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A book commits suicide every time you watch 'Jersey Shore': Do you read high-brow, watch low?

What you need is a bookend! Random House, Inc. posted this funny picture and axiom on its Facebook page. If you look closely, you can see what appears to be To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and an unidentified book plunging to their deaths because they refuse to exist in a world in which Jersey Shore is being watched. The photo is obviously a joke, but I refuse to believe you can’t read smart books while enjoying trash reality TV. In fact, many of the smartest people I know do both — something about being capable of holding two opposing ideas in mind at the same time.

I read To The Lighthouse this year, and while I can’t say I found it wildly entertaining, I stuck with it and felt like a better person for having finished it. Then I binged on the first season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills READ FULL STORY

'Being Kendra': I read it so you don't have to!

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Quick poll: Does Ex-Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson writing, “I would always ask some of my black friends how they got their butts and thighs,” make you A). Uncomfortable  B). Bored or  C). Amused?

I’m going with a combination of A and B, but for those that say, “Kendra’s just being Kendra,” there is more where that inner monologue came from in Wilkinson’s new book, Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails & Getting My Sexy Back, out today.

Being Kendra is the follow up to the New York Times best-seller Sliding Into Home, in which Wilkinson discussed the path that led her to the Playboy mansion and beyond.

In the follow up, Wilkinson talks about life post-baby. READ FULL STORY

'Buffy Season 9' #1 review: A world without magic, but not without problems. Or parties!

Before we can really discuss the first issue in Buffy Season 9 — the second volume of Joss Whedon’s comic book continuance of his TV touchstone Buffy the Vampire Slayer past its 2003 series finale — we need to look back for a moment at the mammoth events of Buffy Season 8.

Back then, things in the Buffyverse were really complicated. There was that army of Slayers to corral, a mysterious Big Bad named Twilight to contend with, and a world that had discovered that vampires were real — and, even worse, everyone thought they were the coolest thing ever. (Sound familiar?) By the end of the 40-issue run, things became so convoluted — Buffy and Angel transformed into gods and had god-like über-sex, creating their very own universe that threatened to rip the fabric of our universe to shreds — that Buffy herself became rather lost amid the epic, magical derring do.

Whedon’s solution? No more magic. READ FULL STORY

Famous authors and ziplines: another reason to join Team Coco -- VIDEO

It’s always a joy to see celebrated authors doing undignified things. In an effort to bring the high-brow writers to late night — and even more unusually, to TBS — Conan O’Brien came up with a gag to make Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates, and Maya Angelou exciting to a young audience. I have to say, the choice in excerpts is brilliant, although they probably should have cast this guy for Maya Angelou’s voice. See video below: READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins wrote for 'Clarissa' -- what do Clarissa and Katniss have in common?

One’s a starving, militant rebel living in a post-apocalyptic world. The other is a fashion-forward teen thriving on a bright Orlando soundstage. What do they have in common? One clearly versatile writer: Suzanne Collins.

Ever since reading The Hunger Games, I’ve been intrigued by the fact that the same woman who wrote such a gritty, violent series also wrote for the fizzy, neon-colored sitcom Clarissa Explains It All (and also for The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, which I think is sort of underrated). Collins didn’t create Clarissa, but I’m sure she lived and breathed Clarissa while she worked for the show, just as she lived and breathed Katniss while writing the novels. We’ll learn about Collins’ journey from Clarissa to Katniss in the upcoming comic book about the author’s life, but for now, it’s fascinating to see ways in which the 90′s Nickelodeon heroine could have inspired the very different teen who made Collins famous. Okay, all of this is a huge stretch, and it’s easier to think of ways they almost-might-be similar but are completely different, but here goes: READ FULL STORY

On the Books Aug. 23: Neil Gaiman's HBO deal for 'American Gods,' Kathryn Stockett's legal battle centers on handwritten note

++ Novelist Neil Gaiman has nabbed a deal with HBO to adapt his most successful novel, American Gods, into series for HBO. Gaiman told a crowd at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that he plans to write the pilot, the finale, and perhaps some episodes in the middle. He joins Sloane Crosley, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Tom Perrotta in the slate of authors recently tapped by HBO to try their hand at writing for television. Echoing Salman Rushdie’s praise of cable television as a storytelling medium, Gaiman said, “I was doing a couple of screenplays, and was incredibly grumpy at the idea of doing 124-page stories with beginnings, middles, and ends and was determined that the novel should be formless and would have lots of ends, and several beginnings, and middles all over the place. So I actually like the idea that HBO are doing it.”

++ As in the best-selling novel and hit film The Help, words are proving unexpectedly powerful in author Kathryn Stockett’s real-life legal battle. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' book: Leslie Knope on Pawnee, 'The Greatest Town in America'

Pawnee, the Paris of America. Pawnee, the Akron of Southwest Indiana. Pawnee, the factory fire capital of America. Pawnee: Welcome, German soldiers. Pawnee: first in friendship, fourth in obesity.

As far as fictional realms go, Pawnee, Indiana, home to our friends at NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has become as mysterious and storied as Middle Earth. Now you can learn about the town’s checkered yet glorious past and events only hinted at in the series in a new book, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, told from the perspective of author Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler). READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Check out the cover art for the 'Rise of the Governor' novel -- Exclusive

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Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.

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Regis Philbin to release memoir this fall

It Books announced this morning that the outgoing star of Live! With Regis and Kelly will chronicle his illustrious showbiz career, which has spanned more than four decades, in a memoir due for release this fall. The currently untitled memoir will include stories about co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford, as well as celebrities Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, and Jerry Seinfeld. Philbin, 79, says the book will serve as a “personal thank-you” to his fans. Previously, he has written I’m Only One Man and Who Wants to Be Me?

Philbin announced his retirement from Live! back in January of this year.

Steven Tyler's 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?': EW Review

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It is a tad ironic that while CBS chased Charlie Sheen out of network town for his extracurricular shenanigans, Fox hired Steven Tyler as an American Idol judge in large part because of his bad-boy rep. Moreover, as this anecdote-packed memoir from the Aerosmith frontman reveals, not all of Tyler’s debaucherous days are distant memories.

Aerosmith’s 1997 autobiography Walk This Way ends with the once notoriously party-happy band transformed into poster boys for sobriety. This book concludes with Tyler securing the Idol gig last year, but the singer recalls how, less than 12 months before, he accidentally ruptured a package of his cocaine in the New York apartment of his (absent) daughter Liv. Drug addicts of a waste-not-want-not disposition — which is to say, all drug addicts — will be glad to know that Tyler “snorted it all up, off the counters and everywhere, and got a nice f—ing rail out of it.”

No, this book is most definitely not for young American Idol fans, and we haven’t even detailed Tyler’s many explicit ruminations on the subject of sex. Nor shall we. Suffice it to say, if young Idol fans did get hold of a copy, they might well deduce that the singer is a huge lover of cats, preferably shaved ones.

Even older readers may be left occasionally confused by Tyler’s shaky grasp of his own history. The singer says he snorted acid at Woodstock, and then wonders in the next sentence, “Can you snort acid?” He also opens the book with the claim that he was raised by foxes (and not of the metaphorical variety). Indeed, Tyler really does seem to have succeeded in mainlining the noisome contents of his noggin directly onto the page (with assistance from co-writer David Dalton). At one point the singer expresses his preference for a “f—ed–up” voice with a “ton of character.” While that may or may not prove useful to American Idol contestants, it is certainly a fair description of the authorial tone to be found here. B+

More on EW.com:
Steven Tyler talks drug use with Matt Lauer: ‘I needed that cocaine’


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