Monthly Archives: August 2013

Controversy Over Book Using ‘Modern Family’ Photo

When you think of the TV show Modern Family, you don’t typically think of the show’s families as an accurate portrayal for religious Christian people. Modern Family, of course, portrays families with gay couples and adopted children.

So when Christian preacher and author Doug Sehone used a photo of the cast for the cover of his e-book Bible Principles of Child Discipline, it caused quite an uproar. According to TV Guide, Doug Sehorne used the photo, featuring actors Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, not knowing that they were, in fact, actors from a television show. His friends pointed out to him that the family on the cover was from a TV show that didn’t necessarily emphasize strictly religious Christian values. He took to Facebook to explain exactly what happened:

“1. I do not even have a TV and have not for 35 years.

2. I never heard of the TV show.

3. I got the image from a search on Google Images, which I assumed were not copyrighted, etc.

4. Anyone who knows me, knows I would never condone such wickedness as sodomy or even TV.”

Sehorne is now removing the book and changing its cover.

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New JD Salinger Books On the Way

The famed Catcher in the Rye author, JD Salinger, passed away in 2010, and was famously known not to have published much of anything after the 1960s. But that latter fact may soon change.

According to The Huffington Post, the two men who recently co-wrote a biography about the author — entitled Salinger — have revealed that a series of posthumous Salinger releases are set for 2015-2020. Authors David Shields and Shane Salerno spend nine years working on the biography about Salinger. Their book will be released September 3rd.

In that book, they credit two independent and separate sources that say previously unpublished Salinger material will be released. One of the books includes the Catcher protagonist Holden Caulfield. Another publication would feature the Glass family from Franny and Zooey.

The new biography Salinger is 700 pages, and has a lot of other information about the famous author, as Hillel Italie explains.

The book is structured as an oral history, featuring hundreds of new and old interviews, excerpts from newspaper accounts and previous biographies and commentary from Shields and Salerno. Those quoted range from Salinger’s children to authors Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal to Mark David Chapman, who cited “Catcher” as a reason he murdered John Lennon in 1980.

It’s still unclear exactly how much material will be published over the course of the five years, but the real question is: will it live up to JD Salinger’s previous publications?

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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Author Stieg Larsson Short Story To Be Published

A short story written by a young Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) that’s never been published in English is set to be released this winter.

According to The New York Times, the famous Swedish author — who wrote one of the most successful crime series in history (The Millennium Series) — will have a story published that he penned when he was just 17 years old. It will be part of a compilation of Swedish crime stories, entitled A Darker Shade of Sweden, due out in February.

The Swedish author died in 2004, but some of the other authors whose work is included in the series are Henning Mankell, Maj Sjowall, and Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson’s long-time girlfriend.

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‘Anchorman’ Ron Burgundy to Release Memoir

Talk about great movie marketing! Just months before the Anchorman sequel is set to be released in theaters, its star, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), announces plans to release a memoir.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings will tell the “true” story of Ron Burgundy’s childhood, career in TV journalism, and — of course — his many ladies. In a statement, Ron Burgundy said “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work…I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”

Ron Burgundy is the main character in the 2004 comedy Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell. The sequel to the hit, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, premieres in theaters December 20. The Ron Burgundy memoir will hit shelves and be available for digital download November 19.

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Review: Rome For Beginners

Recap: When three women have moments of crises, they decide it’s not time for an escape, but for a new life altogether. So begins Rome for Beginners, set in modern-day Rome, telling the stories of three American women who have left the States only to meet and befriend each other in Rome. They have become close, and together, they struggle with everyday problems — work, ex-husbands, children, and dating. But to add to it all, they’re in a foreign country, attempting to learn a new language and culture.

Suzanne has been living in Rome for years. Her ex is Italian, and her son is a problem child. Lilian is divorced and dating a younger Italian man named Massimo, but she’s supposed to be working on a big project for her job back in the United States. Brennan is a runner who has found work but could be deported at any time. Sex And the City meets Eat, Pray, Love, this is a story about women searching for love, happiness and self-actualization. They rely on their friendship to achieve it all. But can they? And can they do it in Rome of all places?

Analysis: On the surface, Rome for Beginners is a sort of combination of SATC and Eat, Pray, Love but not quite on that caliber. There’s a group of middle-aged friends attempting to get in the dating game and find themselves. But to that end, we don’t see a lot of character development or growth during the course of the novel. Brennan is the only character who faces the most significant changes at the end — and all at once — but the others more or less continue living their lives. Maybe that’s just realistic. But I found myself, waiting for this big turnaround moment to happen that never seem to came.

That’s not to say Rome for Beginners doesn’t have its fair share of charm and humor; it does. Each chapter of the book takes the perspective of another woman, so the reader gets an in-depth look at each of the characters. But it’s the moments when the women are together that are the most enjoyable. Their friendships are strong and hysterical in ways that female friendships often are. When embarrassing or seemingly tragic things happen, they have each other to make light of it and help each other out.

Rome for Beginners is light and cute — a good, quick summer read. But at the end, I found myself wondering what was the point? But maybe, that was the point.

MVP: Brennan. On a personal level, I could relate to her the most. But the best thing about Brennan is that she comes closest to achieving self-actualization, even though other events force her to get to that point. At the end of the novel, I was proud of and happy for Brennan.

Get Rome For Beginners on your Kindle now for just $4.40.

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Author Lauren Weisberger on ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel

It’s a sequel many reader have been waiting for for 10 years nowRevenge Wears Prada, a follow-up to chick lit author Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. The Devil Wears Prada was a bestseller when it came out in 2003 and was ultimately turned into a hit movie starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. So how does Revenge Wears Prada compare?

According to L.A. Times, which did an interview with the author last month, Revenge picks up 10 years after Devil. Here, we find the protagonist Andy facing motherhood and marriage as she continues to work, now at a wedding magazine. But Weisberger told L.A. Times reporter Irene Lacher that she made sure to also work on the character of Miranda, Andy’s boss:

There just aren’t that many people who pick up this book and relate on a level of being the head of the fashion and publishing industries simultaneously. Miranda is not the every-page presence that she was in the first book, so I had to up the ante in making her even scarier. That’s why I made her the editorial director of [fictional magazine publisher] Elias-Clark. I gave her more of a position of power to properly torment them.

Though Revenge is on the bestseller list, it’s not doing nearly as well with critics as Devil did. Weisberger says it doesn’t bother her, since her fans seem to love the book regardless. There’s also still no word on whether or not the sequel will be turned into a movie, like Devil was.

As a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, I would really love to read the book. What about you?

Get Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns now in hardcover or on your Kindle.

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Amazon Announces New Comics Imprint

Stories are told through and translated into different media all the time. Books become movies. Television series become books. Movies are turned into TV shows. Now, Amazon will be making money off of books being turned into graphic novels and comics.

According to the L.A. Times, Amazon is launching a new comics imprint under its publishing umbrella. Called Jet City Comics, the imprint will publish graphic novels by George R. R. Maritn (Game of Thrones), Neal Stephenson (Foreworld), and Hugh Howey (Wool). According to its press release, Jet City Comics will publish already-published novels in a graphic novel format. That makes sense, particularly for the Foreworld series, which was originally published by another Amazon imprint, 47North.

Jet City Comics will now be the tenth imprint under the Amazon umbrella.

What do you guys think of the whole idea of turning novels into graphic novels?

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