“I’m over the moon about the title of my next memoir Jeneration X. My friend Karyn Bosnak (author and screenwriter) came up with that one and it’s so perfect that I dedicated the book to her. My weight loss memoir was supposed to be Pretty Fat but far too late I found out that the dot com domain was a big girl fetish site. Um… no…Now before I decide on a name, I check domain registries.”—Jen Lancaster, in an interview with Claire Zulkey
PSB author Sam Sommers, professor of psychology at Tufts University and author of Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World, looks at how the where, when and who influence actions and attitudes. Listen to his interview on WNYC’s the Brian Lehrer show.
Originally the book was called A World Tour of the Future, but as I did my research, I came to realize that, rather than our future being terrible, it could be a renaissance. I’m not saying the future will be better, but I do believe we still have everything to play for—and everyone of good conscience should be in that game.
Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches (now in paperback) is this month’s “Pennie’s Pick” at Costco!
"One of the joys of this novel is reading about the otherwordly creatures operating freely in today’s world. (You may never look at the person next to you in the checkout lane the same way.) Equally compelling is the author’s obvious knowledge of history, which peppers the plot. I’ve little doubt that most readers will become as enchanted by this debut novel as I am."
David Owen chats with space mogul Richard Branson in this week’s New Yorker's “Talk of the Town.” Branson’s next adventure? The Deep Sea!
“I’m going down on one of the trips, to the Puerto Rico Trench, and it will take about seven hours, heading down in this dark abyss, not knowing what you’re going to find at the bottom. It will be full of Spanish galleons—I’ll just see all this gold scattered around.”
“Deborah Blum has done it again – written a fast-paced page-turner, full of action and intrigue, and with TONS of science in it. It reads like a detective novel.Oh wait. It is a detective novel.”—Scientific American loved Deborah Blum’s suspenseful science book, The Poisoner’s Handbook.
Another honor for Geraldine Brooks! Her novel Caleb’s Crossing is this year’s Reading Across Rhode Island selection. Approximately 25 libraries, 20 public and private high schools, and 60 book clubs across the state will read and discuss the book. We hope everyone loves it!
Feeling exhausted this holiday season? According to Marketwire, 55% of American women expect to spend between 1-5 hours per night on holiday-related tasks this month. Michael Breus, the “Sleep Doctor” and author of Beauty Sleep, offers some smart tips for getting some shut-eye. (Hint: steer clear of late-night egg nog.)
“The other day I posted on Time.com about seven books I’m looking forward to in 2012, and I didn’t mention [John] Green’s book, because I wasn’t looking forward to it. I’d heard his stuff was good, but I’d never read it myself, and because I’m a suspicious and distrusting person, I didn’t take its goodness on faith. Then I picked up The Fault in Our Stars. I am totally devastated by this book. I cried when I read it, and I never cry. You don’t want to throw around phrases like “instant classic,” but I can see this book sitting next to The Catcher in the Rye. It’s that good.”—Lev Grossman
John Lescroart is a busy guy. His 23rd book, The Hunter, is due out in January, but the writing life wasn’t always so easy for him. He wrote early in the morning or late at night, between other jobs, and wasn’t a full time writer until age 45. This profile in Publishers Weekly might inspire you to carve out some time to hone your craft, whatever it is.
Healthy living blogger (and Operation Beautiful author) Caitlin Boyle is going to be a mama! She’s chronicling her new adventure at Babble, a parenting website. Follow her posts for updates on how she’s staying active—and hunting for the cutest baby goods on the web.
We loved the fussy floral dresses that the Southern belles wore in The Help, the film based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel. In this interview with the Los Angeles Times, the film’s costume designer, Sharen Davis, talks about bringing the characters to life—and why Hilly dresses so differently than that other fictional fashion plate, Joan Holloway.
The Washington Post has named Jared Cohen one of the seven 2011 Top American Leaders. From writing books to helming Google Ideas, Jared’s already accomplished a lot of amazing things…and he’s not even 30 yet. And the Post isn’t the only publication that noticed—Foreign Policy magazine also included him on this year’s list of 100 Global Thinkers.
Exciting news for David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill! HBO has announced plans to create a film based on the couple’s book, A Rope and a Prayer, which chronicles the then-newlyweds’ struggle to cope with David’s 2008 kidnapping (he was held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for seven months). Congrats, you two!
Frank Bruni, former chief restaurant critic for The New York Times and author of Born Round, stops by the New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan branch tonight to interview Melissa Clark, author of NYT’s “Good Appetite” column. Find more information here.
'Tis the season to dock your brother in the head with a gravy boat. In this interview with Today.com, Jeffrey Kluger sheds some light on family dynamics and offers tips for surviving the holidays with siblings.
In a recent piece for SecondAct, happily single Jane Ganahl, who chronicled her lit and love adventures in her book Naked on the Page, describes an alternative to “spinsterhood”: co-housing. Does this Golden Girls-style roommate arrangement sound awesome, or awkward? You probably can’t convince Betty White to move in with you, but you can join the cohabitation conversation on Jezebel.