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The Sneaky Trick Hitler And Trump Both Used To Seem Important

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.09.2016 | Arts

New research, reported on by The New York Times this week, argues that Adolf Hitler once wrote a book lauding himself as Germany’s future savior ―...

Thirteen Things You Never Knew About Pine Cones...

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.29.2016 | Weird News
Xaque Gruber

On a recent trip to San Diego, I met two Americans (in their 20s or 30s) who had never heard of Maine, the state where I am living. I tried to explain...

6 Books That Paint Vivid Portraits Of Iconic Artists

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 08.01.2016 | OWN

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Michael Jackson Biographer on How He Controlled His Public Image

Quora | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Writing Your Blurb or Bio: The Essential Points

O'Brien Browne | Posted 03.09.2017 | Business
O'Brien Browne

In today's hyper-connected world in which we are daily bombarded with electronic, auditory, written and visual signals and images, the average person grants someone presenting their blurb perhaps 10 to 20 seconds to grab their attention.

Elon Musk Biographer Talks About How Elon Musk Handles Pressure

Quora | Posted 01.07.2017 | Technology
Quora

My biggest takeaway from doing the book was that Elon starts out most days looking to address the "critical path" blocking any one of his companies from achieving their goals. Basically, he tries to find the major problem and then do what he can to help fix it. Sometimes this means Elon will personally try and solve the problem. Other times, it means he'll give a team more money and more people instantly to try and finish a project quickly.

16 Gift Ideas for Your Guitar Playing Bookworm

Jason Landry | Posted 12.04.2016 | Home
Jason Landry

As someone who has interviewed a lot of guitar players, I also spend quite a bit of time reading about them. If you are thinking about buying the guitar player on your holiday wish list a book this year, you might consider one of these titles.

On Whitney: When 'The Bubble' Bursts

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watched a snippet of Whitney -- the TV movie -- this weekend. The one directed by Angela Bassett. The fact that I only watched a snippet is the only "review" you need. It was just too Lifetime for me.

David Freeman

Turing Biographer On The True Story Of Genius's Tragic Death

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Science

Sixty years after his tragic death, the brilliant English mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) has come back to life, if only virtually, in the new m...

Why You Should Care if George Bush's Book is "Fake"

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Any book released with Bush' name on it is part of a publicity campaign to restore and burnish his image. If you think that's not the case, you're either extremely naive, you haven't watched Olivia Pope do her magic on Scandal -- or both.

Did George Bush Really Write That Book About His Father?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

All over the country, newspaper reviewers are wasting space reviewing George Bush's biography about his father. Whether they pan it or praise it, they'll say over and over, as Michiko Kakutani recently did in The New York Times, things like "he writes--" or "he says--" Does he?

Five Books About Ray Bradbury

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.21.2014 | Home
Steven Paul Leiva

An author of his genius, his very individual voice, achieves an immortality -- or at least a vastly longer than normal lifespan. And to read his novels and short stories is to know Ray.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Home
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

Joyce Is Still Blooming

Adele Scheele | Posted 08.27.2014 | Home
Adele Scheele

James Joyce is blooming everywhere. New biographies have just appeared about his life as well as that of his publisher and supporter, Sylvia Beach.

You're Never Too Old For a Baby Gift

Donna Fish | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

For this Mother's Day -- which I always advocate as a time to buy yourself a present -- buy yourself a baby book and relive and record that early history of when your first was born. (Or that early history of your growing family.)

Storming the Gates: My Gonzo Misadventures in Dennis HopperLand

Tom Folsom | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Folsom

It was hot and dusty in the high desert of Taos. The scraggly cemetery looked like the set of a spaghetti western. Mourners included biker dudes, Val Kilmer in a Stetson, and Jack Nicholson in moccasins. It was June 2010. Dennis Hopper was about to be buried.

Ten Books to Celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday (SLIDESHOW)

Rocco Staino | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Rocco Staino

Gourmets and gourmands are pulling their ten Julia Child's cookbooks off the shelves to help celebrate the culinary icon's 100 birthday on August 15th. But foodies, lovers of pop culture and kids will also find a book to help celebrate Julia's birthday.

Why William S. Burroughs Hated His Biography

Ted Morgan | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Ted Morgan

When my book was published, Burroughs was in Chicago. Asked by a Tribune reporter what he thought of it, he said, "it's awful." There's a huge difference between chatting with a friend in your home and seeing your life revealed on the page, hundreds of pages, for thousands to read.

10 Rock Star Bios You Shouldn't Bother Reading

Brian Boone | Posted 02.25.2012 | Home
Brian Boone

Every few months, a big rock star biography or memoir comes out. The pre-release buzz is always major, promising, finally, the truth about that musical icon we all thought we knew. Rarely does that truth happen, though.

Film Biographers Take Center Stage in Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Fortunately, for local film buffs, the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for those interested in just this sort of thing. Anyone interested in early Hollywood will want to check out at least one of three events taking place in the coming weeks.

Do You Still Read Fiction?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.31.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

Philip Roth has written two dozen novels, yet fiction has lost its appeal for him personally. When asked why, he said he didn't know, and only offered a smart-aleck response: "I wised up."

Publisher Buys Bernie Madoff Biography

The Bookseller | Posted 08.06.2011 | Home

Oneworld has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a biography of disgraced Ponzi pyramid scheme financier Bernie Madoff....

Donald Trump Comic Book: Will He Be A Superhero Or A Supervillain?

guardian.co.uk | Alison Flood | Posted 07.11.2011 | Home

Whether he will be portrayed as superhero or supervillain remains to be seen, but Donald "The Donald" Trump is set to take a step into the world of co...

How to Write Better, in the Words of Mock Amy Sedaris

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joe Woodward

Writing is hard. But it's easy, too, like talking and baking. Baking isn't hard. It's the easiest thing to do in the kitchen, besides the microwave...

Apocalypse in Print

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nigel Hamilton

The printed book is dead -- at least, the book as we have known it since Gutenberg. It's going digital not only among the young, but even the ancient.