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Just the Right Book Podcast: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton

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Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump! Jacobs’ latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history. The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million. We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: 2009 VMA Run-in with Kanye West Did Not Damage Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation,’ Says Fan Fav Biography

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! The most unforgettable and bizarre year in VMA history was 2009. Michael Jackson was dead, Lady Gaga was gross, Brittany Spear’s made a comeback and Hip-Hop ruled. However, the one thing that is forever etched in the annals of VMA history was the moment Kanye West jumped on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year. Swift seemed genuinely shocked, as were most people in the audience and at home.  This single incident could have ended of both careers,…

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‘Like Slouch Socks and Fluorescent Reeboks’: Sipping Truth Tea with Bestselling Author Josh Sabarra

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“We go back like slouch socks and fluorescent Reeboks” is how I preface anything that I know will make my best friend facepalm. It is my way of reminding her that we have been friends for too long for her to be surprised by anything that comes out of my mouth. But, it’s not the what that is so meaningful, but the knowing that I can call her to talk about some of the serious issues of our time, and some of the silliest. She’s the one I can call to have an hour long conversation about how I detest candy corn and firmly believe that it is the Halloween candy people give you when they don’t like you. Whatever…

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2009 VMA Run-in with Kanye West Did Not Damage Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation,’ Says Fan Fav Biography

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The most unforgettable and bizarre year in VMA history was 2009. Michael Jackson was dead, Lady Gaga was gross, Brittany Spear’s made a comeback and Hip-Hop ruled. However, the one thing that is forever etched in the annals of VMA history was the moment Kanye West jumped on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year. Swift seemed genuinely shocked, as were most people in the audience and at home.  This single incident could have ended of both careers, but it had just the opposite effect. As a result of this awkward situation, both artists were catapulted into into super stardom. Kanye proved he was bad-ass and Taylor Swift became the darling of America and a…

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Take a Time Out: Happy National Dance Day!

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July 30 is National Dance Day! Instead of sitting on your bum and chillin’ on the couch, put that book to the side for just a few minutes and get in some good exercise — the fun way. Get down and boogie to celebrate this happiest of American holidays (which you probably didn’t hear about until right now). Whether your’re a jitterer, a gyrator, a ballerina, or a stand-with-your-hands-in-your-pockets-and-nod kind of dancer, everyone can crack a smile and do a little jig. Enjoy this fantastic high-energy playlist put together by the BookTrib writers for your dancing pleasure! Dance Move Examples:             Main Image: Courtesy ABC, via Bigstock.

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Oscar style hits and misses when Styling the Stars

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The 87th Academy Awards were last night and people won Oscars and stuff. But let’s focus on the most important part: the fashion. This year the red carpet was a mix of Old Hollywood, modern glamour, and a few outlandishly bizarre choices. Just the way we like it. In my opinion, it was the classic Hollywood influences that made the night. From jeweled shoulder straps to sleek silhouettes, this year’s award show was all about old world style. And I should know: I recently got my hands on Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren’s book, Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive (Insight Editions). This unique collection combines rare photographs, anecdotes and costume details spanning from the…

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Living for summer’s musical moments

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You know that feeling you get at a concert when your soul is singing the lyrics and your heart is playing the beat? You’re praying the music never stops, wishing you could stay in the moment forever. As I am sure you know, you are not alone. Erin Feinberg knows the feeling and so do Neil Peart of Rush and Bruce Springsteen. They have found a way to make it last forever. This familiar musical sensation is creatively shown in Feinberg’s Diehards, a book of black-and-white photos that invites readers on a journey to the spiritual world of live concerts. Including personal essays from Peart and Springsteen, it perfectly illustrates the universal power of a live music show. The combined…

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