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Here at The Frisky’s offices, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2011 is Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, by the comedienne and all-around-awesome-lady Sara Benincasa. I love this girl for her balls-out honesty regarding her mental health struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety. Agorafabulous! is based on Sara’s one-woman show of the same name, which recounts how vicious panic attacks created a fear of the outside world, to the point where she refused to leave her college dorm room. In this cartoon, Sara explains all about anxiety attacks, the “flight or fight” response, and why you shouldn’t shop at Whole Foods. As someone who has suffered from panic attacks from age 15 onwards, I could have used an explanation like this back when I was hyperventilating and didn’t know what the eff was going on!
‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. Craziest celebs of the year, wackiest outfits of the year, all that jazz. But here’s an end-of-year list for us bibliophiles: the best books we’ve read all year. If you have a kickass recommendation for a book — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, whatever — send me the title, author, and a couple of lines about why it’s so great to Jessica@TheFrisky.com with the words “best book I read this year” in the subject line. I’ll compile them together for another bad ass book recommendations post like the one we published this summer. Be a dear to your fellow Frisky readers and give us some good books to read, you hear? Keep reading »
I can’t be the only one thrilled that a few days off work means I have time to sink my teeth into a good book. Actually, it’s more like “a pile of good books that has been accumulating next to my bed while I rot my brain on the boob tube.” I can’t wait to put on my comfiest socks, cozy up with a blanket (and a cat!), and read the days away while my turkey-belly bloat subsides.
What will you be reading this holiday weekend? Anything good to recommend? Let us know in the comments!
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]
Even the title of Mindy Kaling‘s new book of essays is relatable: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I’ve totally been there, too, girl. Now all of us can hang out with “The Office” writer/actress any time we want. With her trademark wit and intellect, Mindy shares stories about her immigrant parents, performing a show about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck off-Broadway, and joining one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Mark my words: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is going to make me want to make Mindy Kalin my new BFF. [$25, Powells.com]
The first installment of the Lorien Legacies series, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, had us quaking in our boots with excitement, as we learned of nine alien teens who must battle the Mogadorian horde to save Earth and awaken their home planet Lorien. But the second book in the series, The Power of Six, has even more action because John Smith and Six have honed their Legacies — or superpowers — and don’t spare one evil Mogadorian. Even Number Seven and other Lorien aliens get in on the battles, ripping Mogs limb from limb. The action-packed imagery of the The Power of Six lifts off the page, and you’ll kick yourself for reading it so quickly, but with superpower-fueled battles like this, you won’t be able to stop yourself.
[$10.58 Barnes & Noble]
When a friend introduced me to the author Kate Monro over email, explaining she’d just published a book filled with virginity loss stories, I knew that I would love it, sight unseen. The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost And Found (Including My Own) totally delivered! Monro, who used to work for the band Blur and for Dazed and Confused magazine, began collecting stories on a blog called The Virginity Project. For her first book, Monro collated vignettes from Brits and Americans, from grandpas to high school girls, who all reminisced about their first time with fondness, earnestness and occasional heartbreak. It may have been a long time since any of us has been a virgin, but if the bare humanity on display in The First Time is any indication, we could do well to revisit it.
Kate Monro lives in the UK, so we had to conduct our interview over email — but I’d like to imagine we chatted over cups of Earl Grey and some Tim Tams while staring off into the London fog. Our Q&A, which was edited for length and clarity, begins after the jump. Keep reading »
What goes on in the bedroom has long been considered the “artistic” province of male writers. (Cough Philip Roth cough.) When women write about sex? That’s just slutty! Well, not anymore: Erica Jong has edited Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, a collection of essays, short stories and even one short play about women’s experiences with sex: sex and alcoholism, sex and new motherhood, even sex and Catholic school. (Jong is, of course, most famous for her iconic ’70s novel Fear of Flying, about a young woman’s sexual awakening.) “The Vagina Monologue”‘s Eve Ensler, New York Times columnist Gail Collins, and Jong’s own daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, all opened up about bumpin’ uglies for this scintillating book we couldn’t put down. Sugar In My Bowl may not be better than the big O, but it sure comes close.
I’ve long held romantic comedies, TV shows, and romance novels responsible for real-life romantic problems. No man will actually make you feel like a woman with his passionate embraces and burning loins, then cook you a four-course dinner before he rushes off to perform heart surgery on orphans.
Well, apparently that is not the only problem romance novels cause. It turns out wishful hoping for a romp in bed akin to Dr. Trent Blackjack, Esq.’s throbbing member is influencing real-life sexual problems for some women, according to a report in The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Psychologist Susan Quilliam, who wrote the report, claims romance novels glorify “unprotected sex, unwanted pregnancies, unrealistic sexual expectations and relationship breakdowns” and said the fantasies are negative for women. The UK’s Guardian didn’t give us specific examples, but perhaps they were just being British about it. Keep reading »