Ever wonder how celebs get so stinkin’ rich? (I mean, Nicolas Cage owns a friggin’ island.) And why the heck were those kids from “16 & Pregnant” on the cover of the tabloids for, like, a whole year? It might seem like it defies explanation, but it doesn’t. In her new book Celebrity, Inc., gossip reporter Jo Piazza shares the behinds-the-scenes machinations that line famous people’s pockets with the green. She knows firsthand why celebs make bank for acting, selling baby photos, tweeting, and endorsing products they might not even have used. Even if you’re not into reading about celeb gossip, the economics of showbiz are fascinating. [$9.99 for Kindle, Amazon]
It’s not a secret that I have a lot of love for Alber Elbaz: there is no one in the fashion industry who seems more genuine than the Lanvin designer. He takes his job and his art very seriously, which is evident season after season in his masterful collections, and in quotes he always sounds sweet and easy-going (unlike most everyone else in fashion). Love! So it thrills me to know that Mr. Elbaz has been penning a 700-page book filled with both text and photos. The tome will document the entire design and production process of a Lanvin collection. Considering how fond I am of Alber and his designs, I may do more than just skim through this one. In true lovably eccentric fashion, the author has declared that some of the pages will be blank, because “that is how I start every day.” Amen. [NYMag.com]
Here at The Frisky, we’re unabashed fans of the boob tube, but books are our first love. So, when we heard one of our favorite networks — HBO — was turning the much-hyped book Swamplandia! into a mini-series, we bumped it up to the top of our must-read list. (First of all, any book that has an exclamation point in the title piques our interest.) Karen Russell’s book takes place in the Florida Everglades and is about a teenaged girl desperately trying to keep her family’s gator-wrestling theme park in business after her mom passes. Sounds like a page-turner to us! If you’ve read it, share what you thought in the comments! [$10.17, Amazon]
You can’t judge a celebrity’s book by its cover unless it’s a cover as lame as this. Why on Earth is Denise Richards wearing PJ’s and brushing her teeth? And why does she look so happy to be photographed by paparazzi while doing so? A book cover like this makes me think she’s actively trying to get people not to read her book. Or that someone on her team is trying to sabotage her. Well, she’s dissuaded me from cracking the cover, not that I ever would have anyway. Denise isn’t the only celeb with an embarrassing book cover. Click away to see the most ludicrous.
“What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that ‘geek’ is no longer a four-letter word.” So introduces the incredibly hilarious book Geek Girls Unite, a guide to the different types of women who are making geekdom not only an acceptable thing to embrace, but an awesome one to proudly celebrate. Author Leslie Simon explores the different iterations of geek girls — from music geeks to book nerds and everything in between — through their heros and interests, and offers required reading, playlists, and movies to unlock the inner geek girl hiding inside of you. Geek girls unite, indeed!
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.