Bravo TV starlet Bethenny Frankel can now add fiction writer to her long list of credits. Skinnydipping, her fiction debut, hit shelves yesterday. The story follows Faith Brightstone, an aspiring actress, who packs her bags and moves to L.A. hoping to find fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend while she’s at it. But when things don’t go quite as planned, she moves to NYC. Five years later she ends up on a reality TV show for Sybil Hunter, a Martha Stewart-esque personality. (The reality program is clearly a nod to Frankel’s own time spent on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and it certainly isn’t the only similarity to Frankel’s life.) Here, the three-time best-selling author talks about her inspiration for the novel and explains the title.
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Ed Falco’s highly anticipated The Family Corleone, a prequel to The Godfather based on Mario Puzo’s unproduced screenplay, promises to tell the story of Vito Corleone’s climb to become one of the most powerful crooks in New York. But as you count down the minutes until May 8 — when the Mafia novel makes its way to bookstores — we have a wacky exclusive trailer that will remind you why we get obsessed with chronicles about “the family business.” Face it: We’re making you an offer you can’t refuse.
The trailer spoofs a notorious crime set-up. Two mobsters attempt to get a copy of the novel from the publisher pre-release. “What happens if I say no?” the man asks. Well, any Godfather fan worth their cannoli can predict what happens next. Everyone erupts into laughter and the makeshift hoodlums end up leaving with the book. Their “boss would consider it a favor to him personally.”
In case you were wondering, the thugs in the trailer aren’t actual characters in the novel. They’re just diehard Godfather fanboys eager to get their hands on the novel. Book trailer stars, they’re just like us!
Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
EW’s Sara Vilkomerson called Maggie Stiefvater “one of the finest YA novelists writing today,” and that’s a sentiment fans of the genre can get behind. Her best-selling and lyrically written Shiver trilogy won over teens and critics alike, and her latest book The Scorpio Races rightfully landed on the New York Times‘ list of five best young adult novels of 2011.
Her upcoming novel The Raven Boys (Sept. 18) kicks off a new series of four books. It seems to be an old-school young adult novel, full of mystery on an epic scale. Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III has family money, good looks, and tons of friends, but something’s missing from his life: He won’t stop searching for Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, who — legend has it — will grant one wish to the one who finds him. Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But now she’s not so sure.
Intrigued? Check out the first two chapters of The Raven Boys below! READ FULL STORY
Noir thriller giant James M. Cain is, of course, the man who brought us the twist-filled delights of Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce. Cain died 35 years ago but it turns out that the novelist still has one more surprise up his sleeve. This September, Titan books will publish a “lost final novel” by the author called The Cocktail Waitress. According to Titan, the book concerns a young, beautiful widow who “takes a job as a waitress in a cocktail lounge, where she meets two new men: a handsome young schemer she falls in love with, and a wealthy older man she marries.”
Mmm, sounds like classic Cain territory. Certainly the cover of The Cocktail Waitress gives off an appropriately noir-ish scent with its combination of alcohol, cigarettes, and, naturally, sex. You can take an exclusive look at that cover to the left and, in larger format, below.
Pour yourself a martini, check it out, and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY
This is no April Fools’ joke. On April 1, Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet announced as a prank that the next book by J.K. Rowling would be titled Lairs of Lady Po. Today, Little, Brown released the actual, less whimsical name — The Casual Vacancy — along with other key details.
Rowling’s new novel, which is geared toward adult readers, will be available worldwide on Sept. 27. It begins when the sudden death of a well-liked man rocks the “seemingly idyllic” town of Pagford, England. Beneath its pleasant facade, Pagford is actually a “town at war,” roiled by class conflicts — rich people at odds with the poor — and in-fighting within families. The publisher described the tone of the book as “darkly comic.” READ FULL STORY
The Hunger Games movie may not have had trouble earning a PG-13 rating, but many parents and educators are wondering whether the best-selling book trilogy belongs on library shelves. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual list of most frequently challenged books of 2011 yesterday, and the increased popularity of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian saga — in large part fueled by buzz surrounding the blockbuster film — drove the books higher on the list. In 2010, only the first novel cracked the top ten at number five. In 2011, all three books occupy the number three position, and the complaints have grown more varied: “anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.” READ FULL STORY
April Fools’! Yesterday, the merry pranksters at Mugglenet posted the news, which they claimed came from a press release from Little, Brown, J.K. Rowling’s new publisher. They also included an “official image” that depicted an old-timey typewriter holding a blood-splattered sheet of paper — it seemed to confirm rumors that Rowling’s next book would be a crime thriller. The alleged title, Lairs of Lady Po, has a bit of Rowling’s whimsy to it, but as many clever Ravenclaws have pointed out, it’s actually an anagram of “April Fools’ Day.” (Take out your parchment and try it for yourself! It’ll make you feel like Hermione). READ FULL STORY
'Star Wars: Scoundrels': New Timothy Zahn novel features Han, Chewie, and Lando -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
In the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing, one name stands out above the rest: Timothy Zahn. The author revolutionized that galaxy far, far away with his 1991 best-seller Heir to the Empire. In addition to creating now-indispensable characters like Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, he’s the one responsible for conjuring (and naming) that glittering galactic capital, Coruscant, which George Lucas decided to adopt for his Prequel Trilogy.
