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'Paddle Your Own Canoe': Nick Offerman talks manners, college life, and -- what else? -- manliness

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With his Pyramid of Greatness, woodworking prowess, and lust for bacon and eggs, Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation seems like the ultimate man: a carnivorous, all-American alpha male who can fashion rings in 20 minutes and escape all women named Tammy.

But Nick Offerman insists, despite his love of woodworking and iconic mustache, he’s nothing like his character — after all, he’s an artist who went to theater school and danced ballet, and even puts on makeup for work every day. In his new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, he not only explores his Paul Bunyan-like image with tongue-in-cheek lessons on manliness, complete with illustrations and advice, but also offers poignant memories of his childhood growing up in Illinois and hilarious anecdotes from his career.

The actor spoke to EW about his writing process, his favorite memories, and what it truly means to be manly. Hint: No punching involved — unless it’s something to do with Jamm. READ FULL STORY

Greg 'The Room' Sestero's 'Disaster Artist' memoir -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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What do you do when you’ve appeared in one of the worst films ever made? Why, write a book about it, of course!

Okay, so that’s not what usually happens. But there is very little which could be considered “usual” about the infamous, so-bad-it’s-amazing 2003 film The Room, one of whose stars, Greg Sestero (“Oh, hi Mark!”), has now penned a book called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Published by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 1 and cowritten with noted pop culture scribe Tom Bissell, the tome tracks Sestero’s involvement with The Room and his friendship with the film’s prime creative force-cum-onscreen love machine, the mercurial Tommy Wiseau.

Is it tearing you apart that you have to wait a couple of weeks before getting your hands on a copy? Then feel free to check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist below.
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Treat Yo Self: Aziz Ansari signs reported $3.5 million book deal

Ladies’ man Tom Haverford would approve of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari’s latest project, a book investigating the modern, tech-obsessed dating scene. To the actor and comedian, today’s singles face a new world of relationship humor and shame.

“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a press release. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”

With this first book, Ansari will offer his take on single life, as well as talk to experts and conduct relationship experiments of his own. Ansari inked the deal with The Penguin Press to publish his still untitled book, which is tentatively set for release in September 2015.

Drew Barrymore to release book of heart-shaped photography

Years ago, when Drew Barrymore was filming E.T., she discovered more than just a love of acting. The actress identifies that childhood experience as the start of her lifelong love affair with hearts, a passion she channeled into photography more than 10 years ago.

“I have always loved hearts,” Barrymore said in a press release. “The way that one continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing — it conveys love. Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old. Whenever and wherever I see the heart shape, a smile spreads across my face. The heart has an unbeatable romance when you discover one where you least expect it.”

And now, Barrymore is partnering with Little, Brown and Company and compiling all her heart-shaped photographs into a book titled Find It in Everything. The book is a collection of Barrymore’s photos, some of which feature captions written by the actress.

You can pre-order Find It in Everything, which hits shelves on Jan. 14, at Amazon now.

Check out the book’s cover below:
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Kelly Clarkson barred from taking Jane Austen's ring out of UK

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is caught up in a different type of bling-ring situation: The U.S.-born pop singer has been barred from removing a piece of Jane Austen’s jewelry from British soil.

One of three surviving pieces of jewelry belonging to the late author, the gold and turquoise ring was auctioned off last year and purchased for over £150,000 by Clarkson. But culture minister Ed Vaizey is not letting the Idol star walk away with the British gem so easily. He has instated a temporary export ban on the ring and hopes a British buyer will step up and purchase it. Why all the fuss over a small piece of jewelry? As it turns out, even though the esteemed English novelist turned out six major novels, she had few personal belongings. That’s why UK officials want to keep the ring in the country. “Jane Austen’s modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare,” Vaizey told The Guardian.

While she waits for a verdict on the ban, Clarkson might need back up plans for “something old” and “something blue,” with a fall wedding looming. The 31-year-old announced her engagement to talent manager Brandon Blackstock back in Dec. The couple plans to marry in October, and country artist Blake Shelton will officiate the ceremony.

Chris Colfer reveals 'Enchantress Returns' audio excerpt, tour dates -- EXCLUSIVE

Following the death of Glee cast member Cory Monteith, his co-stars have been paying respects and getting on with filming new episodes. Glee‘s Chris Colfer has delayed promotion on his second novel The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns after the tragedy, but is now gearing up to meet his fans across the country again.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

As the Evil Enchantress prepares to haunt the Bailey twins Alex and Conner again on Aug. 6, Colfer has revealed exclusively to EW his tour dates for the new book. Also scroll down to read/listen to a funny exclusive excerpt about the twins meeting Mother Goose! READ FULL STORY

Rainn Wilson to release 'memoir'

Known for his role as bears, beets, and Battlestar Galactica enthusiast Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson is ready to tell his own story. The former Office star has sold his memoir rights to Dutton, with a release scheduled for fall 2014.

In addition to his Emmy-nominated performance on the recently wrapped NBC comedy, Wilson is known for his work in indie films such as Super and Juno as well as his popular Twitter feed, which boasts over 3.6 million followers. He’s also the founder of philosophy site SoulPancake and author of a SoulPancake book.

Wilson, reluctant to call his book a “memoir,” remarked, “If I were in my eighties, had cured a disease and survived a war, I would be entitled to write a memoir. No. The guy who is best known for playing a paper salesman with a bad haircut, tweeting fart jokes and starting a quirky spirituality website does not merit a ‘memoir.’ For the time being, let’s call it a Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith and Comedy. And beets.”

Actress Lee Grant sells memoir about surviving the Hollywood blacklist -- EXCLUSIVE

Lee Grant, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in Shampoo with Warren Beatty and Voyage of the Damned with Faye Dunaway, will publish a memoir titled I Said Yes to Everything through Blue Rider Press. In it, she’ll write about training under Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham and becoming the Oscar-nominated star of Detective Story at 24 — only to have it all taken away when she was put on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s. After 12 years on the blacklist, she defied the odds and reclaimed her career.

Grant’s story moves from New York City’s theater scene  in the ’50s to Malibu’s social scene in the ’60s and ’70s, including parties at Brenda Vaccaro and Michael Douglas’ house. In the early ’80s, Grant transitioned from acting to directing. She is the only woman who has won an Academy Award for both Supporting Actress (for Shampoo) and Best Documentary Feature (for Down and Out in America, which she directed and narrated).

I Said Yes to Everything is slated for publication in Nov. 2014.

John McEnroe to serve up another memoir

Little, Brown and Company has acquired the English language rights for the release of a new memoir from John McEnroe. Former world champion tennis player and current television commentator, McEnroe is known for his prowess on the court as well as his larger-than-life personality. He ranked World No. 1 in singles tennis from 1981 to 1984. Now, he is a permanent fixture throughout US Open and Wimbledon analysis. The memoir will serve as McEnroe’s second memoir following You Cannot Be Serious, which hit shelves in 2002. READ FULL STORY

Move over, Grumpy Cat! 'Pig in a Wheelchair' lands three-book deal

Turns out being grumpy isn’t the only thing that people like to see when it comes to animals. YouTube sensation Chris P. Bacon, best known as “Pig in a Wheelchair,” is a baby pig with deformed back legs who uses a custom-made wheelchair to get around. With more than 1 million views on YouTube and special appearances on the likes of the Today Show and ABC Action News, Bacon’s story will soon be coming to a shelf near you. Len Lucero, Bacon’s caretaker and designer of the wheelchair, recently signed a three-book deal with Hay House to chronicle his journey with the adorable animal.

Could Bacon be the next animal to hit the big screen?

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