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Oprah Winfrey sits down with 'Wild' author Cheryl Strayed -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, Oprah Winfrey resurrected her defunct Book Club specifically for Wild, a terrific memoir by Cheryl Strayed. In an in-depth, two-hour interview airing this Sunday at 11 a.m., Strayed will be discussing Wild and the events that led her to hike the harrowing Pacific Coast Trail alone at the age of 26.

While the book details her grueling physical journey on the trail, it’s really about loss — how the death of her mother emotionally gutted Strayed, and how she set out to mend the broken pieces of her life.

In the exclusive clip below, Strayed discusses the difficulty of writing about her mother without romanticizing her. Catch the full interview July 22 on OWN as part of “Super Soul Sunday.” READ FULL STORY

'Buffy' Season 9 spin-off 'Spike': The cockroaches aren't happy -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

At the end of the most recent issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9, Spike and Buffy went their separate ways. (Well, it was actually Buffy’s consciousness inside a robot version of Buffy, but let’s not get too technical.) Spike had had it with having his non-beating heart jerked around by Buffy’s inability to fully commit to him, and he blasted off in his spaceship piloted by a loyal crew of giant alien cockroaches. Naturally.

That’s pretty much exactly where the five-issue spin-off miniseries Spike (written by Victor Gischler and pencilled by Paul Lee) starts off, and EW has an exclusive sneak peek at how well — or, really, not well — Spike is handling his self-imposed separation from Buffy.

You can read the full issue when it arrives in stores Aug. 22, but you can check out EW’s four-page first look here.

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'Glee' star Jenna Ushkowitz to write an inspirational memoir

Tina Cohen-Chang went from Glee‘s mousiest outcast to one of its sassiest, and now Jenna Ushkowitz — the 26-year-old actress who plays her — is penning a motivational memoir. Choosing Glee tells the story of Ushkowitz’s rise to TV musical prominence — from being adopted by a Long Island family at age 3, to starring in the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, and to becoming an integral part of New Directions — all while offering advice to her fans.

“People ask me, ‘How did you get here?’” Ushkowitz said in a statement. “Well, I learned how to fight for what I want. I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity. My goal is for you to walk away from this book looking at the world differently than when you started. It’s about how to have, do, and be anything you want.”

Choosing Glee is slated for Spring 2013.

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Anthony Bourdain previews new graphic novel, teaming up with Nigella Lawson

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Star chef Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential gave Bradley Cooper his first leading role. Perhaps Bourdain’s latest literary endeavor — graphic novel Get Jiro! — will launch another future Sexiest Man Alive into orbit. If the action-packed novel gets the page-to-screen treatment, whoever steps in as vigilante sushi chef Jiro will have to be buff — think Snake Plissken, only with better knife skills and fueled by hamachi.

Bourdain co-wrote the novel with Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird) and tapped Wizards of the Coast‘s Langdon Foss to create the eye-popping art. Before Get Jiro! hits stores on July 3, Bourdain sat down with EW to talk about his geeky past, what inspired the dangerous Los Angeles seen in the novel, and what’s in store for his two upcoming series. Read on… READ FULL STORY

'A Feast of Ice and Fire': Yes, there's now an official 'Game of Thrones' cookbook

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“In the Game of Food, you win, or you wash the dishes.” That’s the tagline of The Inn at the Crossroads, a food blog with a unique twist: Authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer are trying to cook every dish that appears in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Well, almost every dish — the denizens of Westeros and beyond sometimes eat things that are illegal in the U.S. (horse meat, camel, dog) or downright horrifying (olives stuffed with maggots).

But Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer have triumphed over challenges like honey-spiced locusts and the mysterious “bowls of brown” served in Flea Bottom, as well as a score of more appetizing recipes (lemon cakes, anyone?) — and now they’ve taken their hobby to the next level. Next Tuesday, Bantam will release A Feast of Ice and Fire, a Game of Thrones-themed cookbook that has George R. R. Martin’s official seal of approval; he even wrote the tome’s poetic introduction. Before its release, EW called up Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer to chat about the challenges of cooking fictional food, weird medieval recipes, and which fantastical world they’d like to tackle next. Hint: It rhymes with “Larry Totter.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to start your blog?
Monroe-Cassel: We really wanted lemon cakes, and a Google search didn’t bring up anything that fit the almost reverent description of lemon cakes in the books. So naturally, we decided to try and make our own.

Research must have been a huge undertaking. Can you explain your process?
Monroe-Cassel: We basically try to do an historical and a modern take on each dish when possible — it can be anything from ancient Roman to Elizabethan. We’ll look at the description in the book and then we’ll go back in old cookbooks and try to find a description that fairly closely matches. The old recipes often don’t have quantities or very clear directions or temperatures or anything like that.

I’m imagining you two sitting in an enormous library, examining scrolls.
Monroe-Cassel: [Laughs] That would be the dream. I’m a classical history major, so I did put my dead language skills to work for some of the recipes. We’ve done a lot of library research and a lot of online research.

I guess you can find anything on the Internet.
Monroe-Cassel: It’s true. We got our crickets from Amazon.

