Posts tagged "reading"

Do You Know A D-Lister Who Needs Reality TV Rehab?

Do you know some reality stars from TV who look like they could use a real-life kick in the pants? A “desperate bachelorette” maybe? A “d-bag”? An “angry black bitch”? These are just a few of the stock characters you see over and over again on reality TV — excuse me, “reality TV.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2010

If “Mad Men” Made Kids’ Books

Lord knows no one would make “Mad Men” into those Mr. Men kids’ books because they’d quickly have to explain alcoholism and why Mr. Draper is humping the secretary. But if it did happen, we bet “Mad Men” kids’ books would look just like this!

Check out more like this after the jump:…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 26, 2010

Frisky Q&A: Clinton Kelly Of “What Not To Wear” Is Judging You

“What Not To Wear” is my go-to channel-surfing show — and if it’s a weekend marathon, I will binge on six straight episodes like Lady Gaga at a lobster hat sale. What’s not to like? The women (and occasionally men) nominated by their loved ones for “What Not To Wear” are all-too-relatable with their style…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2010

Study Of “The New York Times Book Review” Finds More Men Get Novels Reviewed Than Women

Last week, I posted about authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and their reactions to fellow writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom. They weren’t just rankled that Franzen was lauded on the cover of Time magazine as a “Great American Novelist.” Or even that fact that it made headlines when President Obama snagged an advance…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2010

Jodi Picoult Says Book Reviewers Favor “White Male Literary Darlings”: It’s Sexism, Not Sour Grapes

You may have heard of the novelist Jonathan Franzen, who always seems to be in the news about something. In 2001, he dissed Oprah — Oprah! — for having “schmaltzy” taste after she chose his novel, The Corrections, for her book club and then she rescinded the offer. His latest novel, Freedom, has already grabbed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2010

To Covet & Avoid: Books By Grace Coddington And Tinsley Mortimer

Fall in love with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington in “The September Issue”? Lucky us. Some smartypants publisher has convinced Anna Wintour’s right-hand woman to pen a memoir. She’ll share her life as a model in ’60s London and her decades-plus at both British and American Vogue. Grace’s book will be co-written with the former…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2010

Calling All Bad Poetry Submissions!

Calling all Frisky readers! Tomorrow, August 18, is Bad Poetry Day and we need your worst adolescent scribblings for our most epic, embarrassing post ever.

Don’t worry, we Frisky staffers will humiliate ourselves for your entertainment by sharing our terrible poems in a separate post. But it’s time for you readers to do…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2010

Library Pressured To Remove Book About Gay Teens From Shelves

Do you know what is terrible for teenagers to read about? Homosexuality. They might get ideas! It’s a good thing Glenn Beck’s group, The 9.12 Project, (as in, after 9/11) is on the case. The 9.12 Project has pressured a New Jersey public library into considering removing all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2010

Book Critic Says Pink Covers “Candy Coat” Books For Women And Girls

I have a favorite independent bookstore near my office. There are tables full of new fiction and non-fiction, shelves filled with New York Times bestsellers, and one particular bookshelf full of pastel pink and purple books. These pink and purple books, of course, are in the “chick lit” section. Even without searching for titles like…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2010

And The Prize Goes To … The Most Memorable Book You Read In High School English Class

We asked last week for you to share with us the most memorable book you read in your high school English classes for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The Frisky had no idea we had such bookworms reading our site. We’ll reveal our…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2010

Meghan McCain’s Book Cover For “Dirty Sexy Politics” Is Neither Dirty Nor Sexy

The draft cover for Meghan McCain‘s forthcoming book, Dirty Sexy Politics, starring an elephant named Thai, is a lot less dirty and sexy than we expected. But I guess she is a senator’s daughter with an image to uphold … [Hyperion Books]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 21, 2010

Win This! 50th Anniversary Edition Of “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Earlier this week marked the 50th anniversary of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In the past half-century, Scout, Jem, Atticus and, of course, Boo Radley have charmed millions of readers (if not necessarily high school English classes) with their tale about coming of age, family, and racism in the South.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2010

“Annexed,” A Tale Of Anne Frank’s Hot — And Fictional — Sex Life

Anne Frank‘s hormones are not the first thing that comes to mind when one remembers the world’s most famous teenage girl. But Sharon Dogar, a young adult author, has made it so in a fictionalized version of Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Annexed is an allegedly a “racy diary” about Anne’s relationship with Peter…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2010

30-Day Breakup Guide Challenge: Reading 3 Books I Love On Day 9

When I’m feeling down there are three books I turn to: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Alice In Wonderland by C.S. Lewis Lewis Carroll, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. This has been pretty consistent throughout my life. When I was 14 and all my friends decided they didn’t like me in one of those…

By: Maude Standish / June 18, 2010

Ex-Gawker Editor Emily Gould On Women Writers

I feel bad for Emily Gould. Next week, the former editor of gossip blog Gawker.com will publish her first book, a collection of personal essays called And The Heart Says Whatever. And when I think about what’s going to happen to her, I just want to shield my eyes.

You see, almost two year…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2010

Frisky Q&A: Susan J. Douglas, Author Of “Enlightened Sexism”

“Beverly Hills 90210″
“The Hills”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2010

Mommy’s Little Anarchist Has Her Own ABC Book

A is for Anarchy
there’s really no rules,
If you’re a punk rocker
you think this is cool

This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love … Hate?

There have been a few books in recent years that have evoked such strong emotions that people pretty much love them or they hate them. One is Twilight, of course, and another is the memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Even if you have never read Eat, Pray, Love, you probably know the plot already: After a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 30, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Boomer Ladies Love Their Books

Power to the lady boomers! In the first nine months of 2009, women ages 43 to 61 were the single biggest book buyers, followed by women ages 20 to 30. There’s bad news, though: the crappy economy has led 68 percent of women surveyed to cut their book purchases, meaning all your writer friend…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2009

Could You Read A Book A Day For A Year?

Whenever I’m going through an existential crisis, reading a great book usually helps. Clearly, 46-year-old Nina Sankovitch of Connecticut understands the profound satisfaction that can be found from sitting down with a good read. She’s close to finishing a mission to read one book every day for a year and blog about it. Yes! Every.

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 13, 2009
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