Jennifer Egan is one of my favorite authors of all time. I devour her books, care about her characters, and recommend her novels to anyone looking for a good, meaty read. I was thrilled that her latest, A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel about the ravages of time on characters working in the music industry (to distill it way, way down) got so much attention from publications like The New York Times Book Review this past year. And when a buddy of mine sent me a link via IM to a Wall Street Journal story yesterday about Egan winning the Pulitzer Prize for the book, I was so happy for her — and for women writers everywhere. But then I scrolled down to the end of the story. Keep reading »
TheBeautyBrains.com is committed to dispelling the stereotype that beauty and brains don’t mix with its scientific answers to beauty questions. The cosmetic scientists, Left Brain, Right Brain, Sarah Bellum, and the Other Lobes, have comprised the answers to those burning beauty and hair questions in Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?. The book contains scientific answers to your questions about the products you use everyday or are interested in. My favorite piece of knowledge from this interesting and quick read was that coconut oil is one of a few oils that can actually penetrate to the cortex of a hair strand. I was also thankful to learn this money-saving tidbit of info: There’s no need to spend a mini fortune on department store self-tanner because many of the drugstore brands are more effective. With summer fast approaching, the threat of your skin and hair going haywire in the heat, and your general curiosity about new products and procedures on the market, Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? is a must-read that you’ll refer to constantly. [$11.53, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
I’d like to sincerely apologize to the cute nerd girl intently reading the emo-vampire epic Twilight on the New York City subway: I’m sorry for judging you. This happened about six months ago and I sniffed at you for eagerly devouring a young adult novel about a very special girl and her boyfriend, a really nice monster. Keep reading »
In November 2009, Dr. Brooke Magnanti bravely outed herself as the “Belle du Jour,” a former sex worker whose blog Diary of a London Call Girl went on to become a smash hit book and Showtime TV series, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” A specialist in neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology, Dr. Magnanti only revealed herself to be Belle because an ex-boyfriend was threatening to do it for her out of spite. She had worked as a prostitute in 2003 and 2004 to support herself while finishing up her doctorate.
These days, the 35-year-old research scientist at Bristol University is penning another book, this time under her own name. Sexonomics: An Examination of Third-Wave Feminism Through the Prism of the Sex Trade will be published in spring 2012. Keep reading »