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'Fatal Vision' author Joe McGinniss dies at age 71

Joe McGinniss wasn’t one to let a story tell itself.

Whether insisting on the guilt of a murder suspect after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin’s house for a most unauthorized biography, McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges with his subjects and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative.

McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in The Selling of the President 1968 and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster Fatal Vision, died Monday at age 71.

McGinniss, who announced last year that he had been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer, died from complications related to his disease. His attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan said he died at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. Optimistic almost to the end, he had for months posted regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, commenting on everything from foreign policy to his health.


Sarah Palin to write Christmas book

Sarah Palin has a new book coming, this time about Christmas.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor has a deal with HarperCollins for A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, scheduled for November. HarperCollins announced Monday that the book will criticize the “over-commercialism” and “homogenization” of Christmas and call for a renewed emphasis on the religious importance. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin writing diet and fitness book

Sarah Palin is writing a diet and fitness book. On Tuesday, the former vice-presidential candidate sent an e-mail to People, announcing: “Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!” READ FULL STORY

Publisher stands behind 'The Rogue' book on Sarah Palin

Juneau, Alaska — A publisher is standing behind a book about Sarah Palin, a day after Palin’s attorney threatened to sue over it. Crown Publishers spokesman Stuart Applebaum says the company is confident the reporting in Joe McGinniss’ book is “solid, reliable, and well-substantiated.” Applebaum says Crown stands behind McGinniss and the book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.

Palin attorney John Tiemessen, in a letter to Crown Publishing Group Monday, claims the book defames the Palins and contains “lies and rumors.” Tiemessen cited an email McGinniss reportedly sent a blogger in January seeking substantiation for several rumors that have surrounded Palin’s family. Andrew Breitbart posted that email online last week. Tiemessen says McGinniss’ book contains “most of” the stories that “amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals.”

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New Sarah Palin book by Joe McGinniss: What's been said so far


While EW’s official take on Joe McGinnis’ The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin is forthcoming, much of what’s been made public about the book has come from Doonesbury comics and the National Enquirer. Until you can read Rogue itself — it hits bookstores Sept. 20 — here are some of the book’s more salacious claims:

Levi Johnston's tell-all about 'life in Sarah Palin's crosshairs' will be published this fall

If it’s Monday, it must be time to announce the imminent release of another Sarah Palin tell-all. Touchstone revealed today that Levi Johnston, the Playgirl model/Wasilla mayoral wannabe best known for fathering Bristol Palin’s son Tripp, is writing a book about his experience with the Palin family. The publisher is describing Johnston’s tome —  Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs — as “a fascinating tale of a misunderstood boy figuring out how to be a man and a father after being thrust into the spotlight and subsequent media circus at a very young and vulnerable age.” All we know for sure is that the Lifetime movie adaptation of it is going to be fantastic.

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Sarah Palin tell-all to be released May 24
Former Sarah Palin adviser plans tell-all

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 Feb. 23: Spike Lee's new picture book, Sarah Palin's secret Facebook account, long-lost Jefferson letters, and more

spike-leeImage Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesFilmmaker Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee have written a picture book, Giant Steps to Change the World. The book centers on individuals who “made giant steps to make the world a better place/and left big shoes for you to fill.”

According to the leaked, unauthorized biography by a former Sarah Palin aide, Frank Bailey, Palin apparently has a secret Facebook account that is used to “Like” many of her daughter’s updates on the site, as well as those of Palin’s own profile. I’m sure there are way juicier revelations in the book, but I find this quite scandalous. That’s poor Facebook form.

Two researchers uncovered 69 books, some of which include handwritten notes, that belonged to Thomas Jefferson in the Washington University of St. Louis rare book collection. The search continues in the collection for even more volumes from the Founding Father. I smell a National Treasure sequel.

Book review wars between snippy authors aren’t uncommon, but apparently, writing a bad review in France can get you sued.

Book-shoppers around the country pay final respects to Borders stores before they shutter for good. Also, a roundup of commentary about Borders’ demise and what it means in the long-run.

Johnny Depp admits to being a “comic-book head” as a kid and names his favorite comic book characters.

If you guys out there think book clubs are a hobby firmly in the ladies’ domain–think Oprah, white wine, Kathryn Stockett–you’re wrong. You book-talking men may have compatriots … in the UK, at least.

Bristol Palin to possibly write memoir, publishing industry to possibly take a good, hard look at itself in the mirror

Bristol-PalinMemoirs aren’t just for people with an interesting story to tell, or for those who are old enough to have a degree of perspective on their life—no, that boat has already sailed. So I guess the fact that Bristol Palin is apparently set to write a memoir of her own shouldn’t necessarily make my brain implode in on itself like the house at the end of Poltergeist. Still, the recent creation of an Amazon page for Untitled Bristol Palin Memoir, to be published by William Morrow, does raise some questions. For example, “How much will she talk about Levi?” Or, “Can it possibly sell as well as her mother’s books?” And even, “Is continued existence worth it now that we know that something like this is possible?” Here’s hoping the memoir will answer these and many more burning queries when it comes out on June 21, the shockingly close release date mentioned on the Amazon listing. Until then, we should all just take it one day at a time.

New 'Archie' comic reveals Archie is pro-Obama, arch-enemy Reggie is a Sarah Palin fan

The new Archie Comics, released on Wednesday, finds the red-headed hero and his girlfriend Veronica talking environmental issues with President Obama. Meanwhile, Archie’s long-time rival, the rich-kid Reggie Mantle III, gets his picture taken with Sarah Palin. Both political alliances are used for Archie and Reggie to further their campaigns for student-body president.

In the final panel of Archie issue #616, Obama and Palin are each depicted as holding up different front pages of the Riverdale school newspaper, each of which implies that Obama and Palin have endorsed Archie and Reggie, respectively. Obama and Palin yell angrily, in unison, “Who’s responsible for this!?” READ FULL STORY

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