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Friday, June 6, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Box office experts are predicting that The Fault In Our Stars will be #1 this weekend, ahead of Tom Cruise’s Edge Of Tomorrow. People really loved that book. As previously noted, I did not love that book. I mean it was OK, it didn’t suck. But it didn’t affect me the way it affected so many other millions, or the way I was affected by Eleanor & Park.

Still, the success of The Fault In Our Stars illuminates a much more interesting new “phenomenon”: the Book Girls. And their influence is becoming increasingly more powerful.

Duana sent me an article about it yesterday at NPR  Read Full Intro

Friday, May 30, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

There was a tie at the Spelling Bee!

God I love the Spelling Bee.

If there’s anything that makes me hate people a little less, it’s the Spelling Bee. It’s these two kids going home every single day after school and studying the dictionary. It’s the look on their faces when they get it wrong. It’s the relief on their faces when they get it right. Once in a while though, when it’s a word they can definitely spell, that they definitely studied, you might see a cocky breeze pass through their eyes – just a quick moment, but that’s the hit that keeps us, them, coming back.

Nothing feels as good as knowing the answer.

I wonder why people forget that.

Yesterday on The Social, we interviewed Katty Kay, author of The Confidence Code: The Science And Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know.  Read Full Intro

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Yes Please.

That’s the title of Amy Poehler’s book to be released in October. And yesterday on The Today Show, they released the cover. You like it? It’s so…neon 80s. It’s a memoir with a tweak. It will be illustrated. It might be like a diary. It will address friendship, love, parenting, and more.

It WILL be funny.

There is no doubt.

And you’ll buy one for yourself and another for your best friend?

Message to all my friends: this is what I’m getting you for Halloween.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Reese’s Wild Oscar?

May 21, 2014 17:15:16 Posted at May 21, 2014 17:15:16
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Reese Witherspoon is currently shooting a movie with Sofia Vergara called Don’t Mess With Texas in Louisiana. She plays a cop, obviously, and Sofia is a felon, and they’re runnin’ from the law, from the law, I say, from the law! This won’t be the movie that takes Reese back to the Oscars. Full Story

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Friday, May 9, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

There was a moment last during my Q&A with Rainbow Rowell when Duana and I looked at each other and almost cried. An audience member asked Rainbow about the ending of Eleanor & Park and whether or not she’d always intended it to be that way. Rainbow confirmed that she knew from the very beginning that this was how it had to be. It had to be.

They were SO young. Too young. To receive something SO big, so important. And sometimes the right person comes along and helps you make it right but it’s still the wrong time to be with them. That’s the hard choice that a writer has to make. And sometimes I feel like it’s a choice that fewer and fewer of them have the balls to make.

Give the readers what they need, not what they want. 

Rainbow Rowell gets this.  Read Full Intro

Monday, April 28, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

What do you want to talk about today?

Want to talk about how I wish I had a dire wolf and would give up all gifts for the rest of my life in exchange for one? Probably not.

Or how about Selena Gomez and...Orlando Bloom? Not that either. 

Chris Martin speaking obliquely about consciously uncoupling from Gwyneth Paltrow? Maybe. But later.

George Clooney is engaged. This is the only headline in gossip, right? Ok. We'll get to that in first post, with some exclusive details.

But before that, California, I’m on my knees for you! The squawk and gossip session at Book Soup in LA on Friday night, in the gossip capital, was balls-out amazing. And then you sold out Book Passage in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon, the best way to end the first leg of the US book tour! Thank you, love you, owe you.  Read Full Intro

I'm a Page Turner

April 25, 2014 13:42:39 Posted at April 25, 2014 13:42:39
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I am an only child. My parents divorced when I was six years old. I wasn’t an outgoing person. I didn’t have a lot in common with the other kids at school, often being the only Chinese student in a classroom full of people whose parents also grew up in Canada or in other parts of the world where English is the first language. Full Story

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

I’m reading a book right now called Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days by Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard, and Tanner Colby. Whitfield and Beard were MJ’s bodyguards at the end. They were with him always. And the children too. And they saw everything.

This is not about the controversy. It’s not the salacious details about MJ’s life that make the story compelling. What’s compelling is the culture. The culture of protecting and indulging. The powerless observation. How contradictory, right? They are hired to look after him. To use brawn and aggression to take care of him against threats from the outside, when the greatest threat was happening inside. Celebrities are so afraid of what’s going on around them. They seem to never understand that what hurts them most is what’s killing them from within.  Read Full Intro

Even his forehead crease is attractive

April 9, 2014 21:08:46 Posted at April 9, 2014 21:08:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Rob Lowe is promoting a new book called Love Life. I can imagine. What are the stories that aren’t fit to print? Anyway, while promoting the book a few days ago, Rob talked about how his looks may have gotten in the way of his career. Like Mrs Timberlake and others before him, his beauty was, apparently, a burden. Full Story

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Laini Taylor’s Dreams Of Gods & Monsters was released today. I downloaded it to my iPad as soon as my alarm went off this morning and now it’s just sitting there, next to me on the desk, taunting, tempting: Blow off the whole day and read me, read me, read me.

This book is a seductive bitch.

Did you read the first two? We begin with Daughter Of Smoke & Bone, a solid start to building Taylor’s warring world between beasts and angels. Once she sets up her universe, she takes it to another gear in the second book, Days Of Blood & Starlight. Unlike Divergent which started strong but couldn’t keep up in the second and third books, Taylor seems to be generating momentum as she goes along. I’m excited to find out how she handles this conclusion.  Read Full Intro

Please, Please, Please…

April 3, 2014 15:30:37 Posted at April 3, 2014 15:30:37
Duana Posted by Duana

Dear Holly Bario, you smart executive who wisely gave the greenlight to Eleanor & Park… Sometimes I get mad at the concept of word of mouth.  It seems like such an egalitarian but inefficient system.  Like, why do I have to wait that long to find things out that might be awesome, that might have been improving my life all this time? This is how I feel about Rainbow Rowell’s books, and Eleanor & Park in particular. Full Story

My Book Baby & I are going on tour!

March 18, 2014 16:14:36 Posted at March 18, 2014 16:14:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Every day, I shoot a live talk show called The Social. But in two weeks, I’m giving birth to my book baby, Listen To The Squawking Chicken. My book baby has dual citizenship. Or you could say I’m having twins. My Canadian book baby will be born April 1 and my American book baby will come out on April 22. Full Story

The Fault In Our Stars first trailer

January 29, 2014 21:16:19 Posted at January 29, 2014 21:16:19
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The whole world loved that book. And, as I did last year when I first wrote about it after Shailene Woodley was cast as Hazel, I’m sorry, please forgive me. Because I wasn’t as obsessed with it as you were. Is that OK? I hope that’s OK. Full Story

New Adult Books and Phone Sex: Deeper by Robin York

January 28, 2014 21:59:23 Posted at January 28, 2014 21:59:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I wrote about New Adult last week. Click here for a refresher. After that I read another called Deeper by Robin York. The formula is intact –  as you can see by the squicky title – but there’s a lot less eyeroll happening in this story. Full Story