In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly there is a lengthy Q&A with actress Kristen Johnston in which she talks about how her addiction to Vicodin caused her stomach to explode, her subsequent recovery, and her new memoir, Guts. But the 3rd Rock from the Sun star had far more to say than we could fit in the pages of the magazine. Below, Johnston talks further about her travails, her time on 3rd Rock, and why James Frey is not completely “full of s—.”
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Sir Elton John will publish his first book, Love Is the Cure, about his determination to stop the spread of AIDS. The book will include stories of his own encounters with individuals like Ryan White and Freddie Mercury who died of the disease. John wrote in a press release, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer—and to help change—by writing this book.” Some proceeds from the book, slated for July 2012, will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Hedy Lamarr was a gorgeous and seductive screen siren of the 1930s and ’40s, but it turns out she wasn’t just another pretty face. In his new book, Hedy’s Folly, author Richard Rhodes reveals that Lamarr was a brilliant scientist who invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that allows your cell phone to operate. “Hedy invented as a hobby. Since she made two or three movies a year, each one taking a month to shoot, she had spare time to fill,” writes Rhodes. “She didn’t drink and she didn’t like to party, so she took up inventing … In Hollywood she set up an inventor’s corner in the drawing room of her house, complete with a drafting table and lamp and all the necessary drafting tools.” READ FULL STORY
Walter Isaacson’s 656-page biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs didn’t quite have customers lining up around the block like the latest iPhone did, but the tome, which has sold 382,851 physical copies to date according to BookScan, is a bona fide blockbuster in its own right. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, priced at $35, posted the biggest first-week sales of any book since Nov. 13 of last year, when Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth and George W. Bush’s Decision Points both sold more than 430,000 copies in the opening week.
Even though it’s been on sale for just six days, Isaacson’s biography is already the 18th biggest selling book of the year in the U.S. It outsold the No. 2 book of the week, John Grisham’s The Litigators three to one, and it outsold the No. 2 non-fiction book, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln, by almost eight to one. In the U.K., Steve Jobs became one of the fastest-selling books of all time by selling 37,000 copies in five days.
The BookScan figures don’t include digital sales, but it’s safe to say that they’d either match or likely top the physical sales, especially considering the subject of the book — many readers undoubtedly wanted to read it on their iPads. Further, Amazon reps hinted that Steve Jobs was on track to becoming its biggest seller of 2011.
While EW’s official take on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs is forthcoming, there’s been a lot of advance buzz out there about details from the book. We’re promised a good deal of unprecedented access to the late, famously closed-off Apple chief, as Jobs relinquished all editorial control to Isaacson and continued to speak to him after his resignation as Apple’s CEO and up until the weeks before his death. Until you can read Steve Jobs itself — it hits bookstores Oct. 24 — here are some of the book’s most talked-about leaked details.
• According to the New York Times, the book offers new details about Jobs’ struggle with pancreatic cancer. Upon his diagnosis with cancer in Oct. 2003, he delayed surgery to experiment with “exotic” treatments, including “fruit juices, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments,” much to the distress of friends, family, and medical professionals. Once he chose to pursue more traditional treatments, Jobs became “one of 20 people in the world to have all the genes of his cancer tumor and his normal DNA sequenced,” the price tag for which was $100,000.
• During a last-minute meeting at the San Francisco airport in 2010, Jobs warned President Obama that he was headed toward a one-term presidency and that he needed to be friendlier to businesses. READ FULL STORY
Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy Winehouse, has sold the rights to a book about his daughter to HarperCollins, according to The Bookseller. The book is called Amy, My Daughter and will be published in the summer of next year. Proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports charitable activities that offer support or care to young people. Amy Winehouse’s family set up the foundation following the death of the singer in July.
An authorized biography of Steve Jobs was high on best-seller lists within hours of Apple’s announcement of his death. And publisher Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the release date has been moved up from Nov. 21 to Oct. 24.
As of early Thursday morning, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs was No. 1 on Amazon.com and No. 3 on Barnes & Noble.com. Fittingly, the book also tops Apple’s own list: the iTunes books best-seller list.
Isaacson’s book includes extensive interviews with the Apple co-founder, who rarely discussed his private life. Isaacson has written best-selling biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
Jobs died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.
Juneau, Alaska — A publisher is standing behind a book about Sarah Palin, a day after Palin’s attorney threatened to sue over it. Crown Publishers spokesman Stuart Applebaum says the company is confident the reporting in Joe McGinniss’ book is “solid, reliable, and well-substantiated.” Applebaum says Crown stands behind McGinniss and the book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.
Palin attorney John Tiemessen, in a letter to Crown Publishing Group Monday, claims the book defames the Palins and contains “lies and rumors.” Tiemessen cited an email McGinniss reportedly sent a blogger in January seeking substantiation for several rumors that have surrounded Palin’s family. Andrew Breitbart posted that email online last week. Tiemessen says McGinniss’ book contains “most of” the stories that “amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals.”
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