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B.J. Novak signs two-book deal for Woody Allen-esque stories

Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.

Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”

Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.

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B.J. Novak on his ‘Mindy Project’ arc, being BFF with Mindy Kaling, and returning to ‘The Office’
Mindy Kaling is writing a second book about her ‘rollercoaster-y’ year
Yes, finally! Amy Poehler has a book deal

Margaret Thatcher biography to be released after her funeral

Margaret Thatcher made sure her legacy would live on.

Before her passing, the former British prime minister approved a biography to be released after her death. NPR reports that the biography, titled Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning, was written by Charles Moore and published by Allen Lane.

Allen Lane released a statement saying, “The biography was commissioned in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Baroness Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Baroness Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively.”

Thatcher’s biography will be released immediately following Thatcher’s funeral, which will take place next week.

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Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! — EXCLUSIVE
Watch the trailer for Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Seige and Storm’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

'Glee' star Chris Colfer reveals title, date, and cover of second 'Land of Stories' book -- EXCLUSIVE

Chris Colfer is used to being No. 1 on the iTunes chart as part of the Glee cast, and he shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his first novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. EW has learned exclusively that Book 2 will be called The Enchantress Returns, coming to you Aug. 6, and will feature the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty, who is back with a vengeance.

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.

Take the first peek at the very cool cover art by Brandon Dorman below! READ FULL STORY

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner lands book deal with Crown Publishers

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Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has scored a book deal with Random House imprint Crown Publishers.

Geithner’s memoir, which is slated for 2014, will provide a “behind-the-scenes” look at the financial crisis, specifically offering a “play book” for future policy makers to draw on, as well as helping the public to understand how and why governments act in crisis.

“In telling this inside story, Secretary Geithner will chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them,” Crown Publishers said in a press release. READ FULL STORY

Gwyneth Paltrow's new gluten-free, sugar-free cookbook brings out the knives

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great hasn’t even been published yet and it’s already getting heat.

The story goes like this: One day, Paltrow felt faint and feared she was “having a stroke.” The incident (which was actually just a panic attack) inspired her to give her diet an overhaul. She cut out coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish, wheat, meat, and soy, as well as processed foods. Since this left her with few options for creative meals for her family (yes, Chris Martin and poor Apple and Moses also subsist on this diet), Paltrow joined forces with food writer Julia Turshen and compiled a gluten-free, sugar-free collection of 185 recipes that the actress guarantees are “not like a punishment.” READ FULL STORY

'Girls' guest star Bob Balaban really has written a best-selling series of books about a bionic dog. No, really...

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One of the best jokes on last night’s Girls involved Hannah’s therapist, played by guest star Bob Balaban, mentioning he had written a bestselling series of children’s books about a bionic dog.

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Joe Manganiello announces fitness book deal

Joe Manganiello has a great body — and so can you!

Today, Gallery Books announced it will publish Manganiello’s fitness book (deep breath), Joe Manganiello’s Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted. Release is slated for January 2014.

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Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, others -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip. READ FULL STORY

Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir

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It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.

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Sachi Parker on being Shirley MacLaine's daughter in 'Lucky Me'. UPDATE: Shirley MacLaine responds

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Debra Winger had a famously tumultuous experience playing Shirley MacLaine’s daughter in Terms of Endearment (MacLaine didn’t enjoy the experience either), but imagine growing up with the Hollywood icon in real life. Sachi Parker, daughter of MacLaine and producer Steve Parker, writes about her atypical upbringing and the celebrated and idiosyncratic woman at the center of it in her new memoir Lucky Me: My Life with — and Without — My Mom, Shirley MacLaine (out Thursday). Here are some of the weirdest moments from the book. UPDATE: EW has received a statement from MacLaine in response to allegations from the memoir: “It’s a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I’m shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I’ve praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best.” READ FULL STORY

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