Category: Books

Colin Jost talks memoir, pressure ‘to keep improving’ and why Scarlett Johansson is like the moon

Colin Jost may have a face his fiancée Scarlett Johansson loves, but it’s also practically begging for a jab, so declares the cover of his memoir.  “A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir,” the first book from the “Saturday Night Live” co-head writer and “Weekend Update” co-host, is out Tuesday. Its title “made the book design (featuring a close-up […]

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Mary Trump Diagnoses the President

The women of the house—the matriarch Mary Trump and her daughters, Maryanne and Elizabeth—were confined to gender roles that were rigid even for the 1950s. The three boys—Fred Jr., Donald, and Robert—had to fend for themselves in an environment not unlike The Lord of the Flies. Enamored with the prosperity gospel, Fred Trump Sr. drilled […]

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Michael Jackson’s diary reveals star wanted to be ‘immortalized’, make $20M a week & direct a Sinbad film

A SECRET diary of the King of Pop reveals how Michael Jackson wished to be “the greatest ever” and immortalized” shortly before his death. Featured in Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation Into The Michael Jackson Cover-Up, by Dylan Howard, excerpts from Jackson’s diary reveal he wanted to become the “first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director.” 4 Michael Jackson wished to be […]

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Mariah Carey to Release her Memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, Later This Year

Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root Mariah Carey is a living legend we’re sure has a ton of stories to tell, and she’s going to open up about her life experiences with the release of her memoir—of an “imperfect angel,” we presume. The Meaning of Mariah […]

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What I learned from preparing for the end of the world

It’s a glorious June afternoon and as I dig up turf to make a vegetable bed, I’m listening to extracts from parson-naturalist Gilbert White’s diary. Written on this day in the 1770s and broadcast on Melissa Harrison’s podcast The Stubborn Light of Things, White’s diary reports a month of dry weather; he mentions bees and […]

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The Shallowness of the Self-Aware Novelist

If these names are virtually interchangeable, then so are the characters themselves. Julia and Leslie are all but identical: attractive, “laid back” (my scare quotes), adept at clever banter. Ditto the men: attractive enough (though tending toward chubbiness), “chill,” adept at clever flirtation. All the characters, even the minor ones, are like this. They have […]

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