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What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of the Rich and Famous

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of the Rich and Famous

Originally posted 10/17/2013 05:30PM

Johnny Carson's womanizing, Billy Crystal's take on aging, Aisha Tyler's many accidents … This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in stars' life stories.

Tell us what you think – and let us know what you're reading!

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Chat LIVE with Bridget Jones Author Helen Fielding!

Chat LIVE with Bridget Jones Author Helen Fielding!

Originally posted 10/17/2013 12:00PM

Plenty has changed for everyone's favorite London singleton since her v. funny diary first charmed the world in 1998.

In Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget's a widow with two kids, a Twitter account and a "toy boy" – but she's still adorably clueless. Join PEOPLE.com on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET for an exclusive live chat with Fielding, who'll take questions on all that plus – spoiler alert in case you've been living under a rock – why she killed off dreamy Mr. Darcy! Boo hoo! Click below to join us!

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Vampire Academy Author Richelle Mead: Zoey Deutch 'Lives' the Part of Rose Hathaway

Vampire Academy Author Richelle Mead: Zoey Deutch 'Lives' the Part of Rose Hathaway

Originally posted 10/15/2013 09:05AM

It's hard enough being a teenager – just imagine being a teenage vampire.

Vampire Academy, the film based on Richelle Mead's best-selling novels, follows Rose Hathaway and her best friend Lissa Dragomir, students at St. Vladimir's Academy in Montana. But these aren't your run-of-the-mill, glittering-in-the-sun, garlic-and-silver-fearing vampires.

There's the Moroi, mortal vampires with magical abilities who drink blood from human volunteers and don't kill anyone, and the Strigoi, immortal vampires who prey on Moroi and humans and murder in their quest for blood. And it's up to a few teenagers to keep the peace between the two.

The film, which stars Ringer's Zoey Deutch (the daughter of actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch) as Rose, Lucy Fry as Lissa and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland as Natalie, doesn't hit theaters until Valentine's Day, but Mead is already speaking out about the cast.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Rainy Day Reads

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Rainy Day Reads

Originally posted 10/10/2013 05:00PM

There's rain in the forecast, so nice thick novels – the kind with plenty of plot and things to think about – are just the ticket. Tell us what you think of our staffers' choices, and let us know what you're reading. 

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Brand New Fiction

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Brand New Fiction

Originally posted 10/04/2013 06:30PM

Helen Fielding's first novel in 14 years, the latest from Meg Cabot's Size 12 series, a wine-steeped romance – there's lots to like about this fall's fiction lineup.

Tell us what you think of our staffers' picks – and let us know what you're reading.

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Spoiler Alert! The New Bridget Jones Book's Twist You Won't Believe

Bridget Jones Spoiler Alert! The New Book's Shocking Twist You Won't Believe

Originally posted 09/30/2013 01:00PM

Did you hear the screams of shock echoing all the way from England yesterday?

If not, then fair warning, Bridget Jones fans: This is a spoiler alert!

Should you wish to be surprised by the plot twists in Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding's third installment about everyone's favorite dating, dieting, diary-doodling heroine, then cover your eyes now!

If you're still reading, be prepared to hyperventilate or have the Kleenex ready:

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Gripping Historical Biographies

What We're Reading

Historical Biographies: What We're Reading This Weekend

Originally posted 09/26/2013 05:30PM

From an unlikely Russian ruler to a real-life Musketeer to the last Shah of Iran, our staffers are exploring past lives in these vivid historical biographies.

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

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Nick Carter: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death

Nick Carter to Dr. Phil: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death

Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM

Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.

The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.

Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.

"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Mind Expanders

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Mind Expanders

Originally posted 09/19/2013 06:00PM

Want to learn how to belly dance, make vintage cocktails, or recognize a straight person when you see one?

Our staffers have the books for you!

Let us know what you think of their choices, and what you're reading.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Fall's New Crop

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Fall's New Crop

Originally posted 09/12/2013 05:00PM

Who says beach books are best?

See which great autumn offerings our staffers are curling up with – and let us know what you're reading.

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