or sit next to you on the subway. Darn. There goes my approach. This Harvard M.B.A. and New York Times best-selling author advocates a better way—being proactive and approaching your dating life like a job search. “Sure, there has to be an intersection of luck, timing, and opportunity, to find love,” she says, “But you increase your odds when you do something about it. If you have a strategic organized plan, something will come through faster.” So, uh, what should this plan be? Her new book—Have Him at Hello: Confessions from 1,000 Guys About What Makes Them Fall in Love … Or Never Call Back—hits bookstores today and has some ingenious ideas for us. I had the opportunity to chat with Rachel and get a singles state of the union. After the jump, eight interesting tips I learned. Keep reading »
We’d imagine that among you voracious readers of The Frisky, there are writers and aspiring writers. No doubt, writing is one of the trickiest arts around, and yet we here at the site count ourselves as lucky that we get to do it every day. Across the pond, the Guardian has rounded up “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” with advice from some of the best writers at work today. While these tips are geared towards fiction writers, many of them are equally relevant whether you’re thinking about writing a novel, running a blog, or write for a living. After the jump, a few of our favorite tidbits of writing advice. Keep reading »
It’s official. Angelina Jolie has signed on to play medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in an as-of-yet untitled movie based on Patricia Cornwell’s 17-book series. Cornwell is pretty pumped about the choice. “When Angelina came out of the left field last year, I was floored,” she said. “Angelina had pithy things to say about what she wanted to do. She was direct and goal-oriented.”
However, the fans of the books—let’s just say they’re not too happy. They say that, for starters, Angelina is far too young to play the character who is 40 to 45 on paper. Not to mention that while Angelina is exotic-looking, Kay was described as an All-American beauty. Originally, Jodie Foster was approached to play the role. After she refused, many fans seemed to be rooting for Elizabeth Mitchell, aka Juliette on “Lost.” One fan summed it up, “Angie is all wrong to play Kay.” [Los Angeles Times]
But this is hardly the first time that people have been up in arms when a casting decision has been announced for a movie about a beloved character. After the jump, a look at other casting choices that were initially panned to later be praised.
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There’s a big brouhaha going on right now over handbags that resemble books. Kate Spade will sell bags (above left) that look like well-worn novels starting this fall, and according to Salon’s Broadsheet, the preppy apparel company has been called “a big fat copycat” by handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan, whose similar “book bags” (above right) debuted last fall. Did Kate Spade steal Olympia’s big idea? We doubt it. Keep reading »
Thanks to The Selby, we’ve gone into the homes and apartments of fashion stars like Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Kim Hastreiter, and Aya Kanai. Now, we have a brand new book to add to the coffee table, one which will bring shame to our apartment decor. Despite what you may think about your own interior design skills, the individuals that Todd Selby chooses to highlight have filled their homes with brilliant style that only matches their own personal looks. Filled with 30 profiles, many of which have never been published before, we’re planning on using this book as inspiration to better our own living space. Order yours now for $35.00. [Abrams Books] Keep reading »
Isms: Understanding Fashion, a new book by Mairi MacKenzie, is sort of like the textbook to the dream course you always wish you took in college. (But dammit, why did it always have to coincide with your required Soc 202 class?) Like the title suggests, the volume examines fashion through movements, or isms: Dandyism, Empire Revivalism, Space Ageism, etc. But it isn’t all heavy history either. There are some awesome visual graphs, photography, costume illustrations, and even analysis of more modern fashion icons like Jackie O. and Sarah Jessica Parker.
But perhaps the best part about Understanding Fashion is the fact that it’s purse-sized. Unlike that bulky textbook, you can easily take this study material with you. Check out some sample pages after the jump! [Amazon.com via Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »