Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: An Unlikely Relationship With Guns

In “Let It Bang,” the African-American journalist RJ Young writes of learning about firearms in order to nurture a connection with his white father-in-law.
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Louis Vuitton Launches Kishin Shinoyama Book in Tokyo

TOKYO — Louis Vuitton added five new titles to its “Fashion Eye” series of photo books this fall. On Thursday, the brand held a launch event at its Roppongi Hills store to commemorate the tome “Silk Road” by Kishin Shinoyama. The famed photographer is the first Japanese person to be selected as a part of the series.
The images in the book were originally published between 1981 and 1982 in eight separate volumes that included more than 1,200 photos. For the Vuitton edition, editor Patrick Remy cut this down to nearly 300, which was still far more than the roughly 70 to 80 shots that appear in the other Fashion Eye titles. So in order to keep the thickness of the book equal to that of the others in the series, the decision was made to use an extremely thin paper. Editorial director Julien Guerrier said it was a challenge to find a paper and printing method that would work without transparency issues, but eventually a solution was reached.
“It’s actually very fitting that you have this silk-like paper for a book on the Silk Road,” Guerrier said.
Shinoyama signed copies of the book and gave a short presentation at the event

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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Adapting a Book Critical of Trump for Their First Netflix Project

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama‘s first project for Netflix will be an adaption of a scathing book about President Trump‘s administration, The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis, according to the latest episode of Katie Couric’s podcast.

“ optioned the book to come up with a series for Netflix to help people better understand the government,” Katie Couric said during her interview with Lewis, who broke the news.

In May, the Obamas announced their decision to produce a variety of content for Netflix through their company Higher Ground Productions.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples,” the former president previously said, according to a Netflix press release, “and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

The Obamas’ adaption of The Fifth Risk will be their first endeavor in a series production. And it will serve as an entertaining and necessary “civics lesson,” explained Lewis, who is the author of other bestselling books that have been adapted to film, like The Big Short and Moneyball.

As with his other books, in The Fifth Risk Lewis informs and entertains readers about topics that can sometimes be considered tedious. During his interview with Couric, he explained how his book delves into what he sees as the huge issues that Trump’s administration is creating across departments in the federal government — issues that Lewis says are endangering the very stability of the country.

Despite Lewis’ condemnation of Trump, a spokesperson for the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, said that The Fifth Risk Netflix project would center around the “civic lessons” it presents and not attack Trump, according to The New York Times.

It will be a “humorous series demystifying the little-known ways in which federal agencies improve our lives and serve our nation, from the food we eat to the planes we travel on,” the spokeswoman told the Times.

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According to the author, problems in the administration began before and during the transition.

“Most everyone involved with , including Trump, were not prepared to win,” Lewis said. “He had not taken seriously the idea that he had to take over this operation.”

According to Lewis, the new president decided to appoint people into government office based on “appearance,” rather than experience.

As a result, many of the briefings that Obama’s team had prepared “for the better part of a year” to present to the new administration were not even seen, Lewis says. For instance, the Department of Energy would typically show incoming officials how to “manage the nuclear arsenal,” so they can “test atomic weapons without actually blowing one up,” Lewis explained.

“Three months ago, I was still getting briefings from very important people in the government that had never been given because no one had ever showed up to hear it,” Lewis said during the podcast. “It’s just a loss of knowledge. Who can run anything that way? There’s no decent argument for not learning about the thing you need to run.”

Lewis revealed that his book also delves into Trump’s alleged ties with Russia and how that affected his decisions during the transition. Specifically, Lewis addressed Trump’s decision to appoint Michael Flynn as national security adviser, despite then-senior aide Chris Christie’s warnings against the idea. Lewis argued that Flynn’s own ties to Russia are a “plausible explanation” as to why Trump wanted him on his team. (Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his connections with Russian officials.)

“I think had positive reasons for wanting chaos. I think they were friends of his… people who had connections to Russia like Mike Flynn, who he wanted to be able to put in important positions,” Lewis said. “I think thinks he functions better if things are not orderly.. was just kind of attracted to, ‘Let the chips fall where they may.’ ‘I’ll take care of all of this. I’ll decide who is going to be in the cabinet,’ mainly by casting them by appearance.”

