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Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert
Grand Central • $27.99 • ISBN 9780446584975
on sale September 13, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has written more than 15 books, worked for the Chicago Sun Times since 1967 and been on television for 40 years. While his memoir Life Itself covers every major moment in Ebert's life, it is more than anything an example of why he has become such a preeminent cultural voice.
On the set of the show, between actually taping segments, we had a rule that there could be no discussion of the movies under review. So we attacked each other with one-liners. Buzz Hannan, our floor director, was our straight man, and the cameramen supplied our audience. For example:
Me: "Don't you think you went a little over the top in that last review?"
Gene: "Spoken like the gifted Haystacks Calhoun tribute artist that you are."
"Haystacks was loved by his fans as a charming country boy."
"Six hundred and forty pounds of rompin' stompin' charm. Oh, Rog? Are those two-tone suedes, or did you step in some chicken shit?"
"You can borrow them whenever you wear your white John Travolta disco suit from Saturday Night Fever."
Buzz: "Yeah, when are you gonna wear it on the show?"
"He wanted to wear it today, but it's still at the tailor shop having the crotch taken in."
Buzz: "Ba-ba-ba-boom !"
Will you be reading Ebert's memoir when it comes out in September?
Rachel Gibson's hockey series began with her first novel in 1998, Simply Irresistible, and immediately put her on the map as a NYT and USA Today best-seller.
Any Man of Mine is the final installment in the hockey series, and it tells the story of a Vegas vacation gone awry. Autumn and Sam were just in for a night of fun, but their tryst leaves Autumn hurt, pregnant and alone. Years later, Sam means to pick up where they left off and reforge the bonds created on that fateful night.
Here's a quick excerpt (you can read more here):
"There you are Cinderella."
She slapped her Cosmo closed and raised the brim of her straw hat. She looked way up into a pair of black Oakley's covering eyes she knew were a beautiful blue. He was even bigger and better looking in the sunlight. Today he wore a pair of gray Quicksilver board shorts and a white tank with large armholes around his massive shoulders.
"What are you reading?"
"Make-up tips." She tried to act cool as she shoved her Cosmo into her bag. Like she wasn't reading about penises and like outrageously good-looking men talked to her every day. "Have you been following me?" she asked the man she'd danced with at Pure.
He chuckled and sat on the chaise next to her. "Keeping my eyes open for you."
He dug in his back pocket then handed her the pink bead bracelet she'd worn the night before. "You lost this."
This was Vegas. Nothing was real in Vegas. Certainly not good looking men tracking her down to return a cheap bracelet. She opened her palm and he dropped it in her hand, the beads still warm from his body. "Thank you."
Any Man of Mine is already on shelves! Are you going to read this character-driven romance?
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Karina Cooper is the author of the Dark Mission trilogy, and the first two books are tough and super-steamy. As she says on her website, they're "Wild Turkey with a bullet in the bottom of the glass."
The first in the series, Blood of the Wicked, came out in May and was quickly followed by Lure of the Wicked in June. The third, All Things Wicked, is scheduled for January 2012.
The Dark Mission series is considered paranormal romance, but as Trisha says during the interview below, it's more like "post-apocalyptic romance." The books are set in a rebuilt city, 50 years after a worldwide disaster, in a society where witches are hunted and killed.
Find out more about the series in our interview with Cooper:
Are you excited about this new romance sub-genre?
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Happy Friday, everyone! Here are a few things we've been reading about this week:
The winner of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest was announced on Monday. Named for the author of "It was a dark and stormy night," the contest honors the worst possible opening sentence to an imaginary novel. The winner was University of Wisconsin professor Sue Fondrie:
Dave Eggers wrote a portrait on celebrated picture book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) for Vanity Fair. The feature celebrates Sendak's upcoming book, Bumble-ardy -- the first book he has both written and illustrated in 30 years. (We blogged about "a pig who longs to party" back in March.)
The article reads almost like a good-natured argument between Eggers and Sendak over just how fantastic and iconic Sendak's work is. Read the portrait here.
The Book Lady's blog featured a guest post by Augusten Burroughs' mother, Margaret Robison, where she talks about how and why she penned The Long Journey Home. After her sons' best-selling memoirs depicted her as more than a little insane, she shared her own perspective in her March 2011 memoir.
And last but not least, perhaps my favorite thing this week: Harry Potter as a teen romantic comedy.
Karen Rose, romantic suspense extraordinaire, gratefully chatted with us at RWA 2011 about her research process and journey to become a writer. She also talked about Silent Scream, winner of the 2011 RITA for Best Romantic Suspense, and introduced her 12th and newest novel, You Belong to Me.
Congratulations, Karen! Who knew that a fear of flying could inspire such a successful writing career:
You Belong to Me came out in June -- have you picked up a copy?
Who's your favorite author of romantic suspense?
Hope everyone had a great, summery week! Today's weekly links celebrate classic favorite reads (and suggest new ones), recognize some great songwriters' books and enjoy some book-to-film if-onlys. Enjoy!
Socially important or academically fascinating books might get all the attention, but that doesn't make them great reading material. The Guardian points readers to some overlooked masterpieces.
Some examples include Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust over Brideshead Revisited and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle over Slaughter-House Five.
What are your this-over-that reading suggestions?
The New Dork Review of Books celebrates medium-crossover books -- particularly those from musicians (and disregarding "idiot celebrities"). There's something very similar between telling a story through song and through prose, as often a creative mind can tell a tale through either medium.
This week, Ron Howard's epic adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower was scrapped. Flavorwire added it to "the long list of proposed book-to-film adaptations by famed directors that never saw the light of day." They listed the 10 book-to-films they'd love to see, including Orson Welles' adaptation of Heart of Darkness, Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote and Terrence Malick's Blood Meridian.
Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings has compiled a list of 7 Obscure Children's Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature, including one of my favorites, T.S. Eliot's Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, as well as 6 others I did not expect. Mark Twain's Advice to Little Girls might be my new favorite thing - ever:
Have a wonderful weekend! What will you be reading?
Andrea Kane's newest book (and the first in her exciting new forensic series), The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, was on the NYT bestseller list within a week of hitting bookshelves. It introduces a motley crew, Forensic Instincts, who have been hired to track down a kidnapped kindergartner. Our reviewer wrote, "they form a picture that confronts the guilty, satisfies the romantic and brings a gratifying answer to the whole puzzle."
Tantalizing -- especially for those of us who haven't read it ... yet ...
Kane talked with us at RWA and chatted mostly about her research process. We loved hearing her talk about FBI dogs and behaviorists. Check out our interview:
The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is out now! Who's reading it?
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Sisters Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush are each best-sellers in their own right, but as an author duo (and as double interviewees), they really know how to pop. They chatted with us at RWA on penning a book together, their favorite childhood authors, and Wicked Lies, their newest book after Wicked Game.
They have that great rapport that only close sisters have, which surely makes for tight writing . . . and a fun interview:
Here's what our reviewer had to say about Wicked Lies: "Wicked Lies is a riveting, can’t-put-it-down, heart-pounding good read. If you love suspense with enough twists and turns to tie you into knots, this one’s for you."
Both Wicked Lies and Wicked Game are out now -- will you be checking them out?