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Why Pat O'Brien Didn't Sugarcoat His Memoir

Pat O'Brien: Recovery Taught Me to Be Honest About My Past

Originally posted 08/22/2014 06:00PM

When Pat O'Brien set out to write the story of his "big life" – his star-studded career in TV, the drinking that destroyed it and the four rehab trips it took to get sober – he wanted to be truthful. Brutally so.

"Most people try to sugar coat what happened and make their books a 'love me more' and 'here's what's next,' " the former CBS Sports, Access Hollywood and Insider broadcaster tells PEOPLE of his new memoir, I'll Be Right Back After This.

"I've had such a big life and I almost died. Recovery has taught me to be honest about it."

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86-Year-Old Woman Becomes a First Time Author with Steamy Romance Novel

86-Year-Old Woman Becomes a First Time Author with Steamy Romance Novel

Originally posted 08/20/2014 04:00PM

An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife.

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Kim Kardashian, Author? Reality Star to Publish a Book – of Selfies

Kim Kardashian, Author? Reality Star to Publish a Book – of Selfies

Originally posted 08/09/2014 11:45AM

Kim Kardashian has already taken over your phone with her addictive app – and now she'll be taking over your coffee table, too.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of Young Love and Loss

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of Young Love and Loss

Originally posted 07/31/2014 06:45PM

Few topics are more intriguing than matters of the heart. Take this week's cover story for instance: a pregnant young wife of a Marine goes missing amid rumors of a military love triangle. When youth, passion and pain collide, it's hard to look away. This week, our staff's fiction choices are about just that – be it doomed romance or lost loved ones, these young protagonists are on an emotional roller coaster.

Share your thoughts on their choices, and let us know what you're reading.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Best Sellers

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Best Sellers

Originally posted 07/10/2014 05:05PM

Popularity isn't everything, but it has its advantages. Take this week's cover girl Jessica Simpson for example. Not just anyone gets to wear a custom Carolina Herrera gown on their wedding day. And in the world of books, popularity is king. This weekend, our staff is reading some fiction and non-fiction books everyone was talking about … and buying.

Share your thoughts on their choices – and let us know what you're reading.

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Man Who Wrote a Book About Surviving Bull Running Is Gored by a Bull

Man Who Wrote a Book About Surviving Bull Running Is Gored by a Bull

Originally posted 07/10/2014 07:10AM

A Chicago author who was inspired by Ernest Hemingway and co-wrote a book about surviving the running of the bulls underwent surgery Wednesday after he was gored in the thigh by one of the animals during the annual event in Pamplona, Spain.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Dark Novels

What We're Reading This Weekend: Dark Novels

Originally posted 06/26/2014 06:45PM

There's a time to laugh – like while reading this week's cover story on the hilarious Melissa McCarthy – and there's a time for spine-tingling fear.

This weekend our staff is keeping busy with books about the latter. Be it possessed dystopian teens or death-threatening stalkers, this week's reads are all about the dark side.

Share your thoughts on their choices – and let us know what you're reading.

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The Juiciest Bits from Courtney's Bachelor Tell-All – And Ben's Response!

Courtney Robertson's Bachelor
Tell-All: Five of the Best Bites

Originally posted 06/18/2014 04:05PM

Courtney Robertson's new tell-all, most obviously titled I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends, is a lot like what you might imagine a fantasy suite on The Bachelor to be: chock-full of sex and, well, kinda dirty.

Arguably the most vilified Bachelor contestant in franchise history, Robertson defends herself and her failed relationship with Ben Flajnik in the book, and provides enough juicy behind-the-scenes details from her experience on the show to satisfy even devout fans in Bachelor Nation. And anyone curious about what happened after the cameras stopped rolling.

It's risqué, there's more than a little TMI, and you'll never look at Adrian Grenier the same way.

Flajnik's take on the book? "It's sad. A new low, even for Courtney," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I don't see why she would choose to have people look at her the way she has portrayed herself. I am in a really great place in life and don't have any interest in reliving the nightmare."

We gamely took on the task of narrowing down the best bits of this shameless page-turner to five of our favorites …

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Where's Spot? Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Dead at 86

Where's Spot? Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Dead at 86

Originally posted 06/13/2014 07:20AM

Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.

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Review: The Silkworm, J.K. Rowling's Second Book Under a Pseudonym, Weaves an Engaging Web

The Silkworm, J.K. Rowling's Second Book Under a Pseudonym Weaves an Engaging Web

Originally posted 06/12/2014 05:00PM

Robert Galbraith – unmasked to the world as a pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling.

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