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 »
I don’t think that I’ve ever read a romance novel. I don’t really go for the mushy stuff. But whatever floats your boat, I always say. I guess I don’t really “get” them. They seem so unbelievable. That’s why when I saw these NASCAR-themed romance novels from Harlequin — yes, I said NASCAR-themed romance novels — I figured it was the Photoshop work of some dude blog. So, I googled around, and, lo’ and behold, Harlequin really does have an entire series of romantic “Stories Set in the World of NASCAR”. With titles like One Track Mind (steamy!), Checkered Past (scandalous!), and Black Flag White Lies (my favorite!), it appears that the racing track is as good a place for hot and steamy literary romances as any other locale. After the jump, read an excerpt from Over the Wall, in which racing team manager Nathan Cargill hires fitness trainer Stacy Evans, breaking his cardinal rule to never mix business with pleasure. Keep reading »
I love reading. I might love it more than orgasms, sleeping or eating. And I will read anything, high or low, because I’ve enjoyed “smart books” like Katharine Graham’s autobiography as much as “trashy books” like The Other Boleyn Sister. I just can’t stand people who get on their high horse and sniff that a 10th grader could have written Twilight. It was a good read—who cares?
I’ve read two novels by Jodi Picoult—My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes—which were both three-hanky reads about suburban families with troubled kids (cancer in one, a school shooting in another). But NPR has a different perspective on the Picoult oeuvre. Keep reading »
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the publishing of Margaret Mitchell’s epic Civil War novel, Gone With The Wind. I’ve read the book 20 times (that’s 20,960 pages in total, y’all!), watched the movie at least a dozen times, and have gleaned numerous lessons, particularly about relationships, with the turn of every page. I’ll share, after the jump… Keep reading »
I’m 21, and every time I finish up a post for The Frisky, I feel a huge wave of accomplishment. That was until I read about Laura Simula, an author who started writing her first novel at 12-years-old. Her first book, A Broken Yesterday, was just published—and she’s only 14. The book is a 130-page mystery that tells the story of Carrie Foster, a girl struggling with her older sister’s death from bone cancer and, in the process of grieving, uncovers a big family secret. Even more impressive, Simula got her book published on her own. Her parents didn’t even know she sent out the manuscript until the publishing company called to sign a deal. Keep reading »
Smith College is unlike any other American university. An all-women’s school, it’s an historically posh place for educating the elite (like alums Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Julia Child), yet at the same time, it’s a breeding ground for liberal lesbians so intense they’ll risk everything for a cause. You can’t really know what to expect there, which is what four dorm mates find when they start first year. The group, which includes a slightly-smelly radical, a lapsed Catholic, an engaged southern belle, and a prepster, become unlikely friends who navigate this special world where feminism is omnipresent, but comes in different forms from rules for girl-on-girl shower times to protesting sex trafficking. The first half of the book takes place at Smith, where much of the entertainment comes from learning about everyday oddities like acronyms for girls who go gay (SLUGs: Smith Lesbian Until Graduation). The second half turns more serious when the four women graduate and find themselves struggling to maintain their friendships and define themselves as feminist women in the real world.
Commencement may be billed as a great summer read, but it has far more depth than your average women’s lit. While fiction, Sullivan’s bright and witty prose weaves itself around real places—the ivy-covered paths of the liberal arts world and the imposing concrete streets of Manhattan—that feel familiar and relevant to real women. [$24.95, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Astrosexologist extraordinaire Kiki T. advises Frisky readers every Monday with her FriskyScopes, but if that isn’t enough celestial guidance for ya, she’s got a whole book! The Celestial Sexpot’s Handbook deconstructs men of every sign, telling you how to get and keep him right where you want him: in bed. [$14.99, Amazon]
We’re giving away seven copies of The Celestial Sexpot’s Handbook, but you have to work if you want your sex life to be out of this galaxy. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, June 12 through Thursday, June 18 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Sometimes, we’ll go out on the town only to spend much of the night pushing our way through piles of people in an attempt to reach the bar. Then, when we finally get the bartender’s attention, we can’t even think of a drink we want him to make. For a change of pace, we’re going to stay at home a little more often and, over the course of the year, test the drink recipes in Food & Wine Cocktails 2009. With concoctions like a five-spice margarita and something called the “Big O” designed by top mixologists, plus party food recipes, we won’t need to leave our apartment to have a good time. Well, except to stock the bar. [$10.17, Amazon]
We’re giving away three copies of Food & Wine Cocktails ’09, but you have to work if you want to know how to make delicious drinks. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, June 5 through Thursday, June 11 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Drop that Aristotle and Dostoevsky immediately. The best part of summer? Cheesy beach books!
You know what sort of books I’m talking about … those fantastically trashy books that you can’t put down but are ashamed to tell people that you’ve read. Yep, we obsessively read those, too. So stop trudging through War and Peace now and pick up one of these guilty-pleasure beach reads. Keep reading »
Originally published in 1924, The Week-End Book, edited by Francis Meynell, is a sort of almanac for free time that’s been re-printed with its original illustrations. Inside, you’ll find guides for identifying flowers, recipes, musical scores for folk songs, etiquette tips, and first aid instructions.
Our favorite part is the “Qualities” chart on the back cover that catalogs your friends’ traits, like beauty, brains, and tact, and helps you remember why you keep hanging out with that always-late friend. In addition to its fun, throwback appeal, the book is lovely (and kinda sentimental) to keep on a side table. [$14, Amazon] Keep reading »