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'Real Housewife' Taylor Armstrong to write memoir about abuse

On the current season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — shot before the suicide of star Taylor Armstrong’s husband Russell in August of this year — much of the drama has come from the ladies trying to get Armstrong to be honest about whether she was suffering abuse in her marriage. These days, she’s much more forthcoming: Armstrong is releasing a memoir about her marriage, including addressing domestic violence issues, through Simon & Schuster, E! reports.

Scheduled for a Feb. 7 publication, the memoir is expected to reveal details of the Armstrongs’ marital problems and Taylor’s recent efforts as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. There have been no reports as to whether the proceeds will go to charity.

What’s your take on Armstrong’s upcoming book? Has she finally “found her voice,” as she says in the opening credits of the show, and using it for good? Or is this whole business flat-out sickening?

Which Faulkner novels and stories should HBO adapt?

Earlier this week, HBO re-upped its commitment to work with Deadwood creator David Milch for several more years; more specifically, Milch has the incredibly open-ended task of creating a series and original movies for the cable network based on any of the 19 novels and 125 short stories in William Faulkner’s estate. While Milch hasn’t yet decided on any titles to adapt, several authors have weighed in on the works they would or wouldn’t want to see on television. READ FULL STORY

George Harrison's sister is writing a book about him

If you count all the stars in the sky and all the grains of sand on every beach in the world, the total number will still not compare to the number of books that have been written about the Beatles. Still, if you’re a Beatles fan, there are reasons to be interested in the news that Louise Harrison will be writing a book about her brother George, a.k.a. “The Quiet Beatle,” a.k.a. “The More Famous English Traveling Wilbury.” Harrison tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the book — to be released in 2012 or 2013 — will include some never-before-seen photos, along with her own particular perspective on the band’s rise to fame. She was already living in America in the early ’60s, and claims to have told the Beatles’ manager to book the band on the Ed Sullivan Show; she also claims that the whole “Quiet Beatle” thing got started because George had a bad case of strep throat when they initially arrived in America. Which I’m pretty sure was revealed a couple hundred Beatles memoirs ago, but hey, still a good story.

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‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ doesn’t always penetrate the quiet Beatle
Photo Gallery: The Beatles: 15 Rare Photos

Kardashians' novel 'Dollhouse': I read it so you don't have to!

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The Kardashians are already a staple on E! Network. But they’ve chosen the month of November to assert their dominance on the book world. Earlier this month, “momager” Kris Jenner’s released her memoir. Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé’s first novel, Dollhouse, hits shelves today. And next week fans will be treated to the re-release of Kardashian Konfidential.

Dollhouse, the first fiction endeavor from the Kardashians, follows sisters Kamille, Kassidy, and Kyle Romero. And like all the other Kardashian books, I read it so you don’t have to! Here’s a short plot summary. Warning: spoilers ahead! READ FULL STORY

'Kardashian Konfidential' re-release: Maybe they shouldn't have added that chapter on Kim and Kris' wedding

Is it too late to recall the Kardashian Konfidential update? Since I have a final version in my hands, I’m assuming the answer is a resounding “yes.” But who on earth would have predicted that Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries would last only 72 days?! (Ed. note: Everyone.) Is nothing in this world sacred?

In September, EW exclusively revealed that Kardashian Konfidential would get a re-release (out Nov. 22) with a new chapter about their business success, along with never-before-seen photos of the now-infamous Kim/Kris nuptials. But now, Kim’s happily never after photo album is sadly out-of-place in lieu of her divorce news. Ooops!

I read through the 17 new pages of material to see if anything stood out as deliciously ironic. If you happened to watch E!’s wedding special, then there’s really nothing that new about fairy-tale event. But, as expected, there were a few gems. Here are the highlights: READ FULL STORY

Kris Jenner shares details on her relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson in new memoir

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Kris Jenner can now add author to her resume. The famous “momager” releases her memoir, Kris Jenner…and all things Kardashian, today. It’s no secret that the Kardashian family and their respective empire holds the No. 1 place on my personal guilty pleasures list. I’ve read the books, watched the weddings, and even followed on Twitter. So I gladly headed up the task of reading Kris’ memoir so you don’t have to.

