Summer is the perfect time to indulge in a trashy chick-lit beach read. During the boiling months of July and August even contemplating taking up a serious novel makes us break a physical and mental sweat. Unless, of course, said book has the unusual yet magical combination of serious literary street cred and “Twilight” silliness. If you have yet to read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” drop whatever you are doing and sequester yourself for 24 hours while you read one of the best murder mysteries ever written. Now you are prepared to read the sequel to this fabulous Swedish novel, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” available today, July 28. Prepare yourselves for a full-throttle adventure involving lovable misfits, oddballs, organized crime, long funny Swedish words and piles upon piles of herring. Sit back and relax and enjoy a tale that is at once engaging, insightful, and educational, but most importantly for summer: fun and impossible to put down. [$25, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
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In 1992, a 16-year-old girl named Amy Fisher pointed a gun at Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s face and fired it. Amy had been having an affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey Buttafuoco, and his wife didn’t even know anything was going on until that day. Mary Jo survived the close-range gunshot wound, and she ended up staying with her husband for 10 years, while he reportedly lied about the affair and more. Now, Mary Jo has a new book, Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know in which she discusses her former husband’s supposedly sociopathic behavior. Since there has been a lot of debate lately about why women stay in bad relationships, here’s a clip of Mary Jo explaining herself. From the sound of Joey’s statement in response, his ex-wife might get into trouble for pronouncing him a sociopath. [Good Morning America] Keep reading »
Target is turning many books from flops into best-sellers. Each month, a panel of employees gets together and chooses some books, often from little-known authors, to be a Target “Bookmarked Club Pick.” The books that are chosen are published in special Target editions, and the prices are slashed. The books are put on the ends of bookshelves so shoppers will notice them more. Turns out, Target is quite the trendsetter. People have begun snatching up their picks, some of which are books that, previously, no one gave a damn about. Check out some of their picks, after the jump. Keep reading »
Alyssa Rosenberg of The Atlantic recently ranted about overly idealized relationships and a lack of intimate adult sex scenes in the Harry Potter series, accusing J.K. Rowling of being “really awful at writing about adult sexual and romantic relationships.” Her first complaint is that everyone in the books ends up with their first love, avoiding the hardships and dating cycles those of us in real life are forced to endure. She then complains that Rowling doesn’t give readers enough intimate details involving adult sexual relationships — the Weasleys are too preoccupied with their children, the Potters’ relationship is too idealized, Lupin isn’t sexual enough, and a description of Fleur Delacour’s married life is lacking. She finishes her critique by noting that Hogwarts is lacking a sex ed course.
Love her or hate her, you can’t deny the controversial impact of Ayn Rand. Just mentioning her name can illicit unpredictable and impassioned responses. When I first read and fell in love with The Fountainhead in college, I didn’t realize that becoming a Rand fan meant I was automatically an Objectivist and a heartless, self-serving Capitalist. While I do feel her philosophy lacks compassion and by no means consider myself an Objectivist, it’s still one of my all-time favorite books because of the complexity and intensity of the characters and plot.
Seems like I’m not the only one loving on Ayn. After the jump, the latest sign of Ayn Rand fever. Keep reading »
Two librarians from Michigan, Mary and Holly, have given us yet another website to make Tuesday mornings at the office completely unproductive. Their blog, Awful Library Books, documents the ridiculous books that you find year after year in the $1 bin at your local library’s annual book sale. I laughed hysterically when I saw a hardcover with the title More Great Pantyhose Crafts. The most ridiculous part, aside from the fact that you can make a full-sized hammock from stockings, is that the word “more” is in the title, which implies that there was a volume preceding this one. Keep reading »
A few years ago, when my parents moved out of the house I grew up in, they went on a major throwing-old-stuff-out spree. For a solid week, I’d get constant phone calls asking, “Can we bring your old My Little Ponies to Goodwill?” (Yes.) “Can we throw out your old report cards from elementary school?” (Um, definitely—why did you keep them in the first place?) My answer was yes, yes, yes, until I got one call. “Can I donate your Nancy Drew books to the library?” my mom asked.
“NO!” I screamed. Keep reading »
Everyone at The Frisky is a hardcore music lover and our tastes range from Taylor Swift and M.I.A. to Sleater-Kinney and Jenny Owens Young. Perhaps the only time we were more passionate about music was when we were in our teens and dreamed of starting a band. Jessica Hopper knows all about that teenage desire to rock and has written The Girls’ Guide to Rocking, giving teen girls today what we would have killed for back in the day. The book promises to teach readers “how to start a band, book gigs, and get rolling to rock stardom.” Keep reading »
When Kathy L. Patrick got laid off from her job, she opened Beauty and the Book, a combination beauty salon/bookstore. Shortly after, she started The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas, a raucous reading group that requires its members to wear a tiara, hot pink, and leopard print outfits (and now has chapters around the country). This part-autobiography, part-advice book, part-reading list will remind you that good things can come after crappy life events — and that a little silliness goes a long way. [$11.89, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide To Life, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, July 17 through Thursday, July 23 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »