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A new life of Robert McCloskey: Make way for ducklings, blueberries, and Sal!

Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures (Seapoint Books) by Jane McCloskey is a gorgeously designed, enthralling new book. It’s a fitting tribute to McCloskey (1914-2003), author of some of the most beautiful and comforting children’s books ever, including Make Way For Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. These are kid classics, also enjoyed by adults since they were first published over a half-century ago; their acute depictions of  children’s mischievousness (and realistic animal behavior) are eternally contemporary. READ FULL STORY

Comics legend Stephen R. Bissette talks about his new book, 'Teen Angels and New Mutants'

There aren’t many books which name check Batman, David Cassidy, Naomi Wolf, Arthur Rimbaud, Lindsay Lohan, and Justin Bieber. But then, there aren’t many books like Teen Angels & New Mutants. Penned by comics artist Stephen R. Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing) the 400 page-long tome is partly a history of the ways entertainment has exploited teenagers, both fictional and actual, and partly a critical analysis of the early ’90s comics series Brat Pack. Written and illustrated by Bissette’s friend Rick Veitch, the dystopian Brat Pack is, amongst other things, an indictment of the comic industry’s penchant for killing off superhero sidekicks, albeit one that itself systematically slays or otherwise persecutes its own cast of young costumed heroes.

EW spoke to Bissette about Teen Angels & New Mutants and his legendary collaboration with Alan Moore on Swamp Thing.

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Royal wedding fever continues with 'William & Catherine: Their Story'

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It’s been two weeks since the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, and it looks like the fascination isn’t going anywhere. In  William & Catherine: Their Story (crashed into print and officially out May 17), Andrew Morton — author of the groundbreaking 1992 biography Diana: Her True Story, presents a photo-laden, gossip-studded history of the newlyweds that will satisfy royal fans hungry for more.  Oversized, with  printed endpapers, it has the feel of an expensive scrapbook.

The chapters focus mostly on William — his early years, adolescence and student life, including intimate details about life at the Palace, his parents’ messy separation and William’s role as Diana’s confidante during her struggle to find independence. The pictures follow his journey from shy youngster — look for an adorable picture of Wills and Harry playing on a vinatge fire engine — to the charming and handsome lad that the teen mags went gaga for.

There’s just one chapter devoted solely to Kate Catherine, but in it, Morton shares private details about her life, from a copy of her birth certificate to a story about how she and a boarding-school roommate mooned boys across the hall. (Let’s hope the Queen didn’t hear about that one.) There’s also a small section, which surely could’ve been more extensive considering the interest, on Catherine’s fashion.

The latter half of the book focuses on William and Catherine’s life together — their initial meeting, the ups and down of their relationships, the engagement proposal in Kenya, and finally, of course, the big day. Unlike the rest of the book, we don’t get too many extra details. Instead, it serves as a recap: Wills whispered, “You’re so beautiful,” once his bride made her way to the altar; they drove away in an Aston Martin; Prince Harry organized the raucous after-party; and so on. And we’ve seen the pictures before, too, perhaps too much, on the weekend of April 29. But seeing those images (the dress! the hats! Pippa!) in this compendium makes the somewhat saturated media hoopla feel special again.

Would you pick up a book on William and Catherine now? Are you still interested in all things royal?

Photo: St. Martins Press

Steven Tyler's 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?': EW Review

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It is a tad ironic that while CBS chased Charlie Sheen out of network town for his extracurricular shenanigans, Fox hired Steven Tyler as an American Idol judge in large part because of his bad-boy rep. Moreover, as this anecdote-packed memoir from the Aerosmith frontman reveals, not all of Tyler’s debaucherous days are distant memories.

Aerosmith’s 1997 autobiography Walk This Way ends with the once notoriously party-happy band transformed into poster boys for sobriety. This book concludes with Tyler securing the Idol gig last year, but the singer recalls how, less than 12 months before, he accidentally ruptured a package of his cocaine in the New York apartment of his (absent) daughter Liv. Drug addicts of a waste-not-want-not disposition — which is to say, all drug addicts — will be glad to know that Tyler “snorted it all up, off the counters and everywhere, and got a nice f—ing rail out of it.”

No, this book is most definitely not for young American Idol fans, and we haven’t even detailed Tyler’s many explicit ruminations on the subject of sex. Nor shall we. Suffice it to say, if young Idol fans did get hold of a copy, they might well deduce that the singer is a huge lover of cats, preferably shaved ones.

