Pope Francis publishes The Name of God is Mercy. The book makes no new leaps of doctrine, but uses a “conversational” style to discuss the Pope’s reasons for proclaiming a Holy Year of Mercy. The Pope takes particular issue with those who cast stones at others’ sins. When asked about a particular lifestyle considered sinful:
Who am I to judge? Before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity.
The New York Review of Books publishes a translation of Nietzsche’s Anti-Education. Translated by Searls, the book consists of five lectures given by Nietzsche to the Basel Museum in 1872. Searls seeks to strip away the revisionism of Nietzsche’s works imposed by his virulently anti-Semitic sister, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzche, who had custody of him during the later years of his life. In On Education, Nietzsche argues that the educational system of his time does not instruct students in independent thinking but resorts to “the ubiquitous encouragement of everyone’s so-called ‘individual personality.” The editors go on to describe Nietzsche as the “anti-academic.”
McLendon, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 19 years ago, publishes Everybody has a Window and Aisle Seat: Choosing a Positive Approach to Parkinson’s Disease. McLendon’s book encourages readers to” laugh loud and often, shun pity, shed ‘downer’ friends, and always refuse to give up or play a passive role”. She credits the support of her family and friends for helping her maintain her attitude.
We all have a choice. We can either choose to take an aisle seat and its limited view, withdraw and only look inward at ourselves and thus have a ‘Why me?’ attitude, or we can choose the window seat, focus outward at the opportunities and say ‘Why not me?’
Assad orders the release of a revised version of the Koran in order to correct distortion and misleading lessons, announcing the changes on television with the Minister of religious endowments (Awqaf), and members of the Ministry’s Permanent Committee for the Holy Koran Affairs. The new version will contain simplified letters standardised by official accredited standards set by Koranic scholars.
We truly need such acts at this critical stage of distortion and misleading,
Hirsi Ali releases her fourth book, Heretic, a plea for a Muslim Reformation as the way to end the horrors of terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities. She says that some of Islam’s key teachings are incompatible with the values of a free society and proposes five amendments to Islamic doctrine: dethroning Mohammad as an infallible prophet, and scrapping a literalist reading of the Quran; elevating the rewards of human life over those of eternal life (which delegitimizes martyrdom); replacing the most barbarous parts of Sharia with practical man-made legislation; promoting concerted action to stigmatize those tempted to take religious law into their own hands; and, last, repudiating the theological warrant for jihad.
Deen will release a low-fat cookbook entitled Paula Deen Cuts the Fat. The book will come out September 15.
I created 200 amazing light recipes. Plus, I cut the calories from 50 of my favorite classic dishes. The best part is that the same delicious southern taste remains.
Solomon launches her first book, Walk On By, an erotic romance. Lady Victoria Hervey, Louis Spence and Louise Hazel attend the party.
What Pet Should I Get, a posthumous book by Dr. Suess, is set to release in July. The book is a compilation of text and sketches found in Suess’s home office by his widow Geisel:
While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time.
Dornan and Johnson appear on the movie tie-in cover of the book, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Lopez releases her memoir, True Love. In True Love, Lopez writes that she’s felt abused in some of her relationships.
I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally.
Jericho releases the third book in his memoir series. The book follows the latest chapters in Jericho’s musical and wrestling careers.
Maybe before they’ve read the first one they might wonder why you’d need another, but it’s easy to see you’ve experienced a lot of very strange things in your life and career that no one else has.
Rivers publishes Diary of a Mad Diva, a satirical rift on diary writing. She lambasts Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath, as well as celebrities and royalty. Based on the premise that her daughter gave her a diary for Christmas, Rivers wonders “who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones?”
Woke up not feeling well. I spent the entire day online on WebMD. … I can say with 100 percent certainty that I have pleurisy, tuberculosis, brain stem cancer or an enlarged prostate. I found a great cure for whatever ails you. God bless the Internet! A coffee enema. … The only negative: I can never go back to Starbucks.
Clinton’s memoir, titled Hard Choices, is released. It describes her world travels and her work as a public diplomat. The book leaves out several important political events, including the Edward Snowden scandal, and is noted for its lack of White House gossip, or observations about other politicians.
Clinton’s upcoming book, Hard Choices, will reflect how she defines her legacy as part of Obama team. The book be available for purchase in June 10,2014, Publisher Simon & Schuster say in a statement and will offer an “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges that Clinton faces as secretary of state”. Clinton:
All of us face hard choices in our lives
Horowitz publishes The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, a collection of writings based on his blogs and drawing inspiration from rap artists. Horowitz says he is inspired by Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company to expand on the real issues entrepreneurs face.
