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'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor to write memoir

With Jason Segel’s love affair with the Muppets, and Neil Patrick Harris making the hosting rounds, it was only a matter of time before How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor got in on the extracurricular fun.

Radnor will be writing a memoir titled One Big Blissful Thing. According to the Amazon description, the book will be:

The story of one man’s unlikely spiritual awakening—this is Eat, Pray, Love for those who would rather be reading McSweeney’s. Josh Radnor grew up in Ohio. He was driven to school in a big yellow bus. He watched The Cosby Show and John Hughes movies. He also went on to become a successful actor in Hollywood. How then, in 2007, did he end up drinking an indigenous plant medicine called ayahuasca with a shaman in Brazil?

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Vinny Guadagnino of 'Jersey Shore' to 'Control the Crazy' in upcoming book -- EXCLUSIVE

In the most recent episode of Jersey Shore, the usually laid-back Vinny Guadagnino walked out of the shore house after a bout of anxiety. It was a sad night for MVP — or RVP? — fans, but Vinny’s decision to leave partially inspired his upcoming book, Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama and Maintain Your Inner Cool (April 17). Joining the ranks of published authors and cast mates Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, the book will be a “prescriptive memoir” that doles out advice on how to handle anxiety as well as behind-the-scenes stories from Guadagnino’s life. Read on for Vinny’s tips on how to get out of a funk, his explanation for why he left the house, and which of his Jersey Shore cast mates may need to read his book.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drove you to write Control the Crazy?
VINNY GUADAGNINO: I’ve been writing this book and putting this program together in my head for a while now. I’ve always wanted to help people that have been through the same thing I have or been through anything hard in their lives. It helps me when I help people. I’ve been putting it together for a long time, and making an outline and putting the small pieces together but then it wasn’t until I realized when I was going to have this moment when I left and everyone would actually see what I’m going through. Once it was put in the spotlight I said, “You know what? Now’s a great opportunity.” People get it, they’ll relate to it, and they know if they want to seek help or read a self-help book that they can relate to, then now’s the perfect time to let it out. READ FULL STORY

Elton John to publish memoir about AIDS

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Sir Elton John will publish his first book, Love Is the Cure, about his determination to stop the spread of AIDS. The book will include stories of his own encounters with individuals like Ryan White and Freddie Mercury who died of the disease. John wrote in a press release, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion.  Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer—and to help change—by writing this book.” Some proceeds from the book, slated for July 2012, will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Best of 2011: Top Memoirs and Biographies

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All week long, Shelf Life will be listing EW’s favorite books of 2011 — sorted into separate categories by genre. Click through the gallery to see our picks for the best memoirs and biographies of the year, starting, of course, with the lovely Tina Fey.

Tina Fey, Bossypants

From the EW review: “In this genially jumbled memoir-esque collection of riffs, essays, laundry lists, true stories, fantasy scenarios, SNL script excerpts, and embarrassing photos from the wilderness years before she received the gift of a flattering haircut, the great Miz Fey puts on the literary equivalent of a satisfying night of sketch comedy.”

Rob Lowe signs another book deal

Stories I Only Tell My Friends, the first book by Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe, spent 17 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and garnered strong reviews, even landing Lowe on GQ‘s “Favorite Authors of 2011″ roundup. Given the success of the first book, it’s no surprise that Simon & Schuster has acquired a followup from Lowe.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends fell purely into the memoir category, but the new book, titled Love Life, will “explore topics such as sex, marriage, money, work, fatherhood and sports, drawing upon Mr. Lowe’s own experiences and observations,” according to a press release. It’s notable that “sex” comes first in the list of topics for Lowe’s second book, considering that his memoir sidestepped any mention of his 1988 sex tape brouhaha or his 2008 nanny scandal.

Love Life is planned tentatively for 2013.

Are you looking forward to Lowe’s followup?

'My Week with Marilyn': How the book stacks up to the movie

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Marilyn Monroe was such a big star at her height that one young man’s brief encounters with her spawned not one but two memoirs, which in turn inspired a feature film that’s currently generating Oscar buzz. The two books by the late Colin Clark both document the author’s experiences at the age of 23 as the third assistant director — or really, as an errand boy — on the conflict-ridden, six-month-long shoot of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Monroe and Laurence Olivier. His first book about the shoot, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me (1995), consists of his day-to-day, fly-on-the-wall journals of his on-set observations. The second book, My Week With Marilyn (2000), takes a deeper look at a magical nine-day period (mentioned just briefly in the first book) in the middle of that six months in which Monroe lured Clark into a semi-romantic affair. While the two books — published only five years apart — take a markedly different stance on Monroe as a person and an actress, My Week With Marilyn the movie, as the title would suggest, adheres very closely to the book of the same name, although it draws some expository details from the first book as well. Weinstein Books, the publishing arm of the studio that produced the film, has released the two books in one volume for the first time. Whether you have or haven’t seen the movie, is the book worth reading? (Minor spoilers ahead). READ FULL STORY

Shelf Life Confessional: Which books have made you lose it in public?