Even older readers may be left occasionally confused by Tyler’s shaky grasp of his own history. The singer says he snorted acid at Woodstock, and then wonders in the next sentence, “Can you snort acid?” He also opens the book with the claim that he was raised by foxes (and not of the metaphorical variety). Indeed, Tyler really does seem to have succeeded in mainlining the noisome contents of his noggin directly onto the page (with assistance from co-writer David Dalton). At one point the singer expresses his preference for a “f—ed–up” voice with a “ton of character.” While that may or may not prove useful to American Idol contestants, it is certainly a fair description of the authorial tone to be found here. B+

More on EW.com:
Steven Tyler talks drug use with Matt Lauer: ‘I needed that cocaine’


Pulitzer Prizes announced for 2011: Jennifer Egan's novel 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and Bruce Norris' play 'Clybourne Park' among winners

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Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, a sprawling story that pivots from the story of an indie record label owner to a wide network of loosely connected characters, has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Pulitzer board called the book “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.” Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges, about a Manhattan family, and Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered, about a North Korean refugee and an American GI, were the finalists. (Notably, Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed Freedom was not recognized; Franzen’s The Corrections was a Pulitzer finalist in 2002.)

Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris about racially divergent families moving into (and out of) a single suburban home in 1959 and 2009, won the prize for Drama, cited as a “powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.” Lisa D’Amour’s tragicomedy Detroit and John Guare’s historical comedy A Free Man of Color, were the finalists.

Here’s the full list of winners and finalists for the “Letters, Drama, and Music” categories:  READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin tell-all to be released May 24

Ex-Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey has gone rogue. An imprint of Simon & Schuester announced today that it will publish Bailey’s Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, a “chilling expose” about the author’s experience working for Palin during her tenure as governor of Alaska and her vice-presidential run, on May 24. Thriller writer Ken Morris and Alaskan muckraker Jeanne Devon also helped Bailey write the book, according to an Associated Press report.

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Former Sarah Palin adviser plans tell-all

On the Books Mar. 30: Man Booker Prize longlist announced, book suggesting Gandhi's bisexuality banned

The U.K.-based Man Booker International Prize released its longlist of 13 finalists for the 2011 award yesterday, but only 12 care to be considered; John Le Carré rejected the nod, offering up an explanation that amounts to little more than “I prefer not to.” Included on the list are three American authors–Anne Tyler, Philip Roth, and Marilynne Robinson–and for the first time, two Chinese writers, Wang Anyi and Su Tong. The award, worth $94,000, is given every other year based on an author’s entire body of work. The winner will be awarded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 18 and will be feted on June 28 in London. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Mar. 22: Exclusive info on 'The Gaggle,' new book deal for Elizabeth Kostova, and more

Jess Massa and Rebecca Wiegand are not only poster-girls for modern day dating, but also for 21st century book publishing. These best friends came up with a theory on “dating in the post-dating world” called “the Gaggle.” In a nutshell, the idea is that in a time when traditional dating relationships can’t be expected, women now have a group of guys in their lives who fulfill different romantic roles. Massa and Wiegand turned their idea into an interactive blog (wtfisupwithmylovelife.com), YouTube series, popular Twitter feed, and they even have a movie currently in development with New Line (screenwriters Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg are attached), which will most likely be reminiscent of recent rom-coms with large casts, such as He’s Just Not That into You and Valentine’s Day. With an already strong brand and film option behind them, Massa and Wiegand, with A-list literary agent Alex Glass, shopped their Gaggle idea for a book, with Massa as author and Wiegand as co-creator. Massa told me exclusively they made a “significant six-figure deal” after a hotly contested auction among six interested publishers, with editor Kerri Kolen at Simon & Schuster coming out on top. Slated for spring of 2012, Massa will pen the book, giving a whole picture of the current dating world and its changing values, and describing the types of guys a girl might find in her Gaggle. Also exclusive to the book will be a rundown of a guy’s Gaggle of girls. READ FULL STORY

Take a look at Mindy Kaling's new book cover for 'Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?'

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My excitement over Tina Fey’s Bossypants waned ever so slightly when I saw the bizarre, man-armed book cover, only to pick up with the release of two brilliantly funny excerpts in The New Yorker. Even though we haven’t read any chapters yet, the newly unveiled cover of Office writer Mindy Kaling’s book of humor essays Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And Other Concerns) seems to be more in line with what we know and love about the author. Leaning against some grandmotherly floral designs, Kaling evokes a wallflower, quite literally, awkwardly surviving and observing a junior high birthday party. Judging from her popular Twitter feed and the working title of her upcoming film The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, Kaling is becoming the sardonic yet sweet voice of the formerly insecure girl. I also love the new title (it used to be The Contents of My Purse)–it’s a question we ask ourselves constantly in adolescence, and, let’s face it, well into adulthood. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Mar. 17: Michelle Obama to write about White House vegetable garden

First lady Michelle Obama has signed on with Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, to pen a book about her garden on the South Lawn of the White House. To date, the garden has produced 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and folds into the first lady’s campaign to promote healthy eating, creating community, and supporting local foods. Obama explained to the AP her intentions behind the project: “So we wanted to share the story with the rest of the nation and perhaps with the rest of the world, because we get so many questions about the garden: How did we do it? Why did we do it? How do I do this in my own home or community?” READ FULL STORY

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