I love traveling — it’s basically why I work. That, and to feed my cat. But sometimes it’s difficult to scrape together enough money to get on your way — plane tickets are murderously expensive and it can be impossible to take time off work. And that’s why, when I’ve gone through a stretch of not traveling, I like to read a travel memoir or two. If nothing else, a good travel book can help you figure out where you’d like to go when you actually have the time, money and inclination. And come on, you were sick of re-reading Eat Pray Love, weren’t you?
So we’ve compiled some of our absolute favorite travel books, so you can go around the world in 180 pages (ugh, sorry). Check out our list–along with picks from some of our travel writer and author friends–and share your favorites in the comments. Keep reading »
Every woman that’s looking to conquer the world knows you’ve got to fake it until you make it. And no, we’re not talking about fake hair, fake nails, or fake titties — we mean knowing how to fake like you’ve got your life totally under control. Whether it’s how to fake a clean bathroom for that sudden visit from your mom or how to fake short hair when you can’t commit to cutting (what, you can do that?!), Jennifer Byrne’s Fake It: More Than 100 Shortcuts Every Woman Should Know is your secret recipe for success. Lazy? Noooo! You’re just savvy! [$12.44, Amazon]
Sometimes when I’m reading stories on LitErotica.com, I feel like I can tell when a man has written a story and given himself a woman’s pseudonym. Some stories are just … different. They sound overly porn-y, involving words like pounding and ramming, and clearly what some horny dude thinks a woman’s experience of sex might be like. I think to myself, I see through your pseudonym, “Ashleigh St. Pierre!”
But Brits, of course, are a little more subtle. That must be why no one figured out that the romance novelist “Jessica Blair” was actually an 89-year-old grandpa and military veteran named Bill Spence. Keep reading »
Suck it, Tina Fey! Feck off, Lena Dunham! Amy Poehler is here to write the greatest book in all the land. HarperCollins is publishing a memoirish “illustrated, non-linear diary” promising “true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons.” Uh, hello? Amy Poehler’s entire life is a life lesson: be best friends with Tina Fey, make adorable ginger babies, work with Adam Scott. Her book deal terms haven’t been disclosed, but whatever her publishers paid Miss Amy, it’s not nearly half as much as its worth. We must sit on our hands until 2014 for this masterpiece. Start your countdown clocks now. [AP] [Photo: Splash News]
If Jane Austen had an iPad today, she’d be tweeting about boys just like us. And she’d do it with this rad Pride And Prejudice iPad cover, which fits iPads versions 2, 3, and 4. The hardcover book board cover, layered with rubber inside, has been made by the oldest bookbindery in the United States and features the original 19th century jacket art. Plus, it’s made with recycled materials. What’s there for a bookworm tech nerd not to love? [$50, Mental Floss]
No one would accuse Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell of being not-fancy. This is the woman, after all, who popularized Manolo Blahniks and finance fiancés named Mr. Big. But even I’ll admit this entire New York Times Magazine profile of Bushnell, whose book The Carrie Diaries, has just debuted as a CW drama, is “too much,” even for me, a looky-loo who likes to gawk at the lives of rich folks.
As a native Connecticut-ite, here are the most ridiculously stereotypical tidbits in the Candace Bushnell piece: Keep reading »
Once upon a time, when a respectable young lady traveled to the big, bad city, she was accompanied by a chaperone, lest anyone get the wrong idea about her virtue. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is a fictionalized tale about a Wichita woman in 1922 who was hired to accompany a 15-year-old Louise Brooks to New York City for the summer so the teen could attend a dance school. Only a few years later, Louise Brooks became a world famous silent film star. It’s a picturesque tale of that Great Gatsby-era when women bobbed their hair and rising hemlines had everyone in a tizzy. If you love the peek at the changing roles of women on “Mad Men” in the 1960s, you’ll love The Chaperone to see how roles were even changing for their mothers a generation before. [$26.95, Powells]
All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the reading fanatic in your life… Keep reading »