Those type of staffing decisions have huge consequences, Lewis argued. The government is being dangerously mismanaged, according to his book. Lewis’ hope is to reframe Americans’ understanding of how government works.

“Trump is a symptom, not just cause here. We don’t elect someone who is so ignorant and negligent unless we have gotten to the point where we so misvalue and misunderstand the thing he’s running,” Lewis told Couric. “If society understood the government, if we all had a good civics lesson, we’d all say that person shouldn’t be running that because it’d be a catastrophe because that enterprise, the government, is really important.”

He continued: “The narrative needs to change first, that’s why I wrote the book… So people stop seeing the government as the problem and start seeing it as a tool, as a solution. If this society is going to survive, it’s got to happen.”


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New Book Sheds Light on Christian Dior’s Decorators

THINK PINK: The love affair between Christian Dior and interior design has been well documented, but relatively little is known about Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy, the decorators who helped to define the couturier’s identifying codes.
Maureen Footer, a historian specializing in the French decorative arts, seeks to shed a new light on the friendship between the three men in her book “Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy and the New Look,” published by Vendome Press and featuring a foreword by Hamish Bowles.
“I really believe that all applied arts and decorative arts are really coming from the same source: they’re a reflection of a moment in time,” Footer said at a book signing event at the English-language Galignani bookstore in Paris.
“And when I saw Dior’s house photographed in an old Vogue from the Fifties — because I’d worked at Vogue years ago – it always stayed with me that I was interested in Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy, and there was really nothing to be found,” she added.
She was tickled to discover that Geffroy, who designed Dior’s Paris apartment to reflect his eclectic tastes, wore makeup — more than half a century before the practice became widespread.

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Alexi Lubomirski Debuts Shanghai Show, Plans Sustainable-Minded Initiative, Finishing Children’s Book

IN THE LOOP: Shooting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement portrait and royal wedding rocketed Alexi Lubomirski to the worldwide stage. Building on that exposure, the New York photographer has unveiled an exhibition in Asia.
Alexi Lubomirski Studio teamed with ACDC Shanghai to unveil “Selected Portraits by Alexi Lubomirski,” a survey of his celebrity portraiture at MIFA 1862 in Harbour City, Shanghai.
Curated by ACDC’s Daniele Kim, there are shots of Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie and, of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among others. (More recently, Lubomirski photographed Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in Central Park.)
As for how the lensman would describe the speed of life in the past six months, he said via-email, “Personally it has been a whirlwind of crazy jobs, which included the royal wedding, cover shoots with some incredible celebrities, and the portraits taken at the Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary show, of people such as Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen and many others.”
Taking the longer view, he added, “In the industry, the past six to 12 months have seen a lot of reassessment. In the current cultural and political environment, individual creatives, as well as companies and brands, are being asked to clarify

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President Donald Trump has responded to the claims that he used racial slurs on the set of “The Apprentice,” which have stemmed from former senior adviser and “The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book, “Unhinged.” On Saturday, reporters asked the president while on his golf course if he felt betrayed by Manigault Newman: “Lowlife. She’s […]

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Louis Vuitton Celebrates 20 Years of Women’s Wear in New Book

To mark 20 years since Louis Vuitton launched its first women’s ready-to-wear collection in 1998, a definitive volume titled “Louis Vuitton Catwalk” is coming out this summer.
Prefaced by Financial Times’ fashion editor Jo Ellison, the 632-page volume retraces the collections designed by the house’s two artistic directors, Marc Jacobs (1998-2013) and incumbent head of women’s wear Nicolas Ghesquière.
The book includes 1,350 photographs of memorable silhouettes and their details, accompanied by texts by writer and fashion curator Louise Rytter.
Published in English by Thames & Hudson, the book will be available from this month at Louis Vuitton boutiques before a wider release in libraries.
“Louis Vuitton Défilés,” the French edition, will be released by the Editions de la Martinière in Septembre and later In the year in Italian.

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New Book Reveals Barbara and George H.W. Bush’s Secret to a 73-Year Marriage: Never Sleep in Separate Beds

George H.W. and Barbara Bush‘s epic love story is chronicled in a new book by their granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa that reveals details about the former first couple’s “secret” engagement and advice on a lasting marriage. (“It’s a two-way street!”)

A week before her death on April 17 at the age of 92, Barbara Bush gave a last interview for Sosa’s book, George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story, out Friday. According to Sosa, Barbara was “still bright and candid — and in love with my grandfather.”