It’s a little disappointing that the book doesn’t include a recipe for a pie filled with 100 live doves.
Monroe-Cassel: We get that a lot!

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Snooki's new novel 'Gorilla Beach': I read it so you don't have to!

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Mommy-to-be and Jersey Shore starlet Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is at it again. Today her third(!) book, Gorilla Beach, hits shelves. Simultaneously, a part of me died because this is her third book. Beach is a follow-up to her first novel A Shore Thing, written with the help of ghostwriter Valerie Frankel. Confessions of a non-guidette: I didn’t read A Shore Thing, but the EW review pretty much covered the basics. Gia and her cousin Bella take Seaside Heights by storm, consume large amounts of alcohol, and shenanigans ensue.

In Gorilla Beach, the girls return to Seaside Heights only to run into some bad luck. So what do they do? Flee to Atlantic City, of course! Joining Gia and Bella on their AC adventure is a new character, Fredo. Together, they manage to win $60,000 at the roulette table. Meanwhile, Gia meets Arthur Ponzirelli, a.k.a. Ponzi. And guess what? He’s a professional con man who scams Gia and her friends out of their prize money. (I seriously couldn’t make this stuff up.)

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Could a book writing competition ever be a reality TV show? Here's a pitch:

Summer is the season for truly bizarre reality TV programming. The networks test out their flimsiest ideas: a show about musical chairs? The weirdly addictive Bachelor Pad? With TV viewers becoming less and less interested in unscripted shows, and so many skill-based competition series focusing on singing, cooking, and fashion, maybe now would be the time for an exec to take a crazy risk by green-lighting a competition show about writing books.

The prospect of a writing show is sometimes talked about but rarely taken seriously, because writing a book is hard, solitary work, and it would seem nothing could be more boring than watching someone do it. Even shows about writing music and writing movies, which have way more visual and cross-promotional potential than a show about writing books, have fizzled. As someone who loves writers as much as the fiction they create, I’d add a show about up-and-coming authors to my DVR if it’s done in a fun way. Here’s a ridiculously detailed pitch — half joking, half serious — for a fiction-writing competition I’d totally watch. Proposed title: Great American Author. Though a network would probably change it to The Next Best-Seller. READ FULL STORY

Bethenny Frankel talks new novel 'Skinnydipping'

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Bravo TV starlet Bethenny Frankel can now add fiction writer to her long list of credits. Skinnydipping, her fiction debut, hit shelves yesterday. The story follows Faith Brightstone, an aspiring actress, who packs her bags and moves to L.A. hoping to find fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend while she’s at it. But when things don’t go quite as planned, she moves to NYC. Five years later she ends up on a reality TV show for Sybil Hunter, a Martha Stewart-esque personality. (The reality program is clearly a nod to Frankel’s own time spent on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and it certainly isn’t the only similarity to Frankel’s life.) Here, the three-time best-selling author talks about her inspiration for the novel and explains the title.

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Simon Cowell's biography -- I read it so you don't have to!

Simon Cowell is the latest celebrity to get the biography treatment. Tom Bower’s Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell is on shelves now, and I’ve decided to spare you with the latest edition of “I Read It So You Don’t Have To.” Starting with Cowell’s upbringing in England and continuing through his rocky launch of the The X Factor in the United States, Bower paints a pretty detailed picture of how Simon Cowell became the (very rich) man he is today. Cowell started out working in the mailroom of a music company, and—like him or not—he’s one of the great media moguls of our day.

But Cowell is not an easy man to please, and it’s evident that he doesn’t want to see any of his competitors (he’s looking at you, Simon Fuller) succeed. “I despise it when somebody who isn’t working with me is successful on their own—it really upsets me. And I wish for their demise.” Way harsh, Tai!

Unless you count yourself a huge Simon Cowell fan, you can probably skip the book. Instead, read on for the highlights of Sweet Revenge, which include some ’90s pop gems and the admission that Simon uses black toilet paper!

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'Falling Skies': New Dark Horse digital comic shows aftermath of Tom's abduction -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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Last summer, conventional wisdom had it that Falling Skies, TNT’s ambitious post-apocalyptic thriller about a ramshackle group of survivors facing an alien invasion, was executive producer Steven Spielberg’s answer to The Walking Dead. Both series featured an ongoing dialogue about security versus civility, multi-episode arcs about searching for missing children, barns that hold sinister secrets, and chopper-riding badasses. Though Falling Skies proved decidedly more family friendly than the AMC gorefest, it hasn’t been without its own shocks, and nothing was more startling than that season-ending cliffhanger that saw Noah Wyle’s good-guy history prof-turned-freedom-fighter abducted and sent on a one-way trip to the mothership. It was like a chilling, mirror-universe version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Now, EW has your first glimpse of what’s going to happen next. Before season 2 debuts on June 17, Dark Horse is releasing a digital comic that shows what happened to the Second Mass, rendered in all sorts of heroic, primary-colored poses, after Tom phoned home. Apparently three months have now passed since his abduction. Check out an exclusive trailer from Dark Horse, after the break, to whet your appetite for all things E and T. READ FULL STORY

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