Ever since her husband began campaigning for the presidency, Michelle Obama has been in the spotlight — and so has her closet. Mrs. O documents the first lady’s wardrobe on the campaign trail and in the White House with more than 120 photographs. Close-ups of Jimmy Choo pumps, Erickson Beamon brooches, Maria Pinto dresses, and more show how the pieces come together to create Michelle’s signature style. [$17.15, Amazon.com]
WIN IT! We’re giving away five copies of Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Oct. 23 through Thursday, Oct. 29 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
So maybe I would go to former sitcom star Suzanne Somers for advice about how to shape up my thighs (remember the Thigh Master?), but certainly not for tips about how to help cure cancer. In her new book, Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent It In The First Place (it’s her 19th book … I know … what the heck is she writing about?), Suzanne is making some outrageous claims that are making people at the American Cancer Society outraged. Keep reading »
“Mad Men” acolytes with eagle eyes might’ve noticed that the book Betty Draper brought into the tub with her on last night’s episode was none other than The Group by Mary McCarthy. Published in 1963 but set in the 1930s, The Group is a subtly scathing portrait of a circle of educated, upwardly mobile New York society women who all went to Vassar College — at the time more of a finishing school than a bastion of liberal education – together. The book follows these eight frenemies as their lives unfold and unravel after graduation, seeing them through abusive marriages, extra-marital affairs, birth control, familial conflict, class war, Communist sympathies, lesbianism, suicide and the ever-elusive female orgasm. Keep reading »
People magazine will release a “New Moon” special to the ravenous, adoring masses tomorrow. The tween girl set will dutifully purchase it, their mothers will surreptitiously steal it, and every dude will hate it. We’ve told you why chicks dig vampires and men don’t, while Esquire says it’s because the vamps are batting for the other team, but this doesn’t begin to cover it. Men, well, straight men have hated vampires since Bram Stoker — they’re hardwired for it. Keep reading »
Whenever I’m going through an existential crisis, reading a great book usually helps. Clearly, 46-year-old Nina Sankovitch of Connecticut understands the profound satisfaction that can be found from sitting down with a good read. She’s close to finishing a mission to read one book every day for a year and blog about it. Yes! Every. Single. Day. Even holidays. She may be my new hero. Keep reading »
Our friends at Nerve have an excerpt from the latest book by Frank Warren of PostSecret fame: PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God. If you’re not familiar with PostSecret, it’s a website where readers submit homemade postcards that reveal their most intimate confessions. In a slide show, Nerve has selected some of the best of the bunch, many of them focusing on relationships, with confessions ranging from happy masturbation fantasies to wishing one’s ex dead. [Nerve] Keep reading »
For your enjoyment, here is an excerpt from Johnny Depp and Ami Angelowicz: Fever in France:
“Mon Ami.” “Bizou Johnny.” Ami dismounts her little yellow bicycle and Johnny follows. Tired from a day of cycling about town—Museé Rodin, Tour Eiffel, crêpes de sucre, and passionate kisses on Rive Gauche—Ami finally collapses in the pristine Parisian grass of the Jardin de Luxembourg, stretching and soaking in the fall sun. Johnny opens the picnic basket he has been carrying on his handlebars all day. “Madame … ” he gestures to an unopened bottle of wine ready to serve. “Wine for the lady?” It’s a fine deep red.
OK, so maybe I don’t have a future as a writer of romantic novels (and pardon my French, by the way), but I just got so carried away imagining a page from my soon-to-be published, customized erotic novel created by UStar Books and Novels. Yes, correct. You can create a novel starring you tailor-made to contain all of your most personal tastes and erotic desires. So perfect because it appeals to my romanticism and narcissism, all at once! Keep reading »
There are few things that I love more than history and fashion, but I don’t have the vintage shopping budget of Rachel Zoe or the means to visit every fashion history exhibit worldwide. Fortunately, the London Design Museum is bringing the fashion history to me and everyone else. Fifty Dresses that Changed The World and Fifty Shoes that Changed The World, due out Nov. 1, present a guided tour of how iconic shoes and dresses have impacted our society and fashion design. The little black dress didn’t become a must-have garment for just any reason. And cork platform shoes might not have been invented if it weren’t for Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Don’t think of these two books as simple encyclopedias because they’re much more sacred than that. With all the fashion history they explore, these books deserve their own spot on your fashion altar right next to the fashion bible — Vogue magazine. [Pipeline] Keep reading »
Kind of ironic, huh? A book called Hungry that I just ate right up as quickly as I could. But model Crystal Renn‘s autobiography is that good. Seriously, I could not put down Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves for two days straight.
In her incredible memoir, written with former Sassy health editor Marjorie Ingall, Crystal shares how she was just a teen girl living with her grandmother in Clinton, Mississippi, when a modeling scout changed her life. The scout approached her at a charm school class and said Crystal could be just like Gisele Bundchen if she wanted to—meaning, she had to take off a lot of weight. Over the next several months, a 165-pound Crystal became anorexic, starving herself so she could drop 70 pounds and become a “straight-size” model. Keep reading »
HarperCollins has released the first image of Sarah Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life. [USA Today] Keep reading »