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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?

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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

Oprah Winfrey sits down with 'Wild' author Cheryl Strayed -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, Oprah Winfrey resurrected her defunct Book Club specifically for Wild, a terrific memoir by Cheryl Strayed. In an in-depth, two-hour interview airing this Sunday at 11 a.m., Strayed will be discussing Wild and the events that led her to hike the harrowing Pacific Coast Trail alone at the age of 26.

While the book details her grueling physical journey on the trail, it’s really about loss — how the death of her mother emotionally gutted Strayed, and how she set out to mend the broken pieces of her life.

In the exclusive clip below, Strayed discusses the difficulty of writing about her mother without romanticizing her. Catch the full interview July 22 on OWN as part of “Super Soul Sunday.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Jenna Ushkowitz to write an inspirational memoir

Tina Cohen-Chang went from Glee‘s mousiest outcast to one of its sassiest, and now Jenna Ushkowitz — the 26-year-old actress who plays her — is penning a motivational memoir. Choosing Glee tells the story of Ushkowitz’s rise to TV musical prominence — from being adopted by a Long Island family at age 3, to starring in the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, and to becoming an integral part of New Directions — all while offering advice to her fans.

“People ask me, ‘How did you get here?’” Ushkowitz said in a statement. “Well, I learned how to fight for what I want. I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity. My goal is for you to walk away from this book looking at the world differently than when you started. It’s about how to have, do, and be anything you want.”

Choosing Glee is slated for Spring 2013.

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Nora Ephron's life in books: Read some of her best quotes

Nora Ephron, who died of acute myeloid leukemia last night at age 71, was perhaps best known for her films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia — but she began her career in words as an essayist, and remained one throughout her life. Her essay collections — and for that matter, her 1983 novel Heartburn about her messy divorce from journalist Carl Bernstein — were funny, sharp, relatable, and highly personal, and they became even more so in her later years. Click through for some of the most memorable zingers, observations, and bon mots from her ever-quotable books.

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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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