Every year your parents ship you off to summer camp. You spend a few weeks battling the mosquitoes, swimming in the weedy lake, gorging on s’mores, and acting out bad skits for an audience of loopy counselors and bored campers. (Or maybe your camp experiences were awesome?) Well imagine a summer camp that lets you throw knives at the other kids? Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperille, Illinois landed on the genius idea to host a Divergent-themed summer camp this year, which in my mind means zip lines, trust falls off of abandoned buildings, jumping into moving trains, fighting personal demons in a virtual reality cube, you know, fun kid stuff. (Disclaimer: Anderson’s is not letting your kids do any of these things.)
Tag: Memoirs (11-20 of 188)
Jon Cryer is writing a memoir, and I hope he makes it a diary from the perspective of Duckie. I would snap that book up. Sounds like Cryer has the right attitude about it though: “In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It’ll be filled with just what you’d expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I’ll talk about Charlie Sheen.”
Calling all RHCP fans: Flea has penned a memoir! A publication date hasn’t been set, but sometime soon you will be able to peek inside the mind of the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who has probably seen more in his 51 years than anyone alive. Born Michael Balzary, Flea is originally from the suburbs of New York, but he moved to Los Angeles as a kid to live with his bohemian step-father. In high school he met Anthony Kiedis and the rest is history. He said that the memoir will cover his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA, founding the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years. Sounds like an epic.
I hope you’re all watching your back today because April Fool’s Day can be dangerous — especially for gullible types like me. Here’s an easy (but funny) one: Penguin announced a new imprint today called Penguin Now! In order to appeal to Millennials with their internet-speak and emojis and ADHD, Penguin will (fake) publish a series of classic novels replacing all full-stop periods with exclamation points! The publisher gleefully announed, “By using exclamation marks over and over again, the reader is reminded of the urgency of the story at the end of every sentence. It’s a great way of preventing potentially inattentive readers from tuning out, putting the book down and wandering off, without altering the original text too much.” My favorite example: Thomas Hardy (who is pretty much the anti-exclamation) gets an attitude adjustment in Jude the Obscure: “But no one came! Because no one ever does!” Or Albert Camus (another Sour Sally) in L’Etranger: “Mother died today! Or yesterday, I don’t know!” …kinda wish they would actually print some of these. [Penguin]
Not a joke – Jane Goodall has finally addressed accusations that she plagiarized passages of her book, Seeds of Hope, from various web sources. Jane is an amazing scientist and advocate who deserves a break on this at 79 years old. “I don’t think anybody who knows me would accuse me of deliberate plagiarism,” she says and I don’t know her, but I would bet that is true. She’s no Stephen Glass. Although I do think it’s a bit strange that she says her note-taking isn’t very methodical…isn’t that like rule number one for a scientist? [Mosaic]
Here’s an April Fool’s quiz for you. How well do you know your literary hoaxes and frauds? (Apparently I know very little…)
News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has announced that she is penning a memoir about her struggle with anxiety and alcoholism. The untitled project will be released by Grand Central Publishing in Spring 2016. Grand Central said that the 20/20 anchor’s memoir will be “a no-holds-barred account of growing up with crippling anxiety and of turning to alcohol for relief. She’ll divulge how she found herself living a dark double life and will share personal stories of her despair, her time in rehab, and, ultimately, her recovery process.” Vargas found solace in reading stories by other women who had battled alcoholism and she feels like it’s her turn to share. “I have spent my entire life telling other peoples’ stories,” she said. “This one is my own, and is incredibly personal: the burden and the loneliness of the secret drinker. If just one other person can relate to it, it will make my own story worth writing, and I will have paid the gift forward.” READ FULL STORY
Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, will be published in the U.S. on August 12th. The book has been out in Japan since last April and sold more than a million copies in its first week. The Guardian writes that the story “hinges around Tsukuru Tazaki, an isolated 36-year-old man struggling to overcome the trauma of rejection by his high-school friends years earlier. Like its title, the novel’s opening line might not sound like obvious best-seller material: ‘From July of his sophomore year at college to January next year, Tsukuru Tazaki was living while mostly thinking about dying.'”
Back in October 2013, ABC news correspondent Amy Robach, 40, discovered she had breast cancer after she underwent an on-air mammogram at the urging of her Good Morning America colleague Robin Roberts. In an as-yet-untitled memoir acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, Robach will chronicle her living with and treating her cancer while continuing her career at ABC News and raising a family with her husband Andrew Shue.
“This is completely unchartered territory for me. I have covered the tragedies and triumphs of others for nearly 20 years as a journalist, but never before have I faced such personal fear, humility and uncertainty,” said Robach in a press release. “I want to share this road that so many have traveled before, and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow. Nothing is the same, everything changes, but the fight to live joyfully has been ignited.”
Even if you only learned her name recently, you totally recognize Judy Greer. She was one of the best parts of Arrested Development, served as a trusty (or back-stabbing) best friend in popular rom-coms, showed us her dramatic side in The Descendants, and elevated many a network sitcom with her presence.
Now the onscreen best friend will make you feel like she’s your actual best friend in her upcoming book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star (out April 8, 2014). In the book, Greer will write about her trip to the Oscars, bad blind dates, Spanx, behind-the-scenes stories, and how she really feels about fans telling her she’s prettier in person.
“BUY MY BOOK! PLEASE!,” says Greer to EW. “I’m just kidding (not really). Seriously though, this book is all about my life, which is a lot like yours, especially if you’ve peed next to J. Lo.”
See the back cover, also exclusive, of the book below: READ FULL STORY
“What you have in your hands is a very big deal.”
The No. 1 anchorman and flautist in San “Di-ah-go” could soon become a No. 1 “book writer.” Fans of Ron Burgundy, of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fame, eagerly await the debut of his autobiography Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings on Nov. 19. You’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can delve into the history of this famed television journalist and his dog Baxter, but in the meantime, take a look at this preview to see Burgundy’s world-renowned humility on display: READ FULL STORY
Clarissa explained it all in the early ’90s on Nickelodeon. And thank goodness she did. Because it was Clarissa that put Melissa Joan Hart on the map. (Hey, cool!) And along with the other children of the ’90s, my life would not be the same without Clarissa or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (And I’m not overselling here. Those shows are synonymous with my formative years.) Anyway, the television staple—who currently stars on ABC Family’s Melissa and Joey—now has her own memoir, Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life (out Oct. 29). “I know everyone’s calling it a tell-all, and that sounds like it’s me telling secrets,” says Hart. “But really, it’s just me telling stories that I thought were funny or heartwarming about my life. It’s not written eloquently—it’s written in my voice. It’s very much a conversation with a friend.” Here, Hart answers some of our burning questions, and then later, read on for some of the books more interesting details. READ FULL STORY
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