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Ke$ha to publish illustrated memoir -- We want ghost sex!

Ke$ha has apparently taken the words of her latest hit “Die Young” to heart and decided to make the most of her life while she can — she’s announced plans to publish a memoir at the tender age of 25.

The illustrated memoir will feature the singer’s “thoughts and reflections” as well as a series of pictures ranging from her early years to her most recent tour. (Dang! I had hoped “illustrated” meant literally hand-drawn by Ke$ha.) READ FULL STORY

Will Schwalbe discusses his affecting new memoir 'The End of Your Life Book Club'

When Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, she didn’t want to slow down. A tireless advocate for refugees around the world, Mary Anne didn’t stop striving to build a library in Afghanistan — or continuing to discover new literature with her son Will. In his engrossing, deeply moving new memoir The End of Your Life Book Club (EW grade: A), Will Schwalbe writes about his mother’s last days through the prism of the things they read together. He took the time to talk to EW about his mother’s inspiring legacy and the transformative power of books.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your mother Mary Anne was clearly an exceptional person with very impressive accomplishments and passions — but in a way, I felt like she was every great mom, and you were like every child of a great mom who wanted to give her the tribute she deserved.
WILL SCHWALBE: There’s no reaction that could make me happier than that reaction. I’m very proud of my mother. But when she died, there was no obituary in the New York Times. She wasn’t famous. In fact, I don’t think her name was ever in the New York Times, and that’s true of most people’s moms. I like to think of her as an extraordinary, ordinary person. There are so many extraordinary, ordinary people across the country — people who are fantastic mothers and adore their children, and their children adore them, and do incredible things in their communities. I was in publishing for 21 years, and I saw a lot of really wonderful memoirs by people who had very difficult times with their mothers. In fact, it’s almost a kind of genre, yet there are a lot of people who have great mothers. In some ways, I feel like this is a celebration of moms. READ FULL STORY

Uggie the dog to publish a memoir

He may be retired, but that won’t keep him out of showbiz. Uggie, the wonder dog from The Artist, is publishing a memoir, People reports, which chronicles his rise to fame.

The “bark-all,” titled Uggie: My Story, will hit shelves on Oct. 16, with the Jack Russell terrier himself heading on tour that same week. That’s right, readers. You can meet Uggie in person! (Ladies, don’t get too excited, he’s got a girlfriend named Lily.) The book includes stories on his struggle with an eating disorder, “the Binge-Gate episode that led [him] to rehab,” and that time he “French”-ed Reese Witherspoon.

It’s not all fetch and games, however. Uggie has a request for us all: “I may be the first dog to win an Oscar and write a best-seller but my most important work is with animal rescue. Please adopt — and if you must buy, buy my book!”

Check out a trailer for the book below:

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Neil Patrick Harris announces memoir: 'My plan is to reprint Tina Fey's Bossypants'

Neil Patrick Harris has signed a deal to write a memoir.

Crown Archetype — of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group — has acquired the How I Met Your Mother star’s forthcoming book, which is expected to be published in spring 2014.

The book will chronicle Harris’ exciting life in a “nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir.”

“I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life,” Harris said of the news. “I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?” READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals how ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about his secret son in 'Total Recall'

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In the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming tell-all — which EW debuted exclusively last week — the Governator promised that his fans would learn the story we don’t know about him in Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. That tease brought to mind the scandal that was splashed all over the headlines and led to the end of his marriage last year.

Schwarzenegger comes through on that promise by delivering a detailed account (Via ABC News) of how his now ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about the secret lovechild he had with their married housekeeper Mildred Baena. On Jan. 4, 2011, the day after Schwarzenegger’s term as governor of California came to an end, Shriver arranged a couples counseling session in which the therapist asked him if he had fathered a child with Baena. According to the book, he immediately admitted to the infidelity and begged Shriver for forgiveness, calling her “the perfect wife.” READ FULL STORY

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

Watch the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's memoir 'Total Recall' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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No, we don’t mean the 1990 movie. Or the 2012 remake. This Total Recall is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming memoir — chronicling his rise from Austrian bodybuilder to action hero to governor of California — and we have an exclusive look!

After leaving the governor’s mansion in January 2011, Schwarzenegger announced his plans to return to movie-making. (He did always say he’d be back.) He kicked things off nice and slow with a cameo in last month’s The Expendables 2, but his real big-screen comeback starts with The Last Stand, out this January. Until then, however, Arnold fans have his new autobiography to tide them over. Check out the trailer, which is epic in the way only an Arnold Schwarzenegger book trailer could be: READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen stars as Penny Marshall in 'My Mother Was Nuts' book promo -- VIDEO

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Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall has enlisted the help of Saturday Night Live veteran Fred Armisen to promote her forthcoming memoir My Mother Was Nuts. In the video, Armisen dons a blonde wig and sits behind Marshall’s desk to shoot an ad for the book.

“It’s got some good stories in it,” he says of the memoir, then gestures at the middle of the screen. “The book’s coming out Sept. 18. Are we going to have a phone number here?”

A voice answers that a link will be provided. “A link to what?” Armisen asks. “Amazon? You got to go to the Amazon to get a book?”

Finally, Armisen gets a phone call from Marshall’s BFF Carrie Fisher.

“My best friend’s Carrie Fisher … I taught her how to wrestle, how to box, how to fight … She wants you to know she’s got a book coming out too. It’s a dictionary of some kind.”

Watch the full clip below: READ FULL STORY

Caroline Manzo of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' has a book deal

Books tend to be a huge source of drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. In the first season, a dinner party devolved into a shrieking, plate-shattering mess when Danielle Staub slid a copy of Cop without a Badge across the table. When Teresa Giudice made a few passive-aggressive jabs at some of her costars in her cookbook, friend turned against friend and sister turned against sister. Now tough-talking matriarch Caroline Manzo is getting in on the publishing game with Let Me Tell You Something, which will be released by HarperCollins Mar. 26, 2013 — and who knows whether it’ll stir up more drama if the ladies come back for future seasons. The title references Manzo’s most recognizable quote, uttered at the aforementioned table-flipping season one dinner party: “Let me tell you something about my family, we are as thick as thieves and we will protect each other until the end.” In the book, Manzo will impart advice on family, friendship, and happiness.

Will you let Caroline Manzo tell you something come Mar. 26?

Read more:
Andy Cohen: “I Wanted to Tell a Dream-Come-True Story”
‘Real Housewife’ Taylor Armstrong to write memoir about abuse
A book commits suicide every time you watch ‘Jersey Shore’: Do you read high-brow, watch low?
Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon wants to make you ‘Hot’

Cheryl Strayed talks 'Wild,' 'Tiny Beautiful Things,' Oprah, and 'Dear Sugar'

When Cheryl Strayed initially set out to write about the three-month hike on the unforgiving Pacific Coast Trail that she took at the age of 26, she expected it to be a long essay. It turned into a memoir, Wild, somewhat on accident, and now it’s an Oprah’s Book Club pick, sitting at No. 1 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Before Wild became a major best-seller, Strayed was an accomplished essayist and novelist (2006′s Torch), and she already had a large, passionate reader following in “Dear Sugar,” the terrific, at times brutally honest advice column she’s been writing for therumpus.net since March 2010. She wrote as Sugar anonymously until she outed herself in February of this year. Vintage has released Tiny Beautiful Things, a paperback collection of her advice columns, some of which haven’t been published before.

Very much in demand these days, Strayed has been traveling the country talking to fans of both her new books. She took a moment to talk about Oprah, Wild, and Tiny Beautiful Things. She also has some helpful advice to all the aspiring writers out there. READ FULL STORY

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