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The Only Sloth Book You Need

Kristen Loves Sloths
Kristen Bell freaks out over a sloth on "Ellen." Read More »
The Sloths are Coming
Don't worry, they move really slowly. Watch »
Sloths a-Swimming
And they take dips in the pool, too. Watch »
Baby Sloth Onesie
You need to see this baby sloth in a onesie. Watch »

Grumpy Cat is an intergalactic superstar for his sour little pussycat face. But some of us prefer animals with a bit of whimsy and happiness, like …  sloths! In her coffee table book, A Little Book Of Sloth, author Lucy Cooke pens an ode to the humble sloth, complete with pictures taken at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Whether they’re slowly dragging themselves off to do something adorable, munching on a leaf, or snuggling a stuffed animal like their life depends on it, these little critters will put a smile on your face. Don’t just take my word for it — ask Kristen Bell!  [$16.99, ModCloth]

Shailene Woodley Cast As Hazel In “The Fault In Our Stars”

YA Novel Life Lessons
What can we learn from "Sweet Valley High" and "The BSC"? Read More »
5 Suggested Storylines
... for "Anne of Green Gables" and its new sexy cover. Read More »
"The Bell Jar" Covers
In order of adorable to depressing. Read More »
  • It’s official: Shailene Woodley will be playing Hazel is the big screen version of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Yay! I approve! And you must go find a copy of The Fault In Our Stars and read it. It’s the best book I read in 2012, hands down. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • MTV is marathoning old seasons of “The Real World” this weekend. Do you remember a time before anyone knew what a Snooki was? [NYMag.com]
  • You know you want to see a picture of 10-year-old Kate Middleton dressed as a bridesmaid. She’s got baby bangs! [The Sun UK]
  • Keyshia Cole is throwing shade at Beyoncé on Twitter over Bey’s new song, “Bow Down,” tweeting “First ‘women need to stick together’ now bitches better bow. Smh.” Hey, it’s a good point. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Michael Cera rides the subway, looks like a normal person. [Gothamist]

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Chicago Public Schools Pull Graphic Novel Persepolis

Book Burning
Wisconsin-ites want to burn a book about a gay teen. Read More »
Banned Books
These are the books The Frisky was banned from reading growing up. Read More »
"Mean Girls" Bleeps
WTF: "Vagina" gets bleeped but "whore" does not. Read More »

Update, 5:15p.m.: Chicago Public Schools have rescinded the order to yank Persepolis from the shelves. This is great news! [Chicago Tribune]

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is one of the best series of graphic novels that I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. And I read a lot of graphic novels. The memoirs recount Satrapi’s childhood in Iran following the Islamic Revolution and the increasing strictures on the life of an artsy young woman who is increasingly at odds with the fundamentalist Muslim religious police.

It’s touching, inspiring, and educational — and I’m far from the first person to point out that graphic novels are a great way to get young adults who don’t love to read to engage with literature.

So why, then, have the books been pulled out of Chicago Public Schools? Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Authors Jennifer Armstrong & Heather Wood Rudulph Discuss “Sexy Feminism”

Supporting Women
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler prompt dumb convo about feminism. Read More »
Unfashionista Blog
louise mensch
Former UK politician Louise Mensch starts a blog with "man pleasing" tips. Read More »
She Founded "Bust" Mag!
Marcelle Karp of Bust Magazine
"Bust" co-founder Marcelle Karp on what it means to be a feminist. Read More »

It’s no big secret that one of the many battles the feminist movement fights against is its own poor PR. Many see feminism as the other “F-word” due to  stereotypes that paint feminists as mean harpies with no sense of humor who hate men, makeup, bras, and shaving their legs. Despite the majority of feminists falling way outside these parameters, there are still many people — women in particular — who write off feminism as “not for them,” without bothering to dig a little deeper and explore if that’s truly the case.

Enter: Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success and Style by Jennifer Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph. Their book, out this month, acts as a guide to help young women understand how feminism is not only great for the world, but for all aspects of their own lives as well. Keep reading »

Mindy Kaling Is Writing Her Second Memoir

Tina Fey's Memoir
It's called "Bossypants," because obviously. Read More »
No Anna Memoir!
Unlike Grace Coddington, Anna maintains she won't write a book. Read More »
Ke$ha's Memoir
It's the new "Feminine Mystique," she says. Read More »
Mindy Kaling

Shhh. Don’t tell Mindy Kaling, but I didn’t read her first memoir. (Yet!) From what I hear, 2011′s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was okay. Her publisher thinks it was more-than-okay, because the 33-year-old is going to write a second memoir about “the high highs and the low lows of the past 18 months” during the hiatus before the second season of “The Mindy Project.” And if that’s not enough Mindy Kaling for you, she’s also coming back as Kelly Kapoor for “The Office” series finale. Damn, that girl is going to be busy! I guess there’s no time anymore for lunches with Reese Witherspoon or flirting with President Clinton. [Deadline Hollywood] [Image: WENN]

Our Favorite Travel Books: How To Travel The World In $20 Or Less

Weirdest Books Ever
These books will solve all your problems. Even that poop thing. Read More »
What Your Bookshelf Says
Ever wondered what your bookshelf says about you? Read More »
Travel Books

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 »

How To Fake It ‘Til You Make It

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]

Adorable 89-Year-Old Grandpa Confesses Been Writing Romances Novels Under A Girly Pseudonym

Worst Romance Novels
15 of the worst romance novels in existence. Read More »
Amish Romances
Amish romance novels will get you hot and bonneted. Read More »
NASCAR Romance
These racing hunks will have you going full throttle. Read More »
Romances Cause Problems?
Are romance novels responsible for real-life sexual problems. Read More »
Jessica Blair

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 »

Shailene Woodley Up For The Lead Role In “The Fault In Our Stars”

YA Novel Life Lessons
What can we learn from "Sweet Valley High" and "The BSC"? Read More »
5 Suggested Storylines
... for "Anne of Green Gables" and its new sexy cover. Read More »
"The Bell Jar" Covers
In order of adorable to depressing. Read More »
  • Shailene Woodley is up for the role of Hazel in the big screen adaptation of John Green’s young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars. That book is SO GOOD. Seriously, go buy it this weekend and read it. You can thank me on Monday. [ONTD]
  • Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day … love of weed, that is! 2 Chainz got arrested yesterday for possession of marijuana and gamely took photos with the cops. [E! Online]
  • Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries is headed to trial in May, meaning our long national nightmare might soon be over. [US Weekly]
  • Coach Taylor, I mean, Kyle Chandler is coming back to TV in a new Showtime drama called “The Vatican.”[Hollywood Reorter]
  • “Crash” star Thandie Newton has opened up about sexual abuse at the hands of casting directors when she was a teen girl. [Starpulse] Keep reading »

Amy Poehler Is Writing The Greatest Book In The World

Lena Dunham's Book Deal
Can we please stop talking about whether she "deserves" it? Read More »
Tina Fey's Memoir
It's called "Bossypants," because obviously. Read More »
Why Funny Women Rule
Mind of Man
John DeVore on why funny women are a natural resource. Read More »
amy poehler

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]

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