Having spent most of my childhood getting teased about my book dork-ery by relentlessly obnoxious brothers, I’ve developed a bit of a complex about reading. I like it and totally don’t mind spending a night in reading over a night out partying, but while a lot of new titles have awesome cover art and a general air of vague coolness, the classics are generally hopelessly dorky looking. Or they were, anyway.
Now I can tote around a tome with an amazingly illustrated image. The new covers are courtesy of Penguin Books and Ruben Toledo (husband of Michelle Obama’s favorite designer Isabel Toledo), and they’ll be gracing the covers of everything from Wuthering Heights to Pride and Prejudice in celebration of Fashion Week.
So yeah, I’m a book dork and I’m proud, not to mention ever so stylish now. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Did you know that in 1954, when Life ran a report showing that kids weren’t learning to read because they found books boring, Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) was given an assignment by his publisher to write a book using 250 words from a list of 348? Well, even if you didn’t know that obscure bit of Dr. Seuss trivia, I’m sure you’ve heard of The Cat in the Hat. This most famous children’s story was Geisel’s final product from the assignment, containing exactly 236 words from the provided list, and soaking up nine months of his life. The book launched the decades-long career of Dr. Seuss. And now, slowly but surely, modern media are destroying Dr. Seuss books, one by one.
The Broadway show, “Seussical: The Musical,” was bad enough, but did we really need awful feature film versions of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who?” Now, “The Lorax”—my most beloved of all of Dr. Seuss’s works—is being made into a 3-D flick to be released on March 2, 2012, Theodore Geisel’s birthday!!! He must be rolling over in his grave. [Variety]
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Further proof that the book publishing industry will give everyone a book deal but people who actually deserve it … Jillian Harris, the most recent “Bachelorette,” will be writing a dating book based on hot dog toppings. You see, Jillian has this little theory that you can tell a lot about a guy based on what he puts on his hot dog. “It’s just sort of a girls guide to how to dissect a guy and how to simply ask what his hot dog topping is and then you decide whether he’s a keeper or not,” Harris told E! Online. “It’ll be short stories about different guys I’ve dated and what you can expect with a sauerkraut guy or a ketchup guy…just something fun.” Yes. Fun. So. Fun. I’m going to go stab my self with a Oscar Meyer now, thanks. [E! Online] Keep reading »
In the downtime between the first and second season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” NeNe Leakes, who you may remember as Anderson Cooper’s biggest fan, spent time writing an autobiography. The memoir, Never Make The Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way, hits bookshelves August 11 and is destined to be amazing. While the Amazon description is a little dry (”NeNe charts her journey from family black sheep to single mother to making good and realizing her dreams”), there is mention of juicy gossip hidden in the 240 pages. Specifically, it’s alleged that NeNe dishes on fellow “Housewife” Kim Zolciak’s stripper past! Before she became the whitest-housewife-who-is-black-on-the-inside, Kim supposedly performed in Atlantic City under the name “Barbie.” Keep reading »
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 »
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.
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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 »