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'New York' Grub Street editor Alyssa Shelasky on 'Apron Anxiety' and the allure of dating a chef

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Grub Street editor Alyssa Shelasky is the ideal dinner partner. She’ll never bore you with a discussion of in-season ingredients or the best cuts of pork belly. She’d much rather talk about reality TV — “American Idol makes me hate humanity sometimes” — or about dating and sex. Her food philosophy is simple: “Food is what I eat when I’m hungry. I prefer it to be nice food and hopefully from a farm where good, healthy things are happening.”

I met Shelasky at Tertulia, a busy Spanish taverna in the West Village, for an early dinner to talk about Apron Anxiety, her new memoir based on her blog of the same name. It’s one of those recipes-sprinkled-through-the-narrative books, which could be grating if it weren’t so disarming and fun. Shelasky’s story begins with her upbringing in suburban Massachusetts and moves on to her booze-soaked 20s, during which she mingled with celebrities (including a pre-Giselle Tom Brady) while working as a New York-based reporter for US Weekly and People magazine. Her enviable lifestyle slowed down when she turned 30 and moved to Washington D.C. with her new celebrity chef boyfriend (referred to as “Chef” in the book, but you can figure out his real identity with a simple Google search). Her quieter life didn’t turn out to be the lovefest she was hoping for. Chef was working 16-hour days opening a new restaurant, and Shelasky struggled to find a place in his food-obsessed existence. Her usual joie de vivre and self-confidence faded, and this avowedly undomestic girl turned to cooking to fix her broken psyche. READ FULL STORY

The trailer and prologue for 'Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails' by 'Jarhead' author Anthony Swofford -- EXCLUSIVE

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The 2005 publication of Jarhead changed author and former sniper Anthony Swofford’s life. The Gulf War memoir became a best-seller and inspired a film adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Swofford’s follow-up memoir, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails (out June 5), examines his life after war and his complicated relationship with his family. He may have left the battlefield, but his story doesn’t get any less harrowing — Swofford recounts nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash. He also explores his difficult relationship with his father, a philandering, once hard-drinking, now terminally ill Vietnam veteran.

EW has the first look at the trailer and prologue of Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails. Check them out below: READ FULL STORY

Another way to get rich off Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's former assistant writes memoir

The founder of Facebook might “like” this: Katherine Losse, Facebook’s 51st employee, has written a memoir about her five-year stint at the social network. The book — titled The Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the Social Network — will be released June 26 by The Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

According to a release, Losse’s book will describe “the vision, culture, and tactics of the hackers, venture capitalists, and Ivy League grads” who took Facebook from campus curiosity to worldwide phenomenon. It will also “ignite broad cultural conversations about technology, gender, race, and the future of the Internet.” But will it involve time travel? Because that’s really what we look for in a Facebook book.

Losse served as a writer and researcher at the website — as well as Zuckerberg’s assistant — from 2005 to 2010, leaving on “friendly terms.” She’s currently living and writing in Marfa, Tx.

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'Fox Mole' sells a memoir about his time at Fox News

Joe Muto, dubbed the “Fox Mole” by the media, has sold a book about his eight-year stint working as a producer at the Fox News Channel to Dutton, an imprint of Penguin. Last month, he wrote anonymous and highly critical blog posts for Gawker about his time working for shows like The O’Reilly Factor before he was quickly found out and fired by his employers.

The publishers are no doubt hoping he saved up his best material. Muto, a self-proclaimed “weasel, a traitor, a sell-out,” received just $5,000 for his career-ending Gawker column; now he’s nabbed a reported low-six-figure advance for his upcoming book, tentatively titled An Atheist in the Foxhole. He may need a big portion of that if Fox News follows up on its threats to sue.

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Gregg Allman talks life behind the scenes in new memoir, 'My Cross to Bear' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Nearly two decades ago, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band headlined sold-out concerts across the country. Behind the scenes, he was tussling with unsuccessful marriages to six different women including Cher, substance abuse, and a battle with hepatitis C. The result: the stories chronicled in My Cross to Bear (out May 1).

In the revealing memoir, the musician opens up about his rocky past, including the defining moments after he discovered the death of his older brother in a motorcycle accident. Allman recounts what it was like to lose his brother in this exclusive clip from the enhanced version of the e-book: READ FULL STORY

Carole King talks about her memoir 'A Natural Woman' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Iconic singer-songwriter Carole King has written a memoir, A Natural Woman, that’s as rich and soulful as one of her hit songs. In it, she writes about her teenage years, during which she wrote her first chart-topper “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and takes the reader through her rise to celebrity and her four marriages, including her tumultuous creative and personal partnership with Gerry Goffin. Running through the entire narrative is King’s passionate love and deep knowledge of music, and given that King is an iconic singer-songwriter, the audiobook version, voiced by the author herself, might be the best way to experience her story — she takes frequent breaks from the narrative to break into a cappella renditions of her songs. Check out the clip below to see King sound off on the writing and narrating process. READ FULL STORY

Vanessa Williams shares dark past in new memoir

Vanessa Williams’ problems — a scuttled Miss America reign, a troubled marriage — have mostly played out in the tabloids. Until now. In her new memoir, You Have No Idea (out April 17), Williams reveals that a family friend sexually abused her when she was only 10 years old. Excerpts from the book appear in the current issue of People.

During a trip to California to visit family friends, Williams writes, the family’s 18-year-old daughter crept into the den where she was sleeping and pulled down her bloomers.“’What are you doing?’ I asked. ‘Don’t worry — it’ll feel good.’ I lay there paralyzed. What was going on? I didn’t speak. She kept at [the molestation] for I don’t know how long. She slid my bloomers back up and whispered: ‘Don’t tell anyone.’”

Williams did as she was told and kept it a secret for years. In fact, the Desperate Housewives actress says she didn’t understand what happened to her until many years later.

She tells People that she’s moved on. “I don’t dwell,” she said. Instead, she uses the tale as a learning experience for her children: Melanie, 24, Jillian, 22, Devin, 19, and Sasha, 11.

“I was verbal about it so they knew what to look for,” she said. “It was part of my journey that led me to them and to where I am today.”

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‘Portlandia’ star Carrie Brownstein to write music memoir
Kevin Smith talks about his memoir ‘Tough Sh*t’ and Liam Neeson’s nether regions
Rachel Dratch talks her new memoir, ’30 Rock,’ Amy Poehler, and her new pilot

'Portlandia' star Carrie Brownstein to write music memoir

Carrie Brownstein, co-creator and star of IFC’s hipster spoof Portlandia, is the latest celebrity to land a book deal. Brownstein will pen a memoir about her life in music for Riverhead Books, according to The New York Times.

Aside from her work on Portlandia (costarring SNL’s Fred Armisen), Brownstein is known for her part in Sleater-Kinney, an all-girl alt rock band from Olympia, Washington, of which she is a founding member. Her memoir will reportedly cover her experience in music, including her time in Sleater-Kinney and indie rock band Wild Flag.

Currently, the memoir has no set title or publication date.

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‘Portlandia’: Go back to the 1890s with Fred and Carrie — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO 

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

Socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss nabs book deal after controversial Vogue essay about her child's weight loss

Jennifer Lopez may have graced the cover of Vogue’s April Shape issue, but it’s an essay inside the magazine that’s generating the most chatter.

After writing a controversial piece about putting her seven-year-old daughter on a year-long diet, Manhattan socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss has nabbed a book deal with Random House’s Ballantine, according to MediaBistro.
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