“You have to go 75 percent of the way,” Barbara said after Sosa asked for marital advice, according to the book. “Be thoughtful and make things nice for your husband or wife … it’s a two-way street.”

She added, “I believe I’ve had a very happy marriage and I’m having a happy marriage.”

George and Barbara shows how deeply Sosa’s grandparents loved and respected each other. The book references some of the numerous love letters the couple wrote each other during WWII, and reveals that George was adamant about remaining sexually abstinent until he was married.

“Some men and women who were uncertain of their fates decided to skip the long-established rule of waiting until marriage, but George and his older brother Prescott did not agree,” Sosa writes.

George and Barbara shared their first kiss before he left for training, which was “a first for both of them.”

While it’s well-known that the young couple married on Jan. 6, 1945, after a “secret” engagement, the book sheds light on how news of their engagement first leaked. During WWII, George served as a Navy pilot, while Barbara pursued studies at Smith College before eventually dropping out. They’d privately agreed to get married when George returned home on leave, but Sosa writes that their secret didn’t last long.

“A classmate at Smith kept pressing Barbara to go out on a double date,” Sosa writes. “After Barbara declined a few times, the classmate decided she must not like men and said she was an item with her roommate, Margie. That’s when Margie told everyone Barbara was actually engaged to George Bush.”

After word got out, the couple told their parents and friends. Their wedding announcement ran in The New York Times, and George made sure to keep a copy.

It remained in his wallet for decades, Sosa writes.

The book also excerpts one love letter George wrote to Barbara on Dec. 12, 1943.

“I love you, precious, with all of my heart and to know that you love me means my life,” he said. “How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you.”

The couple’s son, former President George W. Bush, pays tribute to his parents’ 73-Year marriage in the foreword for the book, writing, “Because they were more committed to their marriage than they were to themselves, they were each willing to sacrifice their own needs in order to satisfy the other’s. Throughout my life, Mother and Dad demonstrated truly selfless love.”

The couple’s deep connection supported a relationship that spanned more than seven decades. Together George and Barbara navigated their daughter’s death (Robin died of leukemia when she was three), and the ups and downs of George’s political career and failed reelection bid. (George H.W. Bush served one term as the 41st U.S. president and his son George W. Bush went on to serve two terms as the 43rd president.)

Even when their health began to fail, the Bushes’ love gave them strength.

“Their doctor suggested that consider sleeping in separate beds because rest is so important at their age,” Sosa writes. “But they refused for as long as possible. George argued that when he woke in the middle of the night, he needed to be able to reach out and know that Barbara was there.”

Since Barbara’s death, George H.W. Bush, 93, has been in and out of the hospital. But he still considers himself lucky.

“Enjoying a great book and a wonderful walk down memory lane this morning,” George H.W. Bush tweeted on Friday, holding a copy of his granddaughter’s book. “Yet another reminder of just how lucky I have been in life.”

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Louis Vuitton Unveils ‘Route 66’ Book With Thomas Ott

ROLLING DOWN ROUTE 66: Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of “Route 66” in Chicago last Thursday, one of four new titles within its Travel Book series that features the artwork of Thomas Ott.
The 152-page hardcover book traces the graphic artist’s journey along the historic route through a series of black-and-white illustrations, created using a knife and coated scratchboard. Ott is now taking the book on the road again, literally, making a stop in Santa Fe and concluding his book tour at the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica on Thursday.
The Zurich-based artist chose Route 66 as the focus for the book. “At first they wanted to send me to Shanghai or Beijing, but I figured out that too much architecture doesn’t inspire me,” Ott said. “I am very happy they agreed about Route 66, even though they said it’s not our main destination.”
In June 2015, Ott and a friend began the journey in a new Dodge Charger. It wasn’t the vintage Ford Mustang convertible he envisioned, but this one proved more comfortable in the end, as it had AC.
“I brought all my stuff for drawing. I was so nervous because the road was so long,” he said. “Finally, I just

