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Eat, Pray, Love … Hate?

There have been a few books in recent years that have evoked such strong emotions that people pretty much love them or they hate them. One is Twilight, of course, and another is the memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Even if you have never read Eat, Pray, Love, you probably know the plot already: After a divorce, journalist Elizabeth Gilbert takes a year of her life off to travel, spending three months each in Italy, India and Bali. Gilbert eats good food, quiets the anxiety within her, and falls in love. It’s travel porn for those of us chained to our laptops in perpetuity, but in an utterly unique way, it’s freedom porn, too. Who amongst us hasn’t wanted to do what Gilbert did: secure a book advance, leave the ex-husband/boyfriend behind, and go to three of the most beautiful places in the world in an attempt to lift our depression?

But Eat, Pray, Love the book (and soon, “Eat, Pray, Love” the movie, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem) has turned out to be a lightening rod of controversy in the most disappointing of ways. The negative reactions to “Eat, Pray, Love” show just how resentful, bitter, contradictory, and quite frankly, hate-filled we are towards a woman who does something for herself. Keep reading »

In Defense Of Judy Blume

As a young girl—ovaries yet to ripen and hymen still in intact—reading Judy Blume books were like porn for me … educational porn. My introduction to sex ed (and Judy Blume) started out innocently enough with menstrual cycles and Kotex pads in the seminal Are You There God It’s Me Margaret. From there, I read through the Blume library with a budding libido. Subjects moved on to more risqué topics like masturbation in Deenie (poor girl had scoliosis), boys getting math class erections in Then Again Maybe I Won’t (you bet I paid attention to long division after that book), and girl-on-top-sex in Forever (I definitely dog-eared that page). Keep reading »

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Big O

Finally! A book about orgasms that we can actually trust. If you’re tired of hearing one myth after another about the elusive O, there’s a new book on the market that will turn you into an orgasm expert. The Orgasm Answer Guide, authored by a group of university professors, is sure to have a happy ending for all. Try not to get too excited. After the jump, some of the fun facts from the book. Keep reading »

5 Ways To (Almost) Instantly Decorate Your Home

Even though I’m going on three years in my apartment, I wouldn’t say the place is “decorated,” so to speak. I have furniture (mostly hand-me-downs from my parents or pieces I picked up on trash day) and I have art (largely hanging from nails left by the last tenant), but my studio hasn’t quite come together.

To get me on track, I picked up Speed Decorating: A Pro Stager’s Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less by Jill Vegas, an interior decorator and “stager,” which means she makes people’s homes more salable. Here’s what I learned … Keep reading »

“Sex And The City”: The Prequel

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 »

“The Husbands And Wives Club”: Inside The World Of Troubled Marriages

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 »

Your Very Own “Alice In Wonderland” Tale

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.

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8 Tips From Rachel Greenwald, Author Of “Have Him At Hello”

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 »

Advice For Women Who Aspire To Be Writers

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 »

Can Angelina Do Kay Scarpetta? And Other Casting Decisions That Upset Fans.

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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