Once upon a time, there was girl who went to a tattoo shop with her mom … nope, from page one, this isn’t your typical picture book. Mommy’s New Tattoo: A Bedtime Story For People, by Levi Greenacres, is based on the author’s true story of growing up with a parent who has ink and then deciding, as a grownup, whether to get a tat too. Three tattoo artists from the Pacific Northwest are even featured in the book. Whether you’re trying to explain your own tattoo to a child in your life, or just looking for some quirky bedtime reading, think ink! [$15, BuyOlympia.com]
A new book, Hair India: A Guide to the Bizarre Beards and Magnificent Moustaches of Hindustan, celebrates the country’s finest facial hair. My favorite featured mustache is Ram Singh Chauman’s, measuring more than 11 feet. Boasting the longest lip sweater in India, he makes his living as a mustache model, charging a handsome fee to photograph his face. You may have seen his famous whiskers in the film “Octopussy.” How fitting. I wonder how much he charged those girls to play with it. [Telegraph UK]
Book deals that result from blogs usually suck, right? But the exception to that rule will have to be Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory From Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude. We all know and love Tumblr blogger Danielle Henderson’s lusty pics of Ryan with commentary like “Hey girl, don’t be sad about advertising pushing an unrealistic body ideal on you.” But now we can know and love Feminist Ryan Gosling on our coffee table. The (unauthorized) book comes out this August, but you can pre-order on Amazon now. Hmm, now I know what a certain certifiable Gosling lunatic is getting for Christmas. [Um, I'm not waiting until December. -- Editor] [$7.31, Amazon.com]
The huge success of The Hunger Games film adaptation did not go unnoticed. Hollywood is currently doing everything it can to figure out how to replicate the success of that project with their own and that includes scooping up similar young adult book series. In steps Kiera Cass’ The Selection and the CW network.
Amazingly enough, The Selection just hit shelves last month so Cass must be thrilled that a network is already picking up her book. The Selection is the first in a planned trilogy that revolves around America Singer, a young woman living in a future dystopian society in which 35 girls are entered into a lottery/competition to be queen. Read more…
For a period in 1995, women stopped calling men on the phone and approaching them in bars. The reason? The Rules, a bestselling dating advice book by Ellen Fein and Sherri Schneider. The book, which became a cultural flashpoint, encouraged women to adopt more old-fashioned rules about dating and relationships, like using an egg timer to limit phone calls to five minutes and never, ever sleeping with a guy on the first (or fifth) date. Though the book was popular enough to spawn several sequels, Fein and Schneider have mostly stayed out of the media in the new millennium. Until now. Their new book, Not Your Mother’s Rules, will be published in February 2013. Though the basic approach is still the same, they’ve updated their formula to include advice about texting, sexting, emailing, and (of course) online dating. Keep reading »
I’m completely and utterly absorbed in both the Game of Thrones book series, by George R. R. Martin, and the HBO show. It’s so imaginative! As I’ve been reading the books, I’ve been completely enthralled by some of the language Martin uses, both old-fashioned terms and unique turns of phrase that really roll off the tongue, and I am determined to introduce many of them into my regular speech. Here are 12 to start! Keep reading »