Even as a fan, I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining the book was. And I attribute that mostly to Kris’ take on the “Trial of the Century.” If you’re at all familiar with the Kardashian past, you know that their family was very close to both Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J. Simpson. So after Nicole was murdered, Kris’ family was split down the middle. Kris was (and is) convinced of O.J.’s guilt, and her ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, took part in the “dream team” of lawyers that defended O.J. during his murder trial. I’ve since decided, Kris’ book should have been titled, Kris Jenner…and all things Kardashian: The Nicole Brown Simpson Story. Chapters 3 through 10 focus a lot on her relationships with the Simpsons, the murder, and the subsequent trial. And Kardashian fan or not, anyone interested in that case would find the memoir interesting. The last few chapters pretty much summed up what I already learned from E! Network’s True Hollywood Story on the family, but the beginning of Kris’ life compounded with the many personal details of Nicole Brown Simpson kept me hooked. I read it so you don’t have to, but maybe, just maybe, you might want to.

So without further ado, here are the highlights from Kris Jenner, beginning with the juicy details surrounding her relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J. Simpson: READ FULL STORY

Snooki's new book: I read it so you don't have to!

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi took advantage of her Jersey Shore fame by publishing a novel earlier this year. Now, she’s back on the book shelves again with her follow-up, Confessions of a Guidette. It’s part memoir/part guide on, you know, how to be your very own guidette. For example: Your hair should make you six inches taller…. (How do you think I get on roller coasters? That, and wedges.)” And my personal favorite, a guidette must own hoop earrings. “And they have to be big enough to fit a Red Bull through.” The more you know, people. I read Confessions of a Guidette so you don’t have to, and here are the friggin highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer': Cecily von Ziegesar on the gory reimagining of her original novel

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When editors approached author Cecily von Ziegesar to write a genre mash-up of her popular first Gossip Girl book, she immediately came up with some ground rules: “No zombies, no vampires.” Instead, she kept the characters human, but took the original text of Gossip Girl and added some murderous elements. Just as in the original novel, Serena comes back to the Upper East Side after spending time away at boarding school — only in this reboot, she has murder on the mind. The Serena we know would exact vengeance on her enemies by sleeping with their boyfriends or getting them in trouble at school. Psycho killer Serena just kills them in the bloodiest possible fashion. While there’s more in this week’s issue of EW, see below for von Ziegesar’s thoughts on Gossip Girl‘s strange new twist. Spoilers ahead! READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': First taste of 'Rise of The Governor' -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

You won’t be seeing The Governor on the upcoming season 2 of The Walking Dead, but there is one place you will encounter the infamous fan favorite this October — bookstores. October 11 will see the release of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, a novel penned by Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. The book gives the backstory of how The Governor became the ruthless and savage despot that terrorized Rick Grimes and Co. in the comic book on which AMC’s hit drama is based. This zombie prequel story will also be available in an audiobook format read by Fred Berman and released by Macmillan audio, and we’ve got your exclusive first taste of it right here. Click on the audio player below to get an advance sneak listen as Philip Blake enters a warehouse only to learn that he is not alone. (You know it’s going to be good when the first line is “The place is a dark as a crypt.”) Then hit the message boards and sound off on what other Walking Dead characters you’d like to see receive the backstory treatment. And for more Walking Dead news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

Special effects wizard Greg Nicotero gets his hands dirty (with brains!) in NSFW image from 'The Walking Dead Chronicles'

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You need brains to work on AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead. And special effects wizard Greg Nicotero is one of the folks responsible for making sure those brains get sprayed around in just the right way.

You can see Nicotero going about his grisly work in the photograph after the jump. The image is one of the never-before-seen shots from new book, The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book. The tome details the making of the show’s first season and also features set designs, storyboards, page-to-screen comparisons to the comics, an introduction by Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, and a foreword by now departed showrunner Frank Darabont (needless to say, it will be interesting to see how any second volume of the Chronicles deals with that departure).

The Walking Dead Chronicles is available to buy now, while the show itself returns to AMC on October 16.

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