Writer-editor-actress Tavi Gevinson is probably tired of discussing her age, but it’s worth noting that the 18-year-old is by far the youngest author to take EW’s Books of My Life survey. Jonathan Franzen and Hilary Mantel have done it in the past, and Gevinson, who is also featured in an EW Lightbulb interview this week, more than holds her own. Read on to learn what books have most influenced the phenom, editor of the newly published Rookie Yearbook Three, and star of Broadway’s This Is Our Youth. READ FULL STORY
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You knew it was coming. Check out the steamy movie tie-in edition of Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James in time for the film in early 2015. Very few book lovers admit to preferring a movie tie-in edition over the original, but this one might be an exception for die-hard Fifty Shades fans given the Jamie Dornan eye candy. Against-the-wall makeout sessions are SO much hotter than closeups of monochrome silk ties.
Here’s something worth saying “Cool… Cool-cool-cool” about. Community creator and exec producer Dan Harmon is writing a book of funny essays to be released in 2016, EW has learned exclusively. According to publisher Doubleday, the as-yet untitled collection will “present a mix of the author’s recollections, musings, and riffs.” There’s a lot of material for Harmon’s musings and riffs, in addition to the highs and lows of Community’s fraught five-season run on NBC. (It’s since been picked up by Yahoo Screen). He’s the co-creator and exec producer of the Adult Swim series Rick & Morty, as well as the Host of weekly podcast Harmontown, and the star of the recently released documentary, also called Harmontown.
Harmon is already a published author—his first book, You’ll Be Perfect When You’re Dead, was a limited-edition compilation of greatest hits from his brilliant, rambling blog Dan Harmon Poops. But this will be his first book of essays that were always meant to be in a book.
In her new book, Yes Please, Amy Poehler dishes about the improv biz, her years on Saturday Night Live (don’t miss the chapter called “Humping Justin Timberlake”), motherhood, hosting the Golden Globes, and, oh yeah, what she’s going to do when Parks and Recreation ends its run next year. But even after reading it, we hadn’t quite had our fill of Poehler—which is why EW called up the actress to ask her a few more questions.
What’s the thought behind the title of the book?
It’s something I say a lot, and it’s also kind of a motto or a theory I subscribe to. Saying “yes” has gotten me a lot of places in my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve added the “please” because I realize when you say “yes” to something, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it alone. I liked it because it felt vulnerable and strong, a polite way of asking for what you want and responding to when people ask you what you need. The combination of agreeing and also realizing that you’re not entitled to anything is something I wanted to convey. And also, my kids can say it really easily. And it translates well into the hundreds of other languages it’ll come out in. READ FULL STORY
The author of About a Boy is bringing you a new novel about a funny girl. In Funny Girl, Nick Hornby takes us to the London of the swinging sixties. Sophie Straw, a former beauty queen who cares more about humor than looks, mesmerizes the nation as the star of a sitcom. It dives deep into the world of TV comedy writing and female comics. Take a look at the mod U.S. cover of Funny Girl, exclusively revealed here, and read on for a quick Q&A about the novel, available on Feb. 3. READ FULL STORY
This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition, the National Book Foundation announced the 20 finalists for the National Book Awards in four categories.
The Fiction shortlist includes Anthony Doerr’s best-seller All the Light We Cannot See, Phil Klay’s debut collection of wartime short stories, and Emily St. John Mandel’s breakout post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. The Nonfiction list is most notable for its inclusion of Roz Chast for her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?—Chast is the first cartoonist nominated in an adult category.
See below for a full list of finalists in all categories. READ FULL STORY
Are you the one who bakes?
Drugs and sweet snacks have a long history together, so of course it’s about time there was a Breaking Bad parody cookbook that offers up recipes for Walter Wheat’s specialties—including “Buried Barrel Dessert,” “Heisen(Batten) Burg Cake” (yes, there’s an edible black hat), and “Box Cutter Doughnuts.” Load up on your blue rock candy, go easy on the chili P., and watch the exclusive trailer below to get ready for Baking Bad: A Parody in a Cookbook, available on Oct. 28. READ FULL STORY
Giant spoilers ahead. Do not read on if you have not read or seen Gone Girl and you’d like to do one or both at some point.
While Gone Girl was becoming a major word-of-mouth hit a couple of years ago, the selling point was the giant twist halfway through. But a recommendation of the Gone Girl would also come with a warning about the ending, which was highly divisive, even among people who liked the book—just look at any online review.
Then earlier this year, in an interview with EW about the movie adaptation, director David Fincher said, “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! [Gillian Flynn] literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’” Other blogs ran with the quote, wrongly implying that Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn had caved to the negative response to the ending and changed it for the film. As it turns out, the third act was indeed structured differently for the film, but the ending—the one that infuriated or thrilled so many readers—was exactly the same.
EW talked to Flynn, a former EW writer, about that ending back in 2012: Amy, the sociopathic mastermind played by Rosamund Pike in the film, fakes her own death, ruins her husband’s life, and pretty much gets away with it. Read on for Flynn’s explanation as to why Gone Girl‘s ending is the only one that would have worked. READ FULL STORY
The Nobel oddsmakers were wrong—again!
Year after year, bookies put their bets on Japanese author Haruki Murakami winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. Instead, the Swedish Academy announced this morning that the honor had gone to French author Patrick Modiano.
2014 was feeling like Murakami’s time: His 13th novel Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimmage hit shelves in the U.S., and his fourth book of short stories, Men Without Women, has been announced. Earlier this week, The New Yorker ran his short story “Scheherazade.” It’s almost as if the Murakami machine—although not the notoriously fame-indifferent author himself—had been subtly campaigning for the win.
But even though Murakami still isn’t a Nobel Laureate, he’s written numerous works that demand to be read (or binged). The 65-year-old author has been writing four hours a day without fail for around 35 years—that’s a lot of lit to go through—so we’ve narrowed down his output to four essential novels that are perfect gateways for newbies: READ FULL STORY
Whether you loved The Giving Tree or found it profoundly disturbing, odds are you still remember the surprisingly complex story by Shel Silverstein of a boy who asks a tree to give him everything. Even on its 50th anniversary today, parents, religious scholars, environmentalists, and feminists are still puzzling and debating over its meaning. Silverstein initially had trouble finding a publisher for The Giving Tree because it was either too sad, too short, or too adult. Fifty years later, it has sold over 10 million copies and was recently released as an e-book — the first of Silverstein’s books to be published in a non-hardcover format.
To celebrate the anniversary, HarperCollins has released a new edition, and the Shel Silverstein estate has shared never-before-seen family photos of the author-artist below: READ FULL STORY
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