I would have never wanted to write another management book. There are so many of them and everybody says the same thing about them, and they are all the same — they give the exact same advice. It’s like a diet book, they all say eat less calories, exercise more, and every single book has the same conclusion. So I didn’t want to write another one of those. But having been on the other side I really felt like there was a missing book, which was what happens when everything goes wrong, and you have set it all up right.
The schoolgirl releases her autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. The book is co-written with Christina Lamb, a British journalist. It details the Taliban’s attack on the school bus she was riding where she was shot in the head. The book also describes the life in Swat valley, Pakistan under the rule of the Taliban. Other details about her life include her father briefly considering becoming a jihadist when he was young, and her culture shock and eventual adjustment in the way of life in England.
I was spared for a reason — to use my life for helping people.
King releases a highly-anticipated sequel to The Shining following Dan Torrance as a grown adult being haunted by the beings of the Overlook Hotel from the hellish childhood year he had spent there with his family. Doctor Sleep also follows a group of traveling gypsies that feed off of the steam released by people who have the Shining as they are slowly tortured to death. While traveling on a promotional tour, King asked his fans for advice about two potential projects he would be interested in working on.
I mentioned two potential projects while I was on the road, one […] a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. Are you interested in reading either of these? If so, which one turns your dials more? [We] will be counting your votes (and of course it all means nothing if the muse doesn’t speak).
Conrad releases her sixth book titled Infamous. Infamous is the third book in Conrad’s series The Fame Game. The novel will continue to follow main character Madison as she films her reality show and tries not to get caught up in being famous. Conrad she is both excited and sad that she has completed this book series.
It’s good. I mean it’s exciting to finish it and you know it’s a nice accomplished. It’s a little sad because it means I’m done and this was a series I really enjoyed working on.
Duff releases third and final installment in her Elixir Trilogy. The novel titled True follows the final chapters of a love story between main character Clea and character Sage as well as the adventures between Clea and her best friend Ben.
There is so much adventure and love in the book. There is a little bit for everyone so it was a big moment for me.
Published by Random House, this book is the seventh and final of her autobiographical works. In this work, Angelou talks about her mother, Vivian Baxter, and the turbulent but eventually loving relationship the two enjoyed. On writing about her mother:
I wanted to write about her about 20 years ago, but the book wasn’t ready. And I suppose I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t learned enough. I didn’t know that love was healing. I didn’t understand that and I think I was still wrapped in an erroneous belief that love had something to do with sentimentality and mush and romance. And after years I found…as strange as it may seem…it was love which allowed her to send her children away because she wasn’t ready for children.
In Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur, Feld and Batchelor, share their personal experiences of living in an entrepreneurial relationship. The book offers strategies for balancing entrepreneurship with relationships, including waiting for a good time for real conversation, life dinners, quarterly vacations off the grid, no TV in the bedroom and always answering your phone when your beloved calls.
The Second Edition of Venture Deals is released. The book builds on the first edition by outlining the essential elements of the venture capital term sheet, introducing readers to the various participants in a funding situation, and includes strategies to getting to a fair deal
Conrad releases her fifth novel Starstruck. The novel is a sequel to her fourth novel Fame Game. Starstruck continues to follow main character Madison and her friends as she navigates Los Angeles and the world of fame.
Honestly the biggest (challenge) was time. A lot of late nights and almost losing it over my laptop, but that was the only thing. It got a little rough.
Conrad releases tell all beauty book titled Lauren Conrad Beauty. The book highlights all of Conrad’s beauty secrets and guides to perfecting a beauty look.
One of the messages of this book is it’s really important to figure out what you love about yourself and what you want to focus on. It’s different for every person.
Rivers publishes I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me a comedic diatribe on everyone she hates, including herself.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850
How do I hate thee? How much time do you have?
—Joan Rivers, today, about two-ish
Although The Wind Through the Keyhole is technically the eighth book in the Dark Tower series, King refers to it as 4.5 since it takes place after the Wizard and Glass but before Wolves of the Calla. Published by Grant publishing, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a frame story within a frame story from Roland’s memories.
Dickey’s book An Accidental Affair follows James Thicke a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. He’s become very successful as a screenwriter and his marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste is better than ever. In the midst of filming his latest script, starring Regina and leading man Johnny Bergs, James receives a video of his wife caught in a compromising situation.
Conrad releases here fourth book, The Fame Game. The novel follows character Madison who tries to become known as the best “frenemy” of reality television star Jane Roberts who is featured in Conrad’s previous novels. Conrad says she just wants readers to enjoy her books.
One of my biggest goals, especially with writing YA novels, is just to have people enjoy reading. I remember being in high school and it was so forced because everything I read through most of school was assigned reading. I love the idea of giving girls a book that they can read and enjoy reading.
