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Mindy Kaling: Her fashion blog is back! -- and it features a preview of her book

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Mindy Kaling is one of my heroes.

I spent many a class in college covertly checking my phone for updates to her unabashedly fun and light-hearted shopping blog, Things I Bought That I Love (TIBTIL) and would excitedly text my friends (yeah, I was pretty cool) when there was a new post.

Unfortunately, that blog has been stagnant since Black Tuesday — April 8, 2008 … until now. With the release of her book of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), out Nov. 1, Kaling has launched a brand-new brightly-colored website … with new TIBTIL updates! READ FULL STORY

Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' sells over a million copies, proving she can do no wrong

BOSSYPANTSWhether it’s showing up to the Emmys looking like this only five weeks after giving birth, or personifying the 90’s a bit too well, Tina Fey has proven she can do anything. It’s no surprise she went platinum — by selling more than a million copies of Bossypants, not by dyeing her hair to play younger roles — despite her book cover’s off-putting (or fascinating) hairy man-arms. Since its release back in April, the book of funny essays has claimed the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list for five weeks, and has appeared on the list for 23 consecutive weeks in total. On the most recent chart, it appears at number six. Next thing you know, she’ll be EGOTting. Or PEGOTing, in case this whole book writing thing continues to work out for her.

The reasons for the book’s ongoing popularity are pretty easy to see. READ FULL STORY

Comics legend Stephen R. Bissette talks about his new book, 'Teen Angels and New Mutants'

There aren’t many books which name check Batman, David Cassidy, Naomi Wolf, Arthur Rimbaud, Lindsay Lohan, and Justin Bieber. But then, there aren’t many books like Teen Angels & New Mutants. Penned by comics artist Stephen R. Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing) the 400 page-long tome is partly a history of the ways entertainment has exploited teenagers, both fictional and actual, and partly a critical analysis of the early ’90s comics series Brat Pack. Written and illustrated by Bissette’s friend Rick Veitch, the dystopian Brat Pack is, amongst other things, an indictment of the comic industry’s penchant for killing off superhero sidekicks, albeit one that itself systematically slays or otherwise persecutes its own cast of young costumed heroes.

EW spoke to Bissette about Teen Angels & New Mutants and his legendary collaboration with Alan Moore on Swamp Thing.

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Tina Fey's 'Bossypants': EW review

BOSSYPANTS

Tina Fey is allergic to bulls—. If she comes within five feet of a pile, the uncommonly sensible, reflexively funny comedy goddess in eyeglasses will gracefully sidestep the stuff. And all the while, she’ll make wise and hilarious observations about the stink, counting as friends those who smell it too. It’s Fey’s 
 custom-quality, handcrafted BS detector that makes Bossypants so irresistible.

In this genially jumbled memoir-esque collection of riffs, essays, laundry lists, true stories, fantasy scenarios, SNL script excerpts, and embarrassing photos from the wilderness years before she received the gift of a flattering haircut, the great Miz Fey puts on the literary equivalent of a satisfying night of sketch comedy. As a result, some of the bits are better than others. Many of the chapters link together as a more or less chronological account from the author’s girl-dork years in Upper Darby, Pa., to her days and long nights on SNL, to her creation of 30 Rock and Fey’s sitcom alter ego (and beacon of hope to working women), Liz Lemon. (There’s also stuff on her turn imitating that former governor from Alaska.)

But Fey remains notably selective about the information she shares; while making jokes at her own expense, she maintains an inviolable sense of privacy. It’s the more freewheeling, improvised chapters that capture Fey at her sharpest (and most influentially feminist). I love her list of beauty secrets. I’m grateful for her comparative charts on the experiences of being “very very skinny” and “a little 
 bit fat.” I plan to steal Fey’s imaginary response to a rude Internet commenter: “First let me say how inspiring it is that you have learned to use a computer.” Oh, and a note to those who would ask Fey, a working mother, “How do you juggle it all?”: Don’t ask! If she knew how to juggle it all, she wouldn’t be so funny. Or such an excellent Bossypants. Grade: A–

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Take a look at Mindy Kaling's new book cover for 'Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?'

