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In case you haven’t noticed, we give a lot of free stuff to you, our lovely readers. The time has come to announce the winners of two of our giveaways. Keep reading to see if you’re victorious. Then, if you are, email contests@thefrisky.com to claim your prize! Keep reading »

Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue”

Great news for all you folks who were terrified that you’d have to wait until the spring to read Sarah Palin‘s memoir—HarperCollins has decided to move the release date to November 17. [Happy Birthday, Me! -- Editor] That’s right, pitbull hockey moms, only two months and 18 days until you can read it! The book now also has a title, Going Rogue: An American Life, a nod to what a McCain aide said she was doing during last year’s election. Palin collaborated on the book with World editor Lynn Vincent, and reportedly reeled in $7 million smackeroos for her effort. She said she felt it was important to tell her own story since “there have been so many things written and said through mainstream media that have not been accurate.” Though I think it’d be pretty funny if it turned out to be sci-fi/fantasy with her as the star. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Hey, Strippers And Whores Can Write, Too!

The Canadian literary scene lost one of it’s stars last week, when author Nelly Arcan was found dead, allegedly by suicide, at her apartment in Montreal. Arcan wasn’t just any writer: she’s Canada’s version of Diablo Cody! Her autobiographical novel, Whore recounted her life as…well…a whore. Arcan (neé Isabelle Fortier) was raised in heavily Catholic community in rural Canada and, like many a good Catholic girl before her, was drawn to Montreal’s XXX scene when she moved to the for college. In Whore, her character Cynthia gives us a peek at the life of a young woman whose sexuality was stifled as a young adult but burst open like a pipe bomb with the help of an escort agency. [$8.50, Powells.com]

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Coming To Theaters: Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host”

Did you know that, every now and then, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer writes about non-vampires? Last year, she released “The Host,” which was billed as her first adult novel, though it apparently has about the same set of readers. And while it’s not about vamps, there is still some parasitic feasting on pretty girls, this time by an alien species that is romantically overwhelmed by said girls’ capacity for emotion. The book didn’t get nearly as much play as anything “Twilight”-related, but that all may change now that “The Host” is being turned into a movie. Keep reading »

Jenny Sanford Signs A Book Deal

After years of watching political wives stand by their man when their men had not only not stood by them but lay down with other women, Jenny Sanford was a breath of fresh air. After hearing about her husband’s dalliances with an Argentine mistress (and his adoration of her tan lines), Jenny tried to forgive her husband. “But we reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong,” she said in a statement. “I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.” It’s a decision she’s stuck by. Now Jenny will be writing a memoir about her experience, to be published next May by Ballantine Books. Of the book, Jenny says, “I would like to show others how important it is to stand firm on one’s principles, stay true to oneself, and respond with grace and honesty to whatever hurdles may come.” The best part of this news? That Mark Sanford had a book in the works which his publisher nixed when the affair scandal broke. Oops. [Galleycat] Keep reading »

Diablo Cody To Pen A “Sweet Valley High” Screenplay

OK people, fess up. You’ve read a Sweet Valley High book. Some of you may have breezed through all 152 tomes, while others of you may have stopped in for classics like Elizabeth’s Super-Selling Lemonade or Jessica Quits the Squad. Sure, the series about a pair of blond, Californian twins was no Nancy Drew, but I still adored these books growing up. I always identified with Elizabeth, the older (by four minutes) twin who wrote for the Sweet Valley High newspaper and dreamed of being a journalist, though I definitely had streaks of Jessica, the flighty, boy-crazy twin, too. So I am very excited to tell you that Sweet Valley High is heading for the big screen and … (wait for it) … Diablo Cody will be writing the script as well as producing. We hope this means that the tone of the movie will be midway between the saccharine flavor of the original books and the possessed man-eating of “Jennifer’s Body.” Keep reading »

Crave: “Kids’ Letters To President Obama” Book

Lately, the politicos have been hitting President Obama with a lot of criticism, and it seems everyone would like to tell our president what to do: “Don’t eat junk food. Junk food makes you fat”; “I know you want to save the earth, but people don’t want to clean”; “You should not smoke when you are president! Because you will die by smoking, and then you will not be president!”

Well, at least, that’s what America’s kids have to say to him, and they do so every day by sending thousands of letters to the White House. Kids’ Letters to President Obama, edited by Bill Adler, compiles 200 of some of the more hilarious notes. Read some selections on McSweeney’s, like our favorite so far:

“Dear President Obama,
I want to tell you hi. Do you work with Santa Claus? Can I meet you in your house? Can I say bye to you after I meet you? And then can I meet you again? And then again after that?

Sergio Magana, age 5
San Francisco”

Cracking up yet? [$15, Barnes & Noble]

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Michelle Obama Not So Happy That Ladies Love Grabbing Barack’s Bum

Chris Andersen’s biography of the Obamas, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, comes out today, and in it he dishes on a lot more than the first couple’s date night. According to Andersen, women are constantly rubbing up against Barack, slipping him their digits, and whispering suggestive comments in his ear. “On more than one occasion, Barack tried not to look startled when some random woman in the crowd would grasp him firmly by the derriere — and sometimes try to hold on,” writes Andersen. After one rally on the campaign trail, Barack supposedly said, “Jesus, I wish they’d stop grabbing my ass.” Keep reading »

A Must-Read: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ex

Think you know everything there is to know about that ex you’ve obsessed over? Well, authors Heather Belle and Michelle Fiordaliso want you to know that there is so, so much more. (Curses!) The two psychotherapists have both “professional and personal experience with exes.” Some of us could use some pro insight on factors like how to be friends with an ex, whether you should get back together, why you really shouldn’t and, say, moving on. Their new book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ex tackles all of this. Anything that helps us step away from the dramz is probably a good thing, right? Read it when you’re contemplating a drunk dial. [Amazon] Keep reading »

Do Women Take Better Pictures Of Other Women?

Ellen von Unwerth is one of only a few women in the fashion photography world. In a field largely dominated by males, von Unwerth’s often-dream-like photos have appeared in magazines like Vanity Fair, Interview, and Vogue, along with ad campaigns for major brands, including Chanel, Banana Republic, and Victoria’s Secret. In a very expensive book ($700!?!) called Fräulein, to be released in December, the Bavarian photographer celebrates sexy female icons of the modern era.

In an article in The Sunday Times, Katie Roiphe writes that the women (from Claudia Schiffer and Milla Jovovich to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears) in von Unwerth’s book are sexy because they seem to be enjoying themselves, “though they might be even happier if another person were there.” They look good because they’re self-confident — and not the least bit clingy. Could part of the reason for the heightened sexiness be that the photographer is also a woman? Keep reading »

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