Duff releases the second book in the Elixir Trilogy. Devoted follows Clea who tries to find and figure out if her soulmate Sage is alive or dead after being kidnapped. Elise Allen co-wrote on the novel with Duff.
She’s (Clea) going to team up with Ben again, who’s her best friend. They’ve ended on bad terms, so now she has to be the bigger person and go back to him and beg him to help her even though she’s really upset with him, and then the story goes on from there. They go on to have a really big adventure, and there’s a huge fight scene at the end of the book that was a lot of fun to write and a lot of new characters. It’s fun.
Harvard Business Review publishes a second case study, this time concentrating on the launch of Born This Way.
In March 2011, Troy Carter, manager of pop star Lady Gaga, reflects on decisions made regarding his artist’s concert tour and faces a new set of challenges regarding the launch of Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way. Is a huge, expensive launch akin to that of a “tent-pole” movie the best way to capitalize on Gaga’s popularity, or is a more moderate approach that relies on word-of-mouth the right way to proceed? Designed to help students understand the decisions that helped propel Lady Gaga into one of the entertainment world’s biggest names. Written from the perspective of her manager, the case provides rich insights into the artist’s touring, recorded-music, and social-media activities, as well as supporting economic data.
Feld and Mendelson compile blog posts with new material to create a guide for entrepreneurs seeking Vventure capital financing. The book includes analysis of the Term Sheet, details the differnt stages of the fundraising process, explores the venture capital ecosystem and gives tactics for negotiations.
My favorite entrepreneurs to fund are those that have had at least one success and one failure. While it is a cliche, failure teaches the big lessons. Most importantly, entrepreneurs that have some failure under their belt have humility and perspective that I think is deeply useful in the creation of the company.
Harvard Business Review publishes a case study about Carter’s work with Gaga:
In September 2009, Troy Carter, manager of up-and-coming pop star Lady Gaga, has to decide on a new course of action now that his artist’s planned co-headlining arena tour with hip-hop superstar Kanye West has been canceled. Carter knows that continuing the tour solo comes with huge risks, but scaling it back to smaller theaters or postponing the tour altogether has disadvantages as well. Making matters more complicated, Carter also has to consider the implications for Gaga’s partners, including the concert promoter Live Nation and the William Morris Endeavor agency. What is the best strategy? This case is designed to help students understand the decisions that helped propel Lady Gaga into one of the entertainment world’s biggest names. Written from the perspective of her manager, the case provides rich insights into the artist’s touring, recorded-music, and socialmedia activities, as well as supporting economic data.
Feld and Cohen identify the key issues that first-time entrepreneurs encounter, and offer proven advice from successful entrepreneurs who have worked with the TechStars program. The authors organize the most critical issues into seven themes: Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work and Life Balance. Many of the examples are personal experiences from the entrepreneurs themselves. Throughout the book, they debunk numerous myths about startups and reveal some surprising truths.
Duff releases her first young adult novel titled Elixir. The novel is co-written by Duff and Elise Allen that follows a paranormal romance theme. The novel is on the New York Times’ Best Sellers List.
I have always been interested in the paranormal and afterlife, everything from ghosts to angels. I think that everyone has that curiosity of the great unknown. It is fun to add the paranormal element because there aren’t any limits to what you can do.
Conrad releases Sugar and Spice, her third and final trilogy novel, which follows Jane Roberts from the opening night of her reality show through her realizations of good and bad relationships she has fostered throughout the series.
The first book was the most difficult to write as I was new to the process and there are so many writes and rewrites etc. Not to say book 2 and 3 were easy but they were more enjoyable as I could be creative rather than setting up characters.
Dickey’s book Tempted By Trouble follows Dmytryk a respectable, married, and college educated man. He has a great job in the automobile industry and he has a great future ahead of him. But when he and his wife finds themselves without jobs, Dmytrky realizes you cant find a good job trying to live honestly.
Conrad releases the second novel in the her trilogy series. The novel titled Sweet Little Lies continues to follow character Jane Roberts after she leaves Los Angeles. In the book Jane finds herself in a tight spot when scandalous photos of her are released and she must find her way out of this mess.
The first book was a learning experience. I had to learn the whole process and I think I also had to learn to schedule writing time for myself. I had lived my life for years on a schedule and this was the first time where I would have full days to write. It was also teaching myself how to do that. Everything was very new to me. The second time around, I had a better idea of how it was done.
Random House publishes a second cook book by Angelou, who at 81 years old adds some of her philosophies on food and eating to the book.
Without going out of my way to cut down on fats and sugar, I discovered that by making my food more savoury, I automatically found I was eating less: a smaller portion of something tasty left me feeling fuller for longer. So I decided, for my second cookbook, to put together a collection of savoury meals that were as good to eat at 8.30am as they were at 8.30pm. And yes, you can have fried rice for breakfast.
