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.
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.”