It can’t be easy being the daughter of Martha Stewart. But in her new book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, 46-year-old Alexis Stewart says it was far worse them we imagined. “I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head,” she said. “If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again … Martha was not interested in being kid friendly. She used to make me wrap my own presents. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.’ ” Some other revelations in the tome include that Martha liked to pee with the door open and that her mom refused to buy her a bra when she was a teen. Of course, Alexis also has nice things to say about her mom. But those aren’t nearly as fun to the press. [People]
With this book, Alexis has joined the infamous rank of celebrity family members who have written tell-alls about the more famous members of their bloodline. After the jump, many more.
There are a lot of bands I love and a wealth of genres of music on my iPod, but there is one band that will go down in history as my favorite — Pearl Jam. I discovered the band at 12 and it changed my relationship to music forever — two decades, 10 live shows later, and many discarded flannel shirts later, I am still just as moved by their music as I was back then; I’m just better at containing my hysterical shrieks. This week, the band celebrates their 20th anniversary with the release of “Pearl Jam 20,” a documentary film directed by Cameron Crowe which tells the real story of how the band came to be and how they’ve survived this long. (A week-long run in select theaters starting on Friday and the movie will air on TV in October.) In addition to the film, the band has released a double-disc soundtrack filled with rare demos and live performances, as well as a book documenting their 20 years together. If you are a fan, you need both, trust me. Right now, I am singing along to the demo version of “Nothing As It Seems,” while looking at old photos of Jeff Ament and wondering whether he kept all his ugly hats. As Eddie sings in a tune he recently penned for the occasion, I’m so glad they’ve made it “to when it all got good.”
One of our favorite stylish living blogs is the amazing Design*Sponge. (Newbies, heed this warning before you visit the site — you will fall down an interior design rabbit hole. Don’t blame us if you suddenly find three hours have passed, you haven’t eaten or peed, let alone accomplished anything at work.) Started by Grace Bonney, the site is an impeccably curated collection of amazing homes, cool decor advice, and other aspects of living a stylish life. And now fans can add an even more tangible piece of the Design*Sponge aesthetic to their own pads in the form of Bonney’s new book, Design*Sponge at Home. When you’re not busy thumbing through the pages and drooling over the many cool spaces that are featured, there are tons of fun DIY projects to attempt. This book has a permanent spot on our night table.
Joe McGinniss is definitely on Sarah Palin‘s s**t list. McGinniss moved to Alaska, next door to the Palins, to write a tome, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, which comes out on Tuesday. He engaged in some pretty sketchy reporting to make it happen, like bringing a gift to the Palin house and engaging Track in a conversation without disclosing his purpose for being there. But, the book also makes some amazingly juicy claims about Sarah Palin. For example, McGinniss alleges that she has cheated on Todd twice—once with an NBA star. Furthermore, he claims that Palin was once seen snorting cocaine. While snowmobiling.
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My love for Ryan Gosling may occasionally take me to inane places — please see yesterday’s “sockless” slideshow — but at least I’ve never been so obsessed that I’ve written a book about our fictional love affair. The same cannot be said for Marce William Burchell, an obsessed Jessica Simpson fan penned the book above about their (fake) relationship, which he is currently selling on Amazon for $30. That’s basically a $1 for every word in just the title: The True Story of Jessica Ann Simpson’s 22 month long attempt to seduce a married man- her very Active Super Secret Sex life: True Story Jessica Simpson Seduction of A Married Man (Volume 1). Apparently, however, not a lot could have happened in that 22 months, as the book itself is only 30 pages. The Frisky staff is currently debating whether or not to purchase this pricey piece of fan-fiction; to put money in the pocket of a crazy person or not? I think I may try and score a freebie first. [Amazon via Crushable] Keep reading »