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'Hot Guys and Baby Animals': See studly/adorable photos!

Hot guys and baby animals are both great, but something magical happens when you put them together. This winning combination — why didn’t I think of it? — dreamed up by Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman, has already inspired a calendar, and now it’s becoming a worldwide brand. Treat your eyes to eight photos from the new book, available now, (a percentage of proceeds goes to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and tell us your favorite pairing! And help us answer the age-old question: What’s cuter, hot guys or baby animals? Click through to see photos: READ FULL STORY

'Awkward Family Pet Photos': See 10 pictures!

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If your pets are members of the family, shouldn’t they be embarrassed with the rest of you? Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the authors of the New York Times bestselling Awkward Family Photos, bring you Awkward Family Pet Photos (now available). In turns cute, hideous, funny, and always uncomfortable, these real portraits feature families and the pets they love — sometimes too much. That love for pets leads people to do odd things; throw a camera in the mix, and you have instant cringe-worthy memories. I suspect many of these photos were paid for and shot in the 80’s, and as we all know, professionally staged photos from the 80’s are the best kind, especially when they include surly animals. Check out these awkward photos and let us know your favorites! READ FULL STORY

'I Am Better Than Your Kids': Hilarious photos! -- EXCLUSIVE

Have you ever been forced to pretend that a kid’s bad art is a masterpiece? Super-manly blogger and “art” critic Maddox, lord of The Best Page in the Universe, has put together a compendium of children’s scribbles and his hilariously harsh critiques. The grades he gives these budding artists range from the shameful F– to the highest honor, F+ (although he hands A+’s to his own work, naturally). Maddox’s snarky takedowns of crayon drawings have been popular online for many years, but it’s even more hilarious to see them bound in a glossy, visually stimulating, occasionally eye-vomit-inducing coffee table book. I Am Better Than Your Kids is available in stores Nov. 1, but Maddox has shared a few pages and his comments for us to enjoy early. (Also, before anyone takes things too seriously, no children were scarred for life during the making of this book. Many of the featured child artists are now adults who fully realize they used to have no skills). READ FULL STORY

Spoof of the National Book Award snafu -- VIDEO

The National Book Awards nomination debacle — which began when the National Book Foundation mistakenly named Shine by Lauren Myracle as a contender for the young adult category instead of Chime by Franny Billingsley — is so ridiculous that it naturally invites parody. This video, animated in the text-to-voice style of the Xtranormal series of GEICO ads, spoofs the incident pretty much by recounting what actually happened. See the video below!

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'101 Uses for My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress': See photos!

These days, blogging well is the sweetest revenge. But Kevin Cotter, box-salesman-turned-author of the blog-to-book 101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress (out Oct. 25), doesn’t seem to have revenge on the mind. Sure, he’s photographed himself doing some awful things to his ex-wife’s wedding dress, but he keeps the tone of his book lighthearted, funny, and at times, insightful. Either way, his wife did tell him to do “whatever the f—” he wanted with the dress on the way out the door. Click through for some of Cotter’s ingenious uses — and disuses — for marital tulle. Tell us which ones are your favorites!

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Hot new calendar features male librarians for every month of the year

The male librarian is not as rare a specimen as you might think. In fact, there are enough of them to fill out every month of the year. With the 2012 Men of the Stacks, which is sort of the book world’s answer to sexy firemen calendars, we get photos of a diverse group of men — who also happen to be librarians — in their natural habitats, which isn’t always the library! My favorites are Mr. January (in a pose that’s very, very mildly NSFW), Mr. September, and Mr. December, who’s pictured on the right. Who’s your favorite sexy shusher?

Should comic books emulate the TV biz? Plus: More reviews of 'The New 52'

Pop culture in September. A month of beginnings and renewal. A time when a certain sector of entertainment expends much marketing energy to not just psyche up the public about its products but get them excited about the very medium that delivers those products. We’re talking TV, of course, and the “new fall season” that’s imminent. But this month, we’re talking about the comic book industry, too. Last week, DC Comics began rebooting its entire line of comics via an initiative called “The New 52.” Ongoing hits like Action Comics (home to Superman) and Detective Comics (abode to Batman) restarted with new creative approaches, storylines, and creative teams. Launching with them: A bevy of new series, many starring familiar characters, returning to prime time comics the way TV stars of the past return in new vehicles. (‘Tool Time’ Tim Allen/Last Man Standing = Construction worker Alec Holland/Swamp Thing. Grunt-grunt!)

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Dress made of crime novel covers hits the runway -- you be the judge!

Photo credit: Chip Miller

This looks like the result of an “unconventional” Project Runway challenge. Hard Case Crime is known for publishing pulpy novels with scantily clad or naked women on the covers. This summer, its books inspired an unusual combination of reading and public nudity. So it’s a little ironic that designer Hally McGehean used hundreds of Hard Case jacket designs to cover a woman up (albeit barely).

So Shelf Lifers, use your critical reading skills to fashion-police this unusual garment: best-seller or crime against fashion? What do you think of the weird girdle-type thing around the waist (clearly I’m not used to writing about style)? READ FULL STORY

Famous authors and ziplines: another reason to join Team Coco -- VIDEO

It’s always a joy to see celebrated authors doing undignified things. In an effort to bring the high-brow writers to late night — and even more unusually, to TBS — Conan O’Brien came up with a gag to make Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates, and Maya Angelou exciting to a young audience. I have to say, the choice in excerpts is brilliant, although they probably should have cast this guy for Maya Angelou’s voice. See video below: READ FULL STORY

TRAILER: Creepy new promo for 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'

Very rarely does something come along this spooky.

The Quirk Books trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (on sale June 7) could just as easily serve as the teaser trailer for a film, and indeed the novel has already sold its film rights to 20th Century Fox.

See the trailer after the jump …

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