02:18 PM EDT 11/25/2013
Originally posted 11/21/2013 05:15PM
How could you go wrong this holiday season with the latest offerings from literary bestsellers Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert and Wally Lamb?
Let us know what you think of our staffers' choices – and tell us what you're reading.
Originally posted 10/31/2013 05:00PM
The hunt for Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Chinese smuggling rings in New York City, a transformative drama program in Levittown – these unfamiliar worlds have our staffers transfixed at the moment. Let us know what you think of their choices – and tell us what you're reading.
Originally posted 10/30/2013 12:00PM
Bestseller Elizabeth Gilbert can do more than eat, pray, love and write memoirs – she started as a fiction writer, and her new book, The Signature of All Things, is a novel about (of all things) a nineteenth century woman botanist. (Trust us, botanists are way way more passionate than you might imagine.)
In a live chat with PEOPLE.com on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m., Gilbert will take questions on everything from Eat, Pray, Love to her new book to life with the husband who, as she puts it on her website, is "more widely known as 'That Brazilian Guy From EAT PRAY LOVE'".
Originally posted 10/25/2013 05:55PM
There's nothing but smooth sailing for Gavin McLeod these days.
The actor, now 82, rose to fame playing Captain Merrill Stubing in the hit '80s series The Love Boat, but over the years, he's been steering an entirely new course for himself – one firmly anchored to his identity as a man of faith.
On Tuesday, McLeod released his memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, which chronicles the choppy waters he's sailed: two heart attacks, two marriages and his battles with alcoholism and depression.
Now, in an interview with Religion News Service (via The Huffington Post), the actor, who is a devout member of the Pentecostal church, speaks out about his spiritual journey – one that took him from Roman Catholicism to the New Age movement to Pentecostalism. (He proudly describes himself as "ambassador for Christ.")
Originally posted 10/24/2013 05:50PM
Kids know a good story when they see one, so it's no surprise that the best YA novels can hold an adult's attention – and sometimes teach us a little something as well. Share your thoughts on the books our staffers are enjoying – and let us know what you're reading.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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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