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Paris, For Less Than The Price Of A Plane Ticket

Paris vs. New York
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365 Days In Paris
Leonora lived in Paris for a year and brought us along with her. Read More »

I am much too obsessed with Paris for my own good, especially considering that I’ve never been there. I’m enamored of the idea of it, so when I do eventually go (and, by God, I will), there is a decent chance that I will be hideously disappointed. With that in mind, I’m significantly less interested in purchasing tickets to Paris than I am in purchasing photography books that portray it as idealistically as I do in my head. Why go all the way there just to be let down when I can sit right here and just pretend that I’m there and it’s awesome? Paris, Portrait of a City, “the true family album of all Parisians,” is just the glossy 544-page photo book I need to sustain my delusions, and with its chronological layout spanning photographers from Daguerre to Cartier-Bresson, it’s a solid lesson in European history, too. We’ll always have Paris, after all. [$69.99, Taschen]

Has Ryan Gosling Been Cast As Christian Grey? Plus, A “Star Trek: TNG” Spin-Off?!

50 Shades Of Grey
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Casting "Fifty Shades"
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"50 Shades" Classes
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  • The husband of EL James, the woman who wrote the Fifty Shades Of Grey series, says that Ryan Gosling is set to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation. Listen, I would LOVE FOR THIS TO BE TRUE. In fact, he was my first choice when I was fantasy casting the movie. But I don’t believe it for a second because Ryan, let’s face it, is too classy and smart for that crap. It’s not like he’s a James Franco-type who does bad shit as “performance art.” [The Stir]
  • Last week, President Obama did a “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. Here are the dumbest questions he got… [TruTV]
  • HOLY CRAP. Apparently “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Michael Dorn is in talks to possibly do a Worf spin-off! I. Am. Freaking. Out. [The Mary Sue]
  • If I had someone to have sex with tonight — sighhhhhh — I would read this article on the ways to make it especially mind-blowing. But I don’t. So you should read it for me, BRAGGERS. [Your Tango] Keep reading »

12 Self-Help Books That Actually Work

Self help books get a bad rap sometimes, I think. They’re seen as the province of walking, talking “Cathy” cartoons and hippie-dippie-fruit-loop types. That couldn’t be less true:  there are many different types of self-help books for all kinds of problems. Some books are more spiritual while others are more practical, as in teaching you techniques of coping with depression and anxiety. Not only is a good self-help book cheaper than paying for therapy — even if it’s just a co-pay!— but you can circle sections, fold over pages, and come back to them whenever you read.

I scoured my own bookshelf and that of The Frisky staff to find the best self-help books we’ve ever read — ones that actually work!

This piece is part of The Frisky’s How To Deal Week, in which we’re tackling mental health issues.

How To Deal
Life is hard. Sometimes we all need help dealing. Read More »
Giving Up Control
Being a control freak almost ruined Winona's life. Read More »

Just The “Tiny Beautiful Things” You Need

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Advice columnists are usually detestable on principle. So often they dish out finger-wagging judgment rather than empathy and a nuanced understanding of the complexities of human nature. TheRumpus.net’s Dear Sugar column — which was revealed earlier this year to be penned by author Cheryl Strayed — is beloved by readers for this very reason. It’s an advice column, but feels like therapy, church and your mother’s loving arms all at once. Whether you’re lovesick, drowning in debt, or riddled with professional jealousy, Dear Sugar understands and she wants to help. [$10.17, Amazon]

Love To Read Again
Ten ways to reinvigorate your love of reading. Read More »

Too Cute! “Matilda”-Inspired Fashion

Literary Crushes
14 fictional people from books we are crushing on IRL. Read More »
Book Club Rules
Five rules for a book club that actually reads. Read More »
Book Confessions
Our deepest, darkest book confessions. Read More »
Style Inspiration: Books!
Style Inspiration Taken From The Books Of Four Very Famous Literary Ladies
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matilda fashion

I might be a little too into the young adult novel Matilda than is suitable for a grown woman … right down to squee-ing when I saw the blog College Fashion did a how-to on how to get Matilda’s look. If Matilda’s now your type, they also show you how to get Miss Honey’s sweet and ladylike style, as well as vaguely dominatrix-inspired Miss Trunchbull look. The only thing they forgot with Matilda is a pile of library books! [College Fashion]

A Funny Memoir Full Of Tall Tales

Ladies To Read
If you haven't been following these ladies, you should be. Read More »

Normally I like to wait until I’ve read a book to actually recommend it, but for some writers I make exceptions. In this case, I’m talking about the amazing Anna Goldfarb (of the blog Shmitten Kitten, and an occasional Frisky contributor) and her upcoming memoir, Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through: The Story of One Tall Girl’s Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsible Life Decisions. Now, the book — which is guaranteed to be as if not more hilarious than the genius Goldfarb pens online — isn’t out until November 6, but I’ve thought it through and have decided to pre-order it. And honestly? You should too. Because you’re not going to want to wait a second longer than necessary to start reading what this funny and relatable woman has to say. Consider it your responsible life decision of the day. [$15, Amazon]

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