On a seemingly normal day, the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine is encased in an indestructible dome that completely separates them from the rest of the world. King had originally gotten the idea for Under the Dome in the 1970’s, but scrapped the idea several times. After finally publishing the novel, he stated that a good idea never leaves your mind.
I thought to myself what an image that would make, the idea of the whole world watching these people who are as out of touch as people who are stranded on a desert island. They were all fun to write about, I love this book and I love the people in it.
Dickey’s book Dirty Old Men follows older men who have an attraction for younger women.
The stories are sexy, but if you’re looking strictly for sex on top of sex, you got the wrong book. Dirty actually takes readers into to the minds of older men and why they’re drawn to young women.
In Think Big, Carson gives his personal formula for success, which he basis on his own life developing from an inner city ghetto kid to a world famous neurosurgeon. He spells out his philosophy which he believes will improve quality of life through easily remembered points based on the letters that spell out the title.
It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the world.
Dickey’s book Resurrecting Midnight follows Gideon who trusts no one. But when his former lover resurfaces in need of his skills, Gideon accepts. The assignment leads to Argentina and a team of international mercenaries who will kill and torture to achieve victory. One of them has a connection to Gideon that neither assassin is aware of, a secret link that reaches into Gideon’s past and plunges him into a double-cross so explosive no one will make it out alive.
Last night I got the news that Resurrecting Midnight debut on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers list. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Chaser follows Leah, a young beautiful woman who is caught between Nasir and Kenny. After her boyfriend Kenny sets her up to take the fall in yet another of his schemes, Leah has no choice but to strike a deal with the police. Her world changes overnight, and maintaining her composure while gathering information is no easy task.
My latest novel, which I’ll admit kind of slipped under the radar….As many of you know, I was in a bad car crash and broke my jaw right around the time this book was to be promoted. On top of that I was expecting my second child and producing my first stage play, Secret Society, based on my debut novel. Needless to say I had so much on my plate that I was unable to give Chaser the attention it deserved….But in spite of that….Chaser has gotten praise like none of my preceding novels… People called it my best book yet…Fans said they could see that I’ve grown as a writer…Readers were thrilled to get a glimpse into yet another underworld….And it was featured in Elle Magazine!!!
Conrad releases first novel titled L.A. Candy. The book is the first installment in a trilogy that follows Jane Roberts who moves to Hollywood and gets cast in her own reality show. The book becomes a New York Times Best Seller.
I didn’t take anything specifically that happened to me. The only thing that I did was … it was a way to show not necessarily me but just the other side of being on a show like ours. For everyone that’s done it I think you see one side and you don’t see the other. It’s kind of an interesting story to tell.
Rivers publishes a murder mystery with Jerrilyn Farmer, Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery. The novel is is a thinly disguised roman à clef, where Joan is Maxine Taylor, who with her daughter Drew, a cover for her daughter Melissa Rivers, track down the murder of a Hollywood starlet who mysteriously drops dead on the Academy Awards red carpet.
Even the dust jacket was made by Chanel.
Rivers publishes Men are Stupid…and They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery. Rivers talks about liposuction and Botox written in her characteristic self-deprecating style.
I’m a plastic surgery whore.
Dickey’s book Dying For Revenge is a story about a steamy underworld of crime.. Gideon is convinced that an old score with a former client from Detroit was settled a long time ago. But the lady from Detroit has never forgotten-or forgiven-Gideon. Now, Gideon’s on the run again, embarking on a chase that takes him from London to Nashville, and back to the Caribbean where those on both sides of this battle are dying for revenge.
In this work published by Random House, Angelou offers a collection of essays and stories full of advice and memories to women of all ages and nationalities. She explains what prompted her to write this book:
I had no daughters. I had a son who was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. But in reality I have lots of daughters. Black ones, white ones, Asian ones and Jewish ones and the Spanish-speaking ones… Sometimes I’ll get a thousand pieces of mail a week from young women who think I’m wise. So they use me as a mother and I think of them as my daughters. So I thought it was time to say, ‘Listen, kids, I have been here and done this. I got into this scrape and got out of it. I paid for it. I want you to know that if you take this road in the dark, to the left there’s a big hole and if you’re not careful you’ll step in it and break your foot.’
Never Enough follows Celess who loses her best friend, Tina, and her good looks. Now she lives a life of depression and cant help but to feel suicidal. Her heartbreak and a near-death experience transforms Celess into a woman who is hired by a top modeling agency. In Los Angeles, she reconnects with two old friends, Terry and Derrek, and through them, finds new friends and a new love.