It’s Grammy weekend. It’s also the last weekend before Chinese New Year. Let’s start there. We clean before Chinese New Year. We get rid of the sh-t from the previous year to clear a path for the good luck of next year. According to my ma, the Squawking Chicken, and you should always Listen To The Squawking Chicken (which happens to be the name of my upcoming book, due out April 1 in Canada and April 22 in the US, click here to pre-order and, did I just do that? Did I just pimp my book and drop it into conversation for no reason like I’m talking about my pregnancy? Yes, yes I did), this weekend is a “lucky” weekend to clean. You should still clean on New Year’s Eve, which is Thursday, January 30, but doing it specifically this weekend might get you some bonus points too. Read Full Intro
Thanks for all your messages and recommendations re: the New Adult post from yesterday. Duana has one too:
Penelope by Rebecca Harrington.
This being Duana, please note it takes place at Harvard, of course, and it’s a satire which doesn’t exactly fit in with the over-earnestness of the genre. Because, as I mentioned yesterday, eye-rolling is a big part of reading New Adult. That’s why I try to avoid any New Adult that involves the male character being a “musician” or “rock star”. Because…REALLY!?!? Come on. Also, I refuse to read the supernatural ones. And I refuse to read the ones about a romance developing between a teacher and his student. Read Full Intro
But first… Have you read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Fangirl yet? Please do. I’m going to nag you about this until you do. And if we were in person together, I would withhold this list until you proved to me that you did. Thanks for your patience re: my New Adult book binge. Full Story
I have just entered the third and final trimester of my book pregnancy. And I had promised that I would treat it like a baby pregnancy – be super self-indulgent and talk about it all the time, every page edit was supposed to be a baby kick – so I’m throwing myself a gender reveal party.
Actually, a book cover reveal party. I get to have two because the Canadian cover and the US cover are different. Here’s the Canadian cover of my book, Listen To The Squawking Chicken to be released in Canada on April 1 and in the US on April 22. Unlike real mothers, I won’t be mad if you tell me my baby is ugly. I will also totally expect you to talk about my baby behind my back and judge me for how much book weight I’ve put on. So far around 10 lbs.
Someone yelled at me yesterday for disrespecting the People’s Choice Awards. Here’s why it’s hard to take the People’s Choice Awards seriously: Adam Sandler won for Favourite Comedic Movie Actor. I mean…
Sandler and Drew Barrymore have a new movie coming out, their 3rd together. Blended will be released in May, Memorial Day weekend. Which means they think it’ll draw the “family” crowd and hope it’s a big box office performer. Watch the trailer below. Now you know why I think that’s terrifying.
PCA coverage is coming. But there’s a lot of other (more interesting) business we have to get to too. Also many of you have been asking about my YA and romance binge-reading during the holidays. Will put a list together this weekend, if I can tear myself away from them. Read Full Intro
David Fincher, who directs the upcoming movie adaptation of Gone Girl, shot the new cover of Entertainment Weekly featuring his two stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. I love it. I f-cking love it. Right down to the perfect swirling curls of her hair laid out on the slab. The actors’ expressions are also excellent. Full Story
They’re close friends, Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow. G has been advising you what to put in your body for a while now, since the launch of GOOP. Chickpeas and water is what she’s recommending to start your year. Cameron Diaz has just released her first book The Body Book. Cam says she too indulged over the holidays: “We eat pork roast for Christmas, tacos the next day. Full Story
Cameron Diaz Instagrammed this photo of herself yesterday. She’s wearing (relatively) little makeup. She’s holding a copy of her book The Body Book. It goes on sale on New Year’s Eve. Here’s the description from the publisher: Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience. Full Story
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UK gossips are rumouring that Harry Styles has started up a situation with model Daisy Lowe, daughter of Gavin Rossdale and ex-girlfriend of Matt Smith. They went to a birthday party together, and any hot girl seen in his vicinity is, naturally, totally f-cking him. Since the two were both at the British Fashion Awards last night, that means it has to be true. Full Story
Principal photography on Fifty Shades Of Grey is now underway in Vancouver. Here’s Jamie Dornan in character as Christian Grey, who’s really just EL James’s reimagining of Robert Pattinson eating her out. So…how does Dornan look as Pattinson? Well, he looks really good. Better than the original. Full Story
I made meatloaf last night. For the first time ever. Seriously, it turned out amazing. Meatloaf always seemed so complicated. How does it all stay together, like bread?
The reason I made meatloaf is because a few weeks ago, someone sent me a copy of Jessica Seinfeld’s The Can’t Cook Book. I tried to be insulted but… please. I can’t cook, it’s true. There are several reasons. One: I suck at understanding how food works. Two: I grew up in a Chinese household. We don’t use the same sh-t that Westerners use. I don’t know the vocabulary. I had no idea what a colander was until last year, and I still don’t understand why you can’t just call it a strainer. Why do there have to be pots of so many sizes? Why are baking pans so goddamn complicated? Think of how confusing a Western kitchen might be to someone who grew up seeing that almost everything can just be done with a wok. Read Full Intro
We interviewed Amy Tan yesterday on The Social. I’ve been a fan a long, long time. Tan is currently promoting her new novel The Valley Of Amazement. It is once again a portrait of a mother-daughter relationship set in a courtesan community in Shanghai over a hundred years ago. So it’s a story about family, sex, and gossip. Obviously I’m all over it. Because the book is good (am currently about half way through) but also because Amy Tan is awesome.
She’s saucy. She’s cheeky. She’s hilarious. She’s super, super stylish. Did you see her in head to toe Issey Miyake, whaaaaaaaaaaat? Also, did you know she’s in a cover band called The Rock Bottom Remainders with other writers like Stephen King and Mitch Albom? They only play for charity. She’s the “lead rhythm dominatrix”. This KILLS me.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,
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