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Carrie Brownstein Pauses During Book Tour to Perform a Wedding

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We’re very familiar with book tours here at BookTrib; many of our writers are published authors and we work with authors every day. But this was a first for us—Carrie Brownstein paused during a speaking event for her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead Books; October 27, 2015) to marry sweethearts Kendall Oshiro and Genevieve Hernandez. Guest moderator Amy Poehler reportedly yelled out, “You gotta do it!” to applause and cheers when the couple made the request during the Q&A session. There may have been a teeny, tiny bit of planning involved on the fiancées’ part—they just happened to know that Brownstein was an ordained minister (something she did to marry a couple of friends), they had…

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4 Fictional Cities We Wish Existed in the Real World

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Sometimes when we find ourselves so enveloped in a TV show or book, we often imagine what it would be like to be a resident of the fictional hometown or city. Not only do we want to live in the town, but we’d obviously want to check out the local hot spots and maybe meet up with one of the fictional characters we wish could be our BFF. Here are four cities/towns we’ve put on our imaginary travel bucket list and one we’d move to in a heartbeat (We’re looking at you, Stars Hollow!). City: Gotham City, [State Redacted] Origin: DC Universe Take New York and Chicago, throw them in a blender with about a gallon of chaos and you…

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Inside Out: Pixar’s best movie to date perfectly captures emotions

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So you sometimes feel as if your emotions are running your life? Go with that feeling. Because according to neuroscience and psychological research, you may be right. In fact, a new movie—and animated movie, of all things—centers on the role of emotions in our lives. In the story, a young girl’s mind is run by a “staff” of emotions, portrayed in the form of cartoon characters. According to experts, however, the film is not only accurate, but may be about to change a lot of perceptions about the importance of how we feel. The movie is Inside Out, Pixar’s latest release. In it, Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose world is turned upside-down when her family moves across the country.…

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Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” is a boon for women in comedy

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Shouldn’t the hardest part of comedy be having to keep a straight face? Not fighting to climb the sexist career ladder. There’s nothing funny about gender inequality. Despite many strides made for, y’know, basic human rights, women are still treated like second-class citizens. This gender gap (more like a gender Grand Canyon) has always been enormous in professional comedy to the point that people asked if women even have a sense of humor. Is it any wonder that the early pioneers—Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers—weren’t allowed to attractive or confident? Luckily, along came intellectual comedians like Elaine May and Lilly Tomlin in the early 60s, followed by the badasses of Saturday Night Live, and finally today’s Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler,…

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Live, from New York! It’s 40 years of SNL

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Forty years ago, Saturday late-night television was a wasteland, the realm of bad movies and sports highlights and Johnny Carson re-runs. If you were home watching TV late on a Saturday night, it was because you had no life and literally nothing better to do. That changed on October 17, 1975, when shortly after 11:30 p.m., an unknown comedian named Chevy Chase looked into a camera in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Plaza and exclaimed, “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” On Sunday, February 15, a battalion of SNL regulars, guest hosts, and musical guests including Eddie Murphy, Robert DiNiro, Alec Baldwin, Dan Ackroyd, Betty White, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Paul McCartney, Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey and Amy…

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The 5 best books by women we admired in 2014

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In a year where Hobby Lobby was able to set women’s rights back a few decades, it’s more important than ever to look to our female role models for guidance and advice. And luckily for us, a ton of them wrote memoirs and novels this year. Here are five of our favorite books from women we wholeheartedly admire in 2014: Yes Please, by Amy Poehler Is there anything Poehler can’t do? She’s a comedian, an actor, a director, a producer, a mother and now even a debut author. Her first book, Yes Please, is part autobiography, part self-help, and full of inspirational stories and advice. Not only do we hear about her rise to fame (and all the struggles that…

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Emmy Award style straight out of literature

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The Emmys were Monday night, and sure, there were awards and stuff—but let’s talk about the most important part of the evening: the fashion. Because while some people may have watched the red carpet and seen long trains and artful draping, here at BookTrib all we could see was literature. From the sleek sequins of The Great Gatsby to the 60’s glamor of Valley of the Dolls, it seemed that Hollywood was taking its style cue from iconic novels. Not that we can blame them—books plus fabulous outfits equals a win-win as far as we’re concerned. Here are the best novel-inspired looks from Monday night’s red carpet: Debra Messing—Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West…

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