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Two out-of-print Nora Ephron titles to be published as a single volume

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Any existing physical copies of Nora Ephron’s Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media are probably well-worn, underlined, and doggy-eared by now. Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble have been out-of-print as solo volumes since 1991 and 1984, respectively. Vintage will be giving these two landmark books a fresh printing as a single volume come Oct. 16. They will also be available in their entirety as e-books for the first time on that date.

Crazy Salad, originally published in 1975, contains Ephron’s famous, oft-quoted essay “A Few Words About Breasts.”

After Ephron died in June, did you go looking for her backlist only to have trouble finding these two titles?

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A critic’s appreciation: Nora Ephron’s words are worth a thousand pictures
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See the irreverent trailer for Jenny McCarthy's memoir 'Bad Habits' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The road from God-fearing Catholic schoolgirl to Playmate of the Year is always a complicated one, but it can also be quite funny. Jenny McCarthy has already written six best-selling books, but she’s never delved so deeply into her ultra-religious upbringing as she does in Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic (Oct. 2). Growing up, the former Playboy mainstay dreamed of becoming a nun rather than an actress/model, and the book chronicles the many twists along the way that took her life in a very different direction.

Check out the irreverent trailer for Bad Habits, which follows McCarthy as she attends a reading group for nuns. It looks to me like a preview for an actual reality show on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler writing a book called '50 Shades of Chartreuse'

Aside from drunken exploits and her crazy family, late-night host Chelsea Handler’s favorite topic to write about is sex, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the title of her next book — 50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It’s Personal — spoofs E L James’ erotica phenomenon. Chartreuse will be released Oct. 2013 under Handler’s own A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing imprint of Grand Central Publishing. While the title seems to promise the new book will have the same raunchy, sarcastic tone as her first three essay collections, its tagline — which it shares with Jaws: The Revenge — might suggest this tome might be a little more serious. Handler has been expressing recently that she wants to take her E! series Chelsea Lately in a slightly weightier direction. In a statement, a rep for Grand Central Publishing said, “The new book is groundbreaking. Bigger stories, smaller type.”

Are you looking forward to 50 Shades of Chartreuse?

Read more:
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Barnes & Noble finds its inner goddess with 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Haters, say what you will about Fifty Shades of Grey, but it just may be responsible for saving one of the largest bookstore chains out there.

Barnes & Noble Inc. reported a smaller than anticipated loss for its fiscal first quarter, and it seems that may be due at least in part to the phenomenal sales of E L James’s erotic series.

Barnes & Noble’s net loss numbered $41 million last quarter. This may sound bad, but if we compare it to the same quarter in 2011 (when the company reported a loss of 56.6 million) it’s actually an improvement. Furthermore, Barnes & Noble saw its total revenue rise 2.5% to $1.5 billion. READ FULL STORY

Poll: What book has the weirdest title?

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Each year, the U.K. publishing magazine The Bookseller and the Diagram Group open a vote to the British public to decide which author should win the coveted prize of weirdest book title of the year. The 2011 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year went to Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong. The title might sound unsavory in English, but “Poo” is the Thai word for crab, and it’s also chef and author Diwong’s nickname. Strangely enough, another similarly titled book, Cooking with Pooh as in Disney’s Winnie, existed before Diwong’s culinary guide. (Clearly the potty humor wasn’t lost on the Amazon customer reviewers.)

Just for fun, vote for our own favorite bad/weird title out of the 10 finalists below! Or tell us about some of your other weird titles in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Rachel Dratch talks her new memoir, '30 Rock,' Amy Poehler, and her new pilot

The number-one question that Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch gets is some variation of, “Why aren’t you on 30 Rock?” After her SNL stint ended, Dratch’s friend Tina Fey offered her the role of Jenna on 30 Rock — until the powers that be decided to de-emphasize sketch comedy on the show and replaced her with Jane Krakowski. In her funny new memoir Girl Walks Into a Bar, Dratch dishes on everything you wanted to know about the highs and lows of her comedy career — for a time, she was only offered parts playing “Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians… I am solely offered the parts which I like to refer to as “The Unf—ables.” But she also focuses on personal stories, like her misadventures in dating and her unexpected pregnancy at age 43. Read on for more Dratch! READ FULL STORY

Kristen Johnston talks about her drug addiction, her life-threatening illness, her recovery, and her new memoir, 'Guts.'

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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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Stephen Colbert to release a children's book about a pole

Stephen Colbert previewed his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) during his hilarious Colbert Report interview with Maurice Sendak last month. The wonderfully blunt Sendak, author of the kids’ classic Where the Wild Things Are, called Colbert’s pseudo attempt at writing for young people “terribly ordinary” but also added, “The sad thing is, I like it.”

Earlier today, Grand Central Publishing officially announced the May 8 release of I Am a Pole, which follows a flag pole on his search for his life’s purpose. Is there hidden symbolism there? Probably not, as it’s meant to be Colbert’s send-up of a children’s book hastily written by a famous person. In a statement, Colbert said, “I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”

In October, Grand Central will also be releasing Colbert’s next book for adults, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.

Colbert returned to his Comedy Central series this week after a short hiatus to take care of his ailing mother.

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Composite sketches of famous literary characters

If Law & Order: Literary Crimes existed — and hey, it doesn’t seem that far off — it might star some of the faces found on The Composites, a blog by Brian Joseph Davis. Using descriptions found in novels, Davis utilized law enforcement composite sketch software to render the faces of literary figures like Judge Holden from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Aomame from Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, and Edward Rochester (pictured left) from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Some of the mugs, like Keith Talent’s from London Fields by Martin Amis, look appropriately creepy, and the sketch of Humbert Humbert from Lolita is especially interesting, as it’s based on character description that’s inherently unreliable.

Are these accurate depictions of your favorite literary characters? Who else do you want to see get the police sketch treatment?

See the trailer for 'The Hunger Pains,' the Harvard Lampoon's 'Hunger Games' parody -- EXCLUSIVE

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Is there endless comedic potential in a dystopian novel about children who are forced to kill each other on national television? Of course there is, and the smartasses at the Harvard Lampoon have written what they promise to be a “scene-for-scene parody” of Suzanne Collins’ mega-best-selling YA novel The Hunger Games. The Hunger Pains (Feb. 7) follows the inept heroine Kantkiss (Katpiss?) Neverclean, a young girl living in the telemarketing district of Peaceland, who is forced to compete in the violent annual Hunger Games.

EW has obtained the satirical trailer for the movie spoof based on the parody of the book (one more level of irony and the world really will end), and it features celebrity cameos, impressive production values, and an incredible Effie Trinket doppelganger (Katie Amanda Keane as Effu Poorpeople). Watch below! READ FULL STORY

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