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Surprise! A Recently Discovered NEW Dr. Seuss Book Is Being Published This Summer

Dr. Seuss is the new Harper Lee

It would appear that recently discovered “new” old books getting published is the new thing because today we learn that a newly discovered Dr. Seuss book has been found and will go into publication this July. As you may recall, an unpublished book by Harper Lee was recently discovered by her attorney and is scheduled for release later this year. Now Dr. Seuss is getting in on the “new” old book trend, despite his death in 1991. This new book is titled What Pet Should I Get? and is said to have been written by Seuss (real name Theodor Geisel) sometime between 1958 and 1962. Click below to see the cover of this new Dr. Seuss book and learn more about it’s forthcoming release. More »

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What Does Madonna’s Critique Of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Have To Do With Drake?

One writer has made a fascinating connection

Right now, people everywhere are watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie. As you all know, I have been oddly and unabashedly excited about this film since we first learned about it way back when. And I’ll be seeing it this Sunday, because that is what the Sabbath day is for. I plan to laugh, cringe, and totally enjoy myself. I’m not sure that I’ll be turned on at all, but I look forward to being pleasantly surprised. I’ve been browsing through reviews a bit, PITNBr fab4runner has already given her critique of the film on my Instagram account, so I’m psyched. And now Madonna herself has joined in on the Fifty Shades of conversation, which somehow became a conversation about Drake. Click inside for more!
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Harper Lee’s Attorney Gives An Extensive Interview About The Newly Discovered Book ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Harper Lee herself has yet to be seen or heard from directly

It’s been a few days since the literary world was stunned by the news that a previously unreleased/unknown book manuscript written by To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee was discovered and will be published this summer and, thus far, we’ve only been hearing from Lee‘s attorney about this new book. The initial press release announcement included quotes from Harper Lee, as relayed by her attorney Tonja B. Carter. A couple of days later, more quotes came from Lee … again, via her attorney Carter. Today, The New York Times has published an extensive interview that offers “more details on the discovery” of this new Harper Lee book … the interview, of course, is with Tonja B. Carter. Since this new book discovery was announced, we have not heard from Harper Lee directly but, clearly, her attorney is happy to talk about the book at length. More »

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A New Statement Released On Behalf Of Harper Lee Says She Is ‘Happy As Hell’ Over Reactions Of Her New Book

Statement via her attorney Tonja Carter

Earlier this week, we learned that reclusive author Harper Lee will be publishing her first book in 55 years this summer — only her second book after her literary classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In my previous blog post, I voiced concerns over suspicions that this previously unpublished book is being released without Lee‘s express permission considering the 88 year old author has been unwell in recent years and is deaf and blind. All information about this new book, Go Set A Watchman, is coming from Lee’s new attorney Tonja Carter … who recently took over her business affairs after the death of Harper‘s older sister and longtime attorney/protector Alice Lee. Today, we get a new statement released in Harper Lee‘s name that is meant to refute concerns that she is being exploited but, then again, this new statement comes solely from Lee‘s attorney as Harper Lee declined all interview requests from everyone. Harper Lee, according to this new statement, is “happy as Hell” over reactions about her new book … apparently. More »

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A Night With Neil & The Joker

The TV Guide

One of my fave authors, Neil Gaiman, released his third collection of short stories yesterday titled Trigger Warning so I decided to reserve my night so that I could start reading the book. I absolutely LOVE Gaiman‘s novels but his short story collections (Smoke & Mirrors and Fragile Things) are among my fave books of all time. It’s a treat to be able to read little bits of Neil Gaiman over time rather than gorging on one big story. I read some of Neil last night and then watched a bit of TV. Last night’s episode of The Flash got me in the mood to read some comic books and, well, my night was a veritable geekapalooza. More »

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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Author Harper Lee Will Release Her First Book In 55 Years

But is the elderly author being exploited for financial gain?

Earlier today it was announced that 88 year old author Harper Lee, the woman who wrote the literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird 55 years ago and never published another book, was readying the release of a book titled Go Set a Watchman that she wrote before Mockingbird. The news has been met with almost total jubilation from fans of Mockingbird. But, it should be noted that the circumstances surrounding the release of this “new” book appear questionable. Lee, in her advanced age, is no longer in the care of her sister and attorney Alice Lee who passed away 2 1/2 months ago. Suddenly, after Alice‘s death and all these decades after she published her only book, the famously private Harper Lee has decided to release an unpublished work that no one even heard about until now? As exciting as a new Harper Lee book may sound, I can’t help but feel that this beloved author is being exploited by others (her new attorney, her publisher) for financial gain. More »

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Entirely Fascniated By Wonder Woman’s Secret History

The TV Guide

Because I have a very busy weekend ahead of me, I decided to stay in yesterday and get some stuff done around the house and generally relax. I’ll be running 3 races during the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Anaheim, CA this weekend so I opted for a night in last night. I managed to finish reading a fascinating book about the creation of Wonder Woman and I’m happy to share that it is a book that I would heartily recommend to anyone. I had a very loose understanding of WW‘s origins and an even looser understanding of her creator Charles Moulton (real name William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector) but now that I’ve read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lapore, I have an excellent understanding of the people who created and inspired the character and a better appreciation for what the character represents. More »

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Here Is Your First Look At The Illustrated ‘Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’

Coming in October

Back in 2010, we first learned that the entire Harry Potter book series was being republished in a new full-color illustrated series of books. Today we get our first look at some of the artwork that is featured in the first book of the illustrated series of books. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone here in the US) will be released in October and the artwork and sketches included in the gallery presented here will be featured in this new book. The artwork was created by Jim Kay and as you can see, the illustrations are warm, charming and very fitting of the Harry Potter mythos. While I’m certain that many (if not all of you) already own the Harry Potter book series, I have a feeling that many (if not all of you) are planning to procure copies of this new illustrated version of the books as they are released annually. Am I right?

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Mark Z. Danielewski Releases The Cover Of His New Book ‘The Familiar’

The 'House of Leaves' author is back with a planned 27 vol. story

Mark Z. Danielewski, one of my all-time favorite contemporary authors, has released the cover of volume one of his new book The Familiar that will reportedly be released in 27 volumes. Those of you familiar with MZD‘s work (House of Leaves, Only Revolutions and The Fifty Year Sword) know that his writing style is unconventional and always very different from one book project to the next. The multi-volume project The Familiar has been in the works for many years now and we are very close to the official release of volume 1 in May. Click below to see the cover of this book and learn more about MZD‘s new book(s). More »

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On The Road With ‘A Million Miles’

The TV Guide

Plans to hang out with friends last night had to be cancelled because of a splitting headache that drove me crazy so instead of suffering in the presence of others, I decided to suffer at home all by myself. The night wasn’t a complete wash, tho. I managed to finish reading one book and I started another so that actually helped me feel a bit better. Our PITNB intern Iris introduced me to GoodReads so I spent some time playing around with the site yesterday and, well, it looks like my attempt at reading more in 2015 is going to be aided muchly by Iris’s kind suggestion. More »

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