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TIME TRAVELS: Tsumori Chisato rolled it all in one, throwing a party to celebrate her 25th anniversary book and presenting her fall collection in a cheerful two-floor space in the Marais neighborhood in Paris. Her label is actually a few years older than 25, but it took a bit longer to get the book finished. The decades have flown, noted the active Japanese designer, known for her extensive travels.
“It feels very short, time is so fast,” she said.
Upstairs was a retrospective of her pieces; a dress worn by Vanessa Paradis on the front of a magazine sat in one corner. Another dress had a large owl embroidered on the front, stitched with yarn: “From my travels to Sweden,” Chisato said.
In the next room, a fan from Italy flipped through the book, published by Rizzoli and written by Chisato and Helena Christensen. She discovered an image of the dress she was wearing in the book, and pointed it out to Chisato, catching looks from other guests who were surprised to hear the blonde woman speak Japanese. “We’ve been friends for years, I know her from Rome,” Chisato explained.
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Kenneth Ning Produces Film, Look Book Instead of Show

Add Kenneth Ning to the list of designers who have eschewed runway shows this season.
The New York-based designer, who launched his collection in 2015, has partnered with multimedia artist Patrick Welde and art director Anthony Stephinson to showcase his fall collection.
Ning handed over his completed line to the two men, and they returned “The Twisted System,” a look book and short film that was shot over several days in Paris.
“It was time for me to take a new presentation direction with my collection,” said Ning. “The influencer has grown to huge importance with retailers and consumers. Patrick has a great eye and the past client experience I am looking for in shaping my brand to a more international retailer and consumer.”
Ning’s fall collection blends streetwear and tailoring with pieces that provide what he described as “a twisted dream state,” consisting of  unusual proportions and fabrics that range from flannel tartans to plaids.
Welde is part of the growing Parisian avant-garde scene and has worked with brands and publications including Balenciaga and Antidote Magazine.

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By the Book: Niall Ferguson: By the Book

The historian, biographer and author talks about the books he reads and re-reads, and the ones he is very happy not to read.
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By the Book: Daniel Mendelsohn: By the Book

Daniel Mendelsohn on his fondness of literary criticism, the classics and books about home decor and haute couture.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Goddess of Anarchy’

Jacqueline Jones discusses her new biography of Lucy Parsons, a woman born into slavery who became an outspoken advocate for the working classes.
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By the Book: Francis Ford Coppola: By the Book

The filmmaker shares the novels that most influenced his movie career and why he no longer looks to books for material for his films.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Elif Shafak on Mixing Faith and Doubt

In Shafak’s new novel, “Three Daughters of Eve,” a woman attends a dinner party in Istanbul and flashes back to charged friendships during her college days.
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By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book

The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Debating Pot in America

Emily Dufton discusses “Grass Roots,” her look at the history of activism on both sides of the marijuana debate.
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By the Book: John Hodgman: By the Book

The author of, most recently, “Vacationland,” doesn’t like to talk about writing with other writers. “We mostly talk about TV.”
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Nonfiction: Muhammad Ali, Beginning to End for the First Time in a Book

Jonathan Eig’s “Ali: A Life” is the first major biography to include the fighter’s final years, Parkinson’s and all.
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Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

The film version of a book often has an unfair advantage. But R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel offers much more than meets the eye.
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The Book Review Podcast: O Pioneers!

Caroline Fraser talks about “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Tiya Miles discusses “The Dawn of Detroit.”
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Sir Vince Cable ‘too good’ for Bad Sex book award

The Liberal Democrat leader’s novel Open Arms isn’t shortlisted for the prize, despite “many” nominations.
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By the Book: Andy Weir: By the Book

The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Capturing the Elusive Robert Frank

R J Smith’s “American Witness” is a biography of the pioneering photographer and filmmaker.
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The Book Review Podcast: Kurt Andersen on Channeling President Trump

Andersen talks about “You Can’t Spell America Without Me”; Liza Mundy discusses “Code Girls”; and Maria Russo on the season’s children’s books.
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The Book Review Podcast: The American Revolution in Six Lives

Russell Shorto talks about “Revolution Song,” and Richard Aldous discusses his new biography of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
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By the Book: Krysten Ritter: By the Book

The actress and author of a thriller, “Bonfire,” can’t read on the set of “Jessica Jones”: “It is crazy exciting! But it’s not a reading environment.”
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By the Book: Ron Chernow: By the Book

The author of “Hamilton,” “Titan” and most recently “Grant,” is a slow reader: “It’s a shameful thing to admit for someone who writes such long books.”
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Unbuttoned: Calvin Klein’s First Coffee-Table Book Is R-Rated History

In a 463-page tome, the designer looks back on his experience pushing boundaries.
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Maria Cornejo Fetes Book at Melrose Place Boutique

Maria Cornejo traveled to the West Coast to celebrate the release of her first book “Maria Cornejo: Zero 1997-2017+” on Tuesday night. Marisa Tomei, Mallery Roberts Morgan, Madeline Stuart, Sylvia Chivaratanond and April Uchitel hosted the signing and cocktail celebration at her Los Angeles boutique on Melrose Place.