During the weekends, New York City is a hectic, overcrowded, energetic place to be. Throw in some great fall weather and additional out-of-town marathoners and you’ve got one even more hectic, overcrowded, energetic place to be. During these sort of weekends, a quiet moment in this city is about as reasonable a thing to expect as finding an affordable apartment.

So don’t ask me why I opted to read Mindy Kaling’s quirky, sweet new book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in a busy, bustling park and assumed my giggle fits would go unnoticed. (They didn’t.) I knew I was in trouble when even the introduction made me laugh heartily in a public setting and I only continued to do so through her funny, relatable brand of storytelling. READ FULL STORY

Gabrielle Giffords in her new memoir: 'I will get stronger. I will return.'

When President George H.W. Bush came to visit her in the hospital, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords could say only “Wow!” and another word she had been uttering frequently at the time, “chicken.” Months later, when she was shown photos of famous people to see if she recognized faces, Giffords looked at Arnold Schwarzenegger and replied, more or less accurately: “Messin’ around. Babies.”

These and other details emerge in a new book written by Giffords and her husband that offers the most personal look yet at her slow, agonizing recovery after being shot in the head at point-blank range. The memoir, titled Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, describes Giffords’ efforts over the past 10 months to relearn how to walk and talk, and her painful discovery that six people were killed in the Jan. 8 attack outside a Tucson grocery store. READ FULL STORY

'Steve Jobs' biography sells 382,851 physical copies

Walter Isaacson’s 656-page biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs didn’t quite have customers lining up around the block like the latest iPhone did, but the tome, which has sold 382,851 physical copies to date according to BookScan, is a bona fide blockbuster in its own right. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, priced at $35, posted the biggest first-week sales of any book since Nov. 13 of last year, when Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth and George W. Bush’s Decision Points both sold more than 430,000 copies in the opening week.

Even though it’s been on sale for just six days, Isaacson’s biography is already the 18th biggest selling book of the year in the U.S. It outsold the No. 2 book of the week, John Grisham’s The Litigators three to one, and it outsold the No. 2 non-fiction book, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln, by almost eight to one. In the U.K., Steve Jobs became one of the fastest-selling books of all time by selling 37,000 copies in five days.

The BookScan figures don’t include digital sales, but it’s safe to say that they’d either match or likely top the physical sales, especially considering the subject of the book — many readers undoubtedly wanted to read it on their iPads. Further, Amazon reps hinted that Steve Jobs was on track to becoming its biggest seller of 2011.

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Kris Jenner shares details on her relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson in new memoir

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Kris Jenner can now add author to her resume. The famous “momager” releases her memoir, Kris Jenner…and all things Kardashian, today. It’s no secret that the Kardashian family and their respective empire holds the No. 1 place on my personal guilty pleasures list. I’ve read the books, watched the weddings, and even followed on Twitter. So I gladly headed up the task of reading Kris’ memoir so you don’t have to.

Even as a fan, I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining the book was. And I attribute that mostly to Kris’ take on the “Trial of the Century.” If you’re at all familiar with the Kardashian past, you know that their family was very close to both Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J. Simpson. So after Nicole was murdered, Kris’ family was split down the middle. Kris was (and is) convinced of O.J.’s guilt, and her ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, took part in the “dream team” of lawyers that defended O.J. during his murder trial. I’ve since decided, Kris’ book should have been titled, Kris Jenner…and all things Kardashian: The Nicole Brown Simpson Story. Chapters 3 through 10 focus a lot on her relationships with the Simpsons, the murder, and the subsequent trial. And Kardashian fan or not, anyone interested in that case would find the memoir interesting. The last few chapters pretty much summed up what I already learned from E! Network’s True Hollywood Story on the family, but the beginning of Kris’ life compounded with the many personal details of Nicole Brown Simpson kept me hooked. I read it so you don’t have to, but maybe, just maybe, you might want to.

So without further ado, here are the highlights from Kris Jenner, beginning with the juicy details surrounding her relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J. Simpson: READ FULL STORY

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