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My excitement over Tina Fey’s Bossypants waned ever so slightly when I saw the bizarre, man-armed book cover, only to pick up with the release of two brilliantly funny excerpts in The New Yorker. Even though we haven’t read any chapters yet, the newly unveiled cover of Office writer Mindy Kaling’s book of humor essays Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And Other Concerns) seems to be more in line with what we know and love about the author. Leaning against some grandmotherly floral designs, Kaling evokes a wallflower, quite literally, awkwardly surviving and observing a junior high birthday party. Judging from her popular Twitter feed and the working title of her upcoming film The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, Kaling is becoming the sardonic yet sweet voice of the formerly insecure girl. I also love the new title (it used to be The Contents of My Purse)–it’s a question we ask ourselves constantly in adolescence, and, let’s face it, well into adulthood. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Mar. 18: Garrison Keillor to keep writing books, Bret Easton Ellis on Charlie Sheen, and more

The dusty-voiced radio host and author Garrison Keillor is planning to retire his Prairie Home Companion radio show spring of 2013, but as will come as relief to fans, he will not be putting away the pen (or whatever he uses to write — I like thinking he uses a manual typewriter). Currently, he’s writing a screenplay about Lake Wobegon, and next up is a Guy Noir mystery.

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On the Books Mar. 14: Tina Fey and Steve Martin's joint show, James Frey's controversial Messiah, and more

Tina Fey and Steve Martin are putting on a show together in Los Angeles April 19th to talk about their books. Unlike lower profile authors who often have to road-trip to near-empty bookstores to hock their tomes, Fey and Martin will be gracing the Nokia Theater stage for a paying audience (tickets are on sale for $29 to $119). Martin will be talking about his art world novel An Object of Beauty, and Fey will be promoting her highly anticipated Bossypants.

If he can survive a verbal beatdown from Oprah, he can survive anything: James Frey clearly isn’t afraid of controversy. His new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, centers on the second coming of Christ, only his Messiah is a pot-smoking, prostitute-soliciting alcoholic from the Bronx. Yikes–let the firestorm begin!

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Sloane Crosley has practically written a third book by now

Sloane-CrosleyImage Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty ImagesEver since I read her first insightful, funny collection of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, I haven’t been able to get enough of Sloane Crosley. In moments of boredom, I sometimes scour the Internet for mentions, profiles, or any interviews she’s given. I find her endlessly fascinating. Sloane has broad appeal, I’m sure, but to me, she’s like my nonexistent cool older sister’s even cooler best friend. She’s 32 now to my 25, and I look to her as an example of someone who’s made the transition from clueless upstart to real New York publishing power player in the most enviable fashion. Sloane’s absolutely gorgeous —  shiny hair, a great figure, and an ample posterior–but it’s clear from reading her work and hearing her speak that she’s gotten to where she is by being smart, hard-working, and really, really nice. But I love that she’s no Girl Scout, either. By her own admission in Cake, her early-twenty-something self seems to have been way flakier than I ever was or currently am, yet she managed to grow up and eventually have it all: She kicked serious ass at her day job as book publicist extraordinaire, wrote two best-selling essay collections in her spare time, and is now adapting her own work for an HBO pilot. Plus, she does well at fancy parties and seems to go out more nights than she doesn’t. Do I need to explain any more why she’s my hero? READ FULL STORY

On the Books Feb. 24th: Mark Zuckerberg the comic book hero, Katie Couric's advice, hip Kindle commercial, and more

zuckerberg-comicMark Zuckerberg got the Hollywood treatment with The Social Network, and now he’s getting a much more positive portrayal in comic book form. Since Hollywood has never met a comic book man of action it doesn’t love, I’m just waiting for another Zuckerberg movie–a reboot, if you will–this time based on the illustrated version.

Katie Couric is assembling a book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, to be released April 12th. Inspired by her well reserved graduation speech at Case Western University last May, she has collected over 114 essays from notable individuals, from Salman Rushdie to Chelsea Handler.

Celebrated comic book and animation writer Dwayne McDuffie died Monday of complications after undergoing emergency heart surgery. Among many others, McDuffie worked on Batman, Justice League, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man comics.

Taking a breather from her legal woes, The Help author Kathryn Stockett answered questions during a talkback session post-show at Driving Miss Daisy last night. She spoke about witnessing racism growing up in Mississippi in the 80’s, and she dropped few hints about the film version of her book, other than that she doesn’t have a cameo.

Cal Ripken Jr. can now add “novelist” to his resume with YA baseball book Hothead.

Sexy, hip new Kindle commercial takes jabs at the iPad and also the paperback, which is like kicking a dead horse while it’s down (see what I did there?).

Wilfrid Sheed, critic and novelist of great moral wit, has died

Wilfrid Sheed, one of the finest contemporary critics and novelists, has died. He was 80, and died of urosepsis, an infection.

Born in England and raised in America, Sheed possessed a style that was elegant and conversational; erudite and frequently funny. His work can be almost evenly divided between his life as a novelist and as a critic; one job informed the other. In his introduction to READ FULL STORY

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