Maria Cornejo signs her book at her Melrose Place boutique. 

“It was coming up to 20 years and I thought it was very important to have a record, especially of the early years that really were the heart and soul of what it is,” said Cornejo. “It was an amazing way to archive and I was the only one who knew everything. It was also to refocus the company and what it was about and to get the energy back.”
Cornejo has worked with her husband and daughter for years. “Especially my husband in the beginning, a lot of the spirit and creative we started together in the [New York] space, which was never meant to be a fashion store. It was meant to be a gallery,” she said.
She asked fashion writers Nicole Phelps, Tim Black and Jerry Stafford to write the words, noting, “I especially wanted Nicole to write it from a woman’s point

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Book News: Australia’s Amazon Book Battle

The online retailer is moving in. Booksellers are nervous. But disrupting Australians’ reading habits might not be so easy to do.
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Book Publishers Go Back to Basics

After a decade of technological upheaval and lackluster growth, executives at the top four U.S. consumer book publishers say they are done relying on newfangled formats to boost growth.
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By the Book: Tom Hanks: By the Book

Tom Hanks, the actor, producer, director and author of a new story collection, “Uncommon Type,” has no desire to read novels of murder and conspiracy.
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Grace Coddington, Michael Roberts Host Book Signing at London’s Smythson Store

BOOK SIGNING: “There’s a slight familiarity with Gingernutz — she’s me,” said Grace Coddington at the London book signing of “GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan” on Thursday evening.
Held at the Smythson store on New Bond Street, British designers including Erdem Moralioğlu, E. Tautz owner and creative director Patrick Grant and Stephen Jones were among the guests who turned up to show support.
Coddington recalled the first time she encountered the main character — illustrated by longtime friend Michael Roberts — and thought she was so cute. Roberts had drawn a series of illustrations from the point of view of a baby orangutan and depicted the little ape’s journey navigating the fashion world. Alongside her book, Coddington will also be contributing to the December issue of British Vogue.
“I have already contributed,” Coddington said. “And I can’t wait for it to come out. I’ve only done one and it’s at the early stages. Edward [Enninful] loved it and that’s the main thing. I loved it. I’m very happy with it. It’s a surprise.”
While Coddington, couldn’t divulge too many details, she noted that working with British Vogue’s new editor in chief was a great experience. “We’re friends so we go back

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Grandma Accidentally Buys 6-Year-Old Granddaughter a NSFW Children’s Book: ‘She Was Mortified!’ Says Daughter

One grandmother was recently reminded to not judge a book by its cover when she bought one filled with dirty words for her 6-year-old granddaughter—which, luckily, had the whole family (except her) cracking up.

“My mother was at Barnes & Noble buying magazines for my dad, and she just saw this book and thought my daughter would like it,” Tiffany, 32, (who declined to give her last name) tells PEOPLE. “Emmersyn is 6 so she thought it would be something that would be easy for her to read.”

Tiffany’s mother, Geri, ended up buying If Animals Could Talk by Carla Butwin and Josh Cassidy, a seemingly innocuous book featuring a cartoon bear, alligator and blowfish on its cover, which could easily be mistaken for a traditional children’s book.

As they would soon find out, it was far from that.

Because Emmersyn usually likes to read My Little Pony and I SPY books, she didn’t pick out grandma’s book for her nightly reading until almost two weeks later on October 3. That’s when Emmersyn pointed out a word she didn’t quite understand to her dad, Cody, 32—and he immediately ran to Tiffany who was washing up after dinner.

“He handed it over to me and I was like, ‘Oh my god!’ We just started laughing,” Tiffany says. “I called my mom and asked her if she looked inside the book, and she said she hadn’t. I tried to read a few pages to her but I was laughing too hard. I finally regained my composure, and she was mortified!”

