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Feb. 12 2010 — 9:48 am | 21 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Scott Brown, autobiographer

Scott Brown has been Massachussetts’ junior senator for scarcely a week, and he’s already working on building his resume. Brown already trying to cash on his newfound stardom by shopping his autobiography to publishers. And his story, publishing insiders speculate, could land him a six-figure advance, though part of the proceeds will go to charity.

According to Boston Globe:

Feb. 12 2010 — 9:31 am | 258 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

‘Sweet Valley High’ to make an adult comeback

Like a lot of girls my age, I read many of Francine Pascal’s books from the Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High series when I was in elementary school and early middle school. And then, as it often happens with these type of books, I grew bored reading about couldn’t-be-more-different identical twins Elizabeth (goody two-shoes) and Jessica (party girl) Wakefield. Though the situations changed slightly from one book to the next, the characters themselves never really did, making for some all-too-predictable story lines.

But this, apparently, did not keep some readers from wondering what Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield would be like as adults. Francine Pascal has reportedly received thousands of fan queries asking about these two characters’ adult lives. And in 2011, Pascal will answer their questions by publishing Sweet Valley Confidential, a book that will follow the twins’ lives in their late 20s and early 30s.

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Feb. 8 2010 — 10:13 am | 165 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Amazon.com: Virginia really is for lovers

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Left your heart in San Francisco? According to Amazon.com, you might be able to find it in Alexandria, Va. Or, if you prefer someplace a bit warmer, Miami, Gainesville, or Berkeley.

Amazon has put together a list of the country’s 20 most romantic cities by looking at the per capita sales of romance novels, sex and relationship books, sexual wellness products, romantic comedy DVDs, and—of course—Barry White CDs. So which cities make the list? Check it out:

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Feb. 1 2010 — 9:39 pm | 234 views | 1 recommendations | 2 comments

Is the ‘New Yorker’ smitten with ‘The Bachelor’?

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What will happen when there are no more good books left to read or discuss? The New Yorker’s book blog, The Book Bench, may have given us a glimpse tonight.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The New Yorker liveblogged The Bachelor. Seriously.

(Sure, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and one of the liveblogging participants was John Bowe, the author of Us: Americans Talk About Love, but still.)

Feb. 1 2010 — 12:26 pm | 151 views | 1 recommendations | 4 comments

How to make time for a good book

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Like many people, Gretchen Rubin finds pleasure in books—reading them, writing them, and making them. So the lawyer-turned-writer put “finding more time to read” high on her list of resolutions when she set out to increase her personal happiness, a journey she writes about in her new book The Happiness Project.

While many people squeeze in some reading before bed, this isn’t the case for Rubin, who explains on her blog, “I’m sleepy. My mind wanders. I keep thinking of things I should do before I turn out the light, so I keep jumping out of bed. It just doesn’t seem like ‘real’ reading.”

Earlier this week, Rubin posted 12 tips for reading more on her blog. Among my favorites:

1. Quit reading. I used to pride myself on finishing every book I started. No more. Life is short. There are too many wonderful books to read.

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