Paulina Porizkova wants you to know that, yes, she can read. In fact, she’s written a whole essay on the subject for Modelinia.com.
“I feel the need to constantly prove I’m not some dumb model. And yes, I know that having to prove it undermines my efforts. But bear with me. I quit school at 15 to live off of my looks,” she says. “Fortunately, I have been a bookworm ever since I learned how to read.” [Modelinia]
So what does Paulina think you should read this summer? Vikram Seth’s 1,488-page tome about India, A Suitable Boy. And A Soldier of the Great War, which Paulina describes as “880 pages of love, humor, and war.” She also says, “Once read, [these books] can be used to tone biceps or in step class.”
Oh, but there are other options. Here’s what our favorite celebs are reading this summer. Keep reading »
We saw this one coming a mile – or at least a catwalk – away. Since his stint on Project Runway, Christian Siriano has consistently stormed the fashion world with project after project. After debuting his own collection, maternity clothes, and Payless shoes, now Siriano is coming out with a book. As one might expect it is called “Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self.” Keep reading »
Viva Las Vegas is a popular stripper based in Portland, Oregon. A preacher’s daughter, she was raised in the Midwest before she moved to the West, where she worked as a nude dancer for over a dozen years. Eventually, she wondered if it was time to retire. Last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After chemo made her hair fall out and a mastectomy left her with one breast, she wasn’t sure what to do. So, she wrote a book about her experiences: Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas. After the lump was removed, extra skin from a cadaver was used to cover the area, but she resisted having her breast rebuilt with an implant. And then, she went back to stripping … [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Hated reality TV star Spencer Pratt has decided to enlighten us all by writing a book called “How to Be Famous.” I think he should retitle it “How To Make Yourself Into A Complete Jackass.” In the book, Spencer tries to make himself out to be a Public Relations bad ass. He brags about leaking the deets of Lauren Conrad’s sex tape because she was mean to Heidi Montag and seems to think that now that she’s gone from “The Hills” he’s going to rule. One thing we agree with? “If I weren’t me, I’d hate me,” he writes. Yeah dude, that’s pretty much how it is. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was published in 2006, and her followup book was touted in the back of at least 200,000 copies of the book. Tentatively titled Weddings and Evictions, it was described as a memoir about Gilbert’s “unexpected journey into second marriage” and was supposed to hit shelves in 2009. But Gilbert scrapped her 500-page draft of the book and told her publisher she needed more time. What she had wasn’t working.
Because Eat, Pray, Love had been such a huge success, staying in the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, Viking wanted the followup to come out as quickly as possible. But her editor gave her another year, and this second draft, now called Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage will be published in January. Keep reading »
J. Courtney Sullivan’s debut novel, Commencement, takes place at Smith College, an all-women’s institution known for being home to the pearls and sweater-set types as well as radical lesbians. Following four unlikely friends through their years at school and beyond, the book balances the humor of ladies college life and the drama of post-grad confusion. It’s a delectable page turner, but, more importantly, touches on many issues that twenty-something women face today. We asked Sullivan about Commencement and what women can learn from being young and being together. Keep reading »
Since 2006, Smith Magazine
has been encouraging readers to submit memoirs told in six words. Some folks who’ve told theirs are famous while others are total unknowns, but together the result is fascinating and strangely poignant. The first book contains almost 1,000 memoirs and is called Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure
and the second is titled Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak
. It’s only 8$ on Amazon
. What would your 6-word memoir say? Keep reading »
Were you a Baby-Sitters Club enthusiast? Come on, just admit it. Those books were the highlight of my late-elementary and early-middle school years. Oh, the ladies of Stoneybrook, Connecticut! Remember bossy, take-charge Kristy, creative and fashionable Claudia, shy and reliable Mary Anne, sophisticated and logical Stacey, and Cali girl Dawn? Remember the meetings, the diaries, and best of all … the drama? OMG, these characters were so real to me that I think I was deluded into believing that they were actual friends. I remember the empty feeling when I finished the very last Super Special. It was the end of an era.
Did you ever wonder what would have become of these girls had Ann M. Martin written about them past 8th grade? Keep reading »
Who’s The Blonde That Married What’s-His-Name by Carol Boswell and Lenore Skenazy is like Mad Libs for adults. In other words, you get to fill in the blanks and give your brain a mini-workout. The book uses the “tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon” (that frustrating feeling when you can’t find the word you’re looking for) to create puzzles that are fun to solve. The pop culture-inspired brainteasers are the perfect icebreaker. Even if you’re a little old for Mad Libs, you can indulge your craving for fill-in-the-blank games with this cute little tome. [$10.15, Amazon]
We’re giving five winners a copy of Who’s The Blonde That Married What’s-His-Name? But you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, August 14 through Thursday, August 20—will be awarded one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Chick lit just got a whole lot less expensive. No, the price of the sometimes throwaway-quality books hasn’t gone down, but many recently published and upcoming books in this genre take the recession into account. Storylines in recession chick-lit books include dealing with a husband being investigated for embezzlement, scrimping on extravagant expenses after going through a divorce, and wearing less expensive clothes. Dang! Is nothing sacred? Keep reading »