When she finished laughing, Tiffany took to Twitter to post about the incident, and her followers found it hilarious, as well. Her tweet has accumulated more than 200,000 likes and 73,000 retweets. As of October 5, the book’s listing on Amazon currently has it listed as “temporarily out of stock.”

Grandma Geri was “a little annoyed” when finding out her daughter posted the story to social media, but Tiffany assured her that it was all in good fun.

The couple plans to keep If Animals Could Talk around the house, they just have to make sure curious Emmersyn and her siblings—Carson, 3, and Harper, 1—don’t get their hands on it just yet.

“It’s a great coffee table book as long as you keep it away from kids, but I actually tweeted at the author and he said we should regift it to Emmersyn for her 18th birthday,” she says. “I think we will, and we’ll write a little excerpt about what happened. I’m not sure if I can actually keep it without losing it for 12 years, but I’m sure going to try!”


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‘Alt-Right’ Children’s Book Shelved For Blatantly Copying Pepe The Frog

So long “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede.” You were, erm, very bigoted and uncreative.
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By the Book: Jennifer Egan: By the Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Visit From the Goon Squad” and the forthcoming “Manhattan Beach” reads only what she craves: “If I try to read a book I’m not hungry for, I won’t enjoy it.”
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‘Today’ Show Teams Supports Savannah Guthrie at Book Party Hosted by Nanette Lepore

AFTER HOURS: The “Today” show team always has an up-and-at-’em start to the work day, but that didn’t deter the morning crew from supporting Savannah Guthrie at her book party at Nanette Lepore’s showroom Thursday night.
NBC’s Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb, Bobbie Thomas and Willie Geist (who now coanchors MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”) turned up at the rooftop cocktail party. Newcomer Megyn Kelly, who kicked off her much-anticipated run on the morning show earlier in the week, was not in the crowd. Musician Jon Bon Jovi, who at one time was NBC’s artist in residence, made the rounds. Lepore opened up her West 35th Street showroom to about 70 guests who helped Guthrie celebrate the children’s book “Princesses Wear Pants.” The pair first met a few years ago when the designer did a fashion trend segment with Thomas on the morning show.
Lepore was on board with the empowerment message of Guthrie’s book, as well as its fashion theme, a company spokeswoman said. While Guthrie signed some books, partygoers indulged in mini Guinness beers and short-rib sandwiches, compliments of Peter Callahan Catering. As she routinely does on air, the guest of honor wore a look from Lepore, in this case an

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By the Book: Celeste Ng: By the Book

The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”
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Bill Maher Uses Children’s Book To Explain Donald Trump’s Deal With Democrats

“Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they’re city mice and that’s who a consummate New Yorker like Donald Trump relates to.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Ways We Inherit Historical Traumas

In “Survivor Café,” Elizabeth Rosner writes about how we recognize and cope with the traumas that directly affected previous generations.
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The Comic Book Industry Officially Has No Excuse Not To Hire Women

Thanks to the #VisibleWomen hashtag, which gathers together names and skills of gifted women in the comic book biz.
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By the Book: Nicole Krauss: By the Book

The author of “Great House,” “The History of Love” and, most recently, “Forest Dark” prefers to read classic novels on the plane: “Twelve hours in economy is not the moment to gamble on a book.”
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Sir Quentin Blake illustrates Roald Dahl’s final book, 26 years on

Roald Dahl’s last children’s book finally gets the Sir Quentin Blake treatment after 26 years.
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Spy chief’s family book to hit back at Hollywood

The family of a former Bletchley Park boss are set to publish a biography of his life after being “deeply offended” by how he was portrayed as a “baddie” by Hollywood.
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Legendary NYT Book Critic Michiko Kakutani Is Stepping Down

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By the Book: Jesmyn Ward: By the Book

The author of, most recently, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is a self-described “reading glutton” who reads everything: “Each genre fulfills a different need I have. Each book teaches me something.”
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By the Book: Louise Penny: By the Book

The author of mystery novels, most recently “Glass Houses,” recommends reading her fellow Canadian writer Margaret Atwood: “And I don’t just say that because the government compels me to.”
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NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book

NFL player lives on $  60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this bookAn alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won’t fall into that category.