But while Zahn paved the way for Star Wars authors to explore the time line after Return of the Jedi, he’s been in an Original Trilogy mood of late. 2007′s Allegiance and 2011′s Choices of One both took place in the three-year period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and focused on the early adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca in the Rebel Alliance. Unlike most of the EU these days, Zahn’s tales haven’t been sprawling, multi-book arcs about yet another battle to save the galaxy. He’s remained committed to telling intimate, personal stories that tap into what made Star Wars resonate the world over: its characters.
Now Zahn’s ready to debut a book that fans have been dying to read: a heist novel starring Han, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian. EW can exclusively announce that Zahn’s latest yarn will be called Star Wars: Scoundrels and will hit bookstores on December 26, 2012, just in time for Boxing Day. Check out the cover and official description from Del Rey Books below: READ FULL STORY
By now you’ve probably heard the tale of the little erotic novel that could, Fifty Shades of Grey. Originally released last year, first-time fiction author E.L. James’s surprise bestseller has been quietly heating things up for months as word of mouth spread. The romance novel, which prominently features bondage, S&M, and assorted other deliciously debaucherous acts, has been gaining traction recently and headlines about the “cult hit” helped catapult it to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List this past weekend.
The Today Show even aired a segment wondering what it said about women and feminism today that we were devouring this bondage fantasy. But it is all about the fantasy. James originally wrote it as Twilight fan fiction, submitting it chapter-by-chapter online. Then Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House out of Australia snapped it up, breaking it into three books (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed).
If you don’t recognize that jacket, it’s no surprise. A majority of the more than 250,000 copies sold have been through eBooks, surreptitiously consumed by women everywhere (myself included). But now that Vintage Books (Random House) has signed Grey and the rest of the books in the trilogy, more hard copies will be readily available.
The cover they’ve chosen is pretty nondescript, but don’t let that stop you. I’m pretty glad I got to read all about recent college grad Anastasia and Christian, the insanely hot CEO who wants to make her his submissive via my Kindle app. The vivid descriptions of both the “vanilla sex” and the kind that includes things like whips and floggers was utterly engrossing and I didn’t need anyone on my train home to know what I was reading.
And yet still I bristle at the term “mommy porn” that’s being bandied about in reference to the Grey series. It conjures up too many images of bored, frustrated housewives. And I can tell you from my seriously unscientific sampling that the book has appeal across socioeconomic and racial barriers. For all that you could nitpick about the book –repetitious phrases, enough references to Anastasia’s Inner Goddess and her Subconcious to make them extra characters or the Twilight comparisons (insecure and innocent beauty who doesn’t know she’s attractive meets controlling older man with a magnetic personality) — the story is just plain fun. In the realm of guilty pleasures, it’s far from the worst thing you could read – and it doesn’t deserve all the condescension I’m seeing in the coverage of James’ rise to the top. Okay, now back to my Kindle.
The sales alone say I can’t be the only one who got sucked in! But what about you, Shelf Lifers? Have things gone all Grey for you?
See the cover and release date for Justin Cronin's 'The Twelve', sequel to 'The Passage' -- EW Exclusive!
The vicious, limb-tearing “virals” of Justin Cronin’s 2010 post-apocalyptic vampire epic The Passage have captivated readers, the publishing world, and Hollywood. A best-seller upon publication, The Passage, along with the two forthcoming books in the proposed trilogy, was optioned for film by Ridley Scott’s production company for $1.75 million.
The Twelve, Cronin’s follow-up to The Passage, will be hitting shelves and e-books on Oct. 16, we’ve learned exclusively. EW also acquired a brand new excerpt from The Twelve, which bloodthirsty fans can find in the issue hitting stands tomorrow.
In the meantime, take a look at the cover for The Twelve: READ FULL STORY
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