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What We're Reading This Weekend: Celebrity Nonfiction

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Celebrity Nonfiction

Originally posted 09/18/2014 09:55PM

When it comes to being a Hollywood insider, no one's better suited for the role than celebrities themselves. With their firsthand tales of high-profile relationships, business dealings and on- and off-screen shenanigans (like those from this week's cover interview with the cast of The Big Bang Theory), stars, and those they keep close, know what really goes down in Tinseltown.

This week, our staff's reading nonfiction on real Hollywood stories, by and about the stars themselves.

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

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Transgender Teen Shares Her Emotional Journey in New Children's Book

Jazz Jennings Hopes to Inspire Other Transgender Kids with New Picture Book

Originally posted 09/16/2014 05:00PM

It's no surprise that growing up as a transgender kid wasn't easy for Jazz Jennings.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Novels on Working Women

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Novels on Working Women

Originally posted 09/04/2014 06:45PM

The popular nursery rhyme says, "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage," but where does career fall into that mix? For many modern women, work precedes the other life events.

Consider this week's cover star Angelina Jolie, a successful actress prior to falling for Brad Pitt, building their family and then tying the knot much later.

And the late, great Joan Rivers's life's work paved the way for female comedians.

This week our staff is reading fiction about other hard-working gals. And these protagonists are all trying to find that elusive work-life balance.

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

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 'I Will Help Hillary Get Elected'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 'I Will Help Hillary Get Elected'

Originally posted 08/27/2014 04:45PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't positive Hillary Clinton will run for president, but the woman who took Clinton's former New York Senate seat would like to think so.

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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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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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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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