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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Patricia Williams Goes From Crime to Comedy

In her new memoir, “Rabbit,” the standup comedian tells how she overcame a young life of poverty and drug dealing to become a performer.
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Stuart Thompson, Broadway Producer of ‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘Mean Girls,’ Dies at 62

Stuart Thompson, the longtime theater producer and general manager of shows including “The Book of Mormon” and the upcoming musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” died in New York on Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 62. A well-liked figure in the Broadway community and the winner of six Tony Awards, Thompson was the… Read more »

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Eat Only When You’re Hungry’

Lindsay Hunter discusses her new novel about a man’s road trip as he searches for his drug-addicted son.
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NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to Talk Fashion at 92Y Book Launch With Rizzoli

WESTBROOK’S FAN BASE: The NBA’s two-time MVP award winner Russell Westbrook will be the first athlete to get the grilling from Fern Mallis at 92Y.
The stylish point guard will take to the stage Sept. 11 during New York Fashion Week. The Olympian will be talking up his new Rizzoli-backed book “Russell Westbrook: Style Drivers,” which is due out early next month. Westbrook teamed with artist Raymond Pettibon for the cover’s combo of sports and fine art. After brainstorming with Westbrook in March, Pettibon, an avid sports fans, wound up doing three different covers, the endpapers and chapter openers.
Admittedly, the Q&A is “somewhat of a departure and a little stretch” for Mallis, but she was game after Rizzoli’s publisher Charles Miers suggested the idea. She has also met the six-time NBA All-Star here and there at fashion shows. “We’ve run into each other in the city. I like him,” Mallis said. “And I grew up in a basketball family. I love basketball. Being a New Yorker, the Knicks are my team. But my dad was a basketball coach in his early youth, and my cousins were all [taller than] six feet and they played basketball.”
The $ 55 photography-heavy book is meant to

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Season With Dickens, Darwin and Disraeli

Rosemary Ashton’s “One Hot Summer” recounts a pivotal year in Victorian history.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Reading With Patrick’

Michelle Kuo talks about her experience teaching a troubled student in Arkansas, first in school and then while he sat in jail on a murder charge.
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Lights On, Rats Out’

Cree LeFavour talks about her new memoir, and Andrew Sean Greer discusses his new novel, “Less.”
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By the Book: Jane Green: By the Book

The author of “The Sunshine Sisters” is drawn to books by their covers: “There is still nothing like browsing in a bookstore with all the time in the world, allowing myself to be drawn to whatever catches my eye.”
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Hillary Clinton’s New Book Will Be Called ‘What Happened’

“Writing ‘What Happened’ was hard, so is what we see every day.”
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Hillary Clinton’s New Book Will Be Called ‘What Happened’

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Guo Pei to Be Focus of SCAD Exhibition and Upcoming Rizzoli Book

EXHIBIT SET: The Savannah College of Art & Design has confirmed the dates for what will be Guo Pei’s first solo museum exhibition.
The show will bow Sept. 7 at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, and will feature 30 of the designer’s intricate gowns, footwear and accessories, including the imperial yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015. Although the musician and designer have not collaborated since that most-photographed choice, the blizzard of publicity their pairing established two years ago introduced Pei’s work to millions.
SCAD is counting on a New York-based creative collective HOWL that includes three photographers who are alumni — Jim Lind, Patrick O’Brien and Elliot Ross — to capture Pei’s designs in a monograph. The fourth member Forest Woodward is the only non-SCAD graduate. While individually the lensmen have worked with Patagonia, Carhartt and National Geographic, among other well-known brands, this is the four-year-old group’s first major fashion undertaking. Due out in December by Rizzoli, the book will also be a first for the designer. Along with photos of archival pieces, there will be a total of 44 images including some shot on old plantations such

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Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Affluence Without Abundance’

In his new book, James Suzman writes about the Bushmen hunter-gatherers and what they have taught him about how the modern world lives.
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The Book Review Podcast: Steve Bannon’s Road to the White House

Joshua Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Laura Dassow Walls discusses her new biography of Thoreau; and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on “The Fact of a Body.”
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By the Book: Calvin Trillin: By the Book

The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
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When a Comic Book Hillbilly and Milton Collide

Gary Panter — known for his punk graphics, the sets of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and Jimbo — returns to graphic novels with a phantasmagoric take on “Paradise Regained.”
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Books News: Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book

Mr. Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has written a work for children, inspired by his heritage, about a young Dominican girl in Manhattan.
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Junot Díaz Wrote A Kid’s Book So His Goddaughters Could Feel Represented

He said they longed for “stories that resonated for them and included them.”
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Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Why,’ About the Science of Curiosity

In his new book, Mario Livio delves into the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and speaks with people who have extreme curiosity.
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Comey’s Writing a Book, and Publishers Are Eager to Pay Big Money for It

Mr. Comey’s book, which will address his run-ins with President Trump and other moments in his career, is expected to go to auction this coming week.
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The Book Review Podcast: The World of Jane Austen Fans

Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”
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By the Book: Allegra Goodman: By the Book

The author of “The Chalk Artist” admires Mary Garth in “Middlemarch”: “She is not only brave and witty, but totally sane. That’s hard to write. Madness is easy. A character with good sense is a tour de force.”
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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘In the Days of Rain’

Rebecca Stott discusses her new work of memoir and history, about life in a closed Christian world in England.
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Ladies Who Book Club Have Always Been The Glue Of Resistance

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The Book Review Podcast: The History of the London Zoo

Isobel Charman talks about “The Zoo,” and R. L. Stine discusses scary stories for children.
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By the Book: A. Scott Berg: By the Book

The biographer and consulting producer of Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” might have been a doctor — “if only that didn’t require courses in biology, physics and organic chemistry. Oh…and med school.”
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Rodial’s Maria Hatzistefanis Releases Book in the U.K.

SUCCESS SECRETS: Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and chief executive officer of the indie British beauty label Rodial — and social media maven — is looking to connect with her growing audience in new ways and has launched her first book.
Titled “How to Be an Overnight Success,” (Ebury Press) the book looks at Hatzistefanis’ journey to create a global beauty brand.
“The aim is to encourage everyone to follow their dreams; whether it’s someone starting their first job, people looking to take their careers to the next level or take a different turn and start their own businesses,” said Hatzistefanis.
The book takes the reader through stages of Hatzistefanis’ career, and each chapter ends with general business advice that anyone can apply to their respective cases.
It also offers up anecdotes about all the mishaps she encountered over the years. She talks about running around the Westfield mall at the last minute, desperate to find a nude bra ahead of a shoot with Kylie Jenner. Jenner had been acting as brand ambassador for the company’s lower-priced range Nip + Fab.
Looking back, Hatzistefanis said she learned how important it was to gain perspective. “I was so stressed, and looking back I realize that whatever I was

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Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

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This Is the Book Sarah Jessica Parker Thinks You Should Read

Back in February, the American Library Association announced that it would be partnering with actress Sarah Jessica Parker to launch Book Club Central, a website with book picks and resources for readers. After months of waiting, we finally have SJP’s first pick: Stephanie Powell Watts’ No One Is Coming to Save Us ($ 18, amazon.com).

Watts’ debut, which was released in April, is a modern day retelling of The Great Gatsby with an African American family in North Carolina. We meet JJ Ferguson, who stirs up drama when he moves back to his declining hometown to build his dream mansion and win back his high school sweetheart, Ava. With lyrical prose, Watts timely novel explores race and the American Dream today.

Going forward, as honorary chair of Book Club Central, Parker will give recommendations for books for the rest of the year, with the next pick coming in the fall. 

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” Parker said in an announcement. “I’m thrilled to help champion original voices for dedicated readers as well as for a new generation, supporting libraries in what they do best.”

This isn’t Parker’s first foray into the book world, either. She has long promoted her favorite books on Instagram (among her recentpicks are Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy). Next year, she’ll launch SJP for Hogarth, her own publishing sub-imprint within Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. As editorial director, she’ll help find and edit three to four novels a year, according to the New York Times.

For more on Book Club Central, visit www.bookclubcentral.org.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.
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By the Book: Emma Straub: By the Book

The author of “Modern Lovers” keeps her youth on a shelf: “There are books I loved in my teens and 20s that I would not love now, but it’s still nice to see them there, as a reminder of a person I used to be.”
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Kickstarter Aims To Give Book On Black Boy Joy To Public Schools

At some point in their lives, black men are forced to realize that no matter what they do, some people will never see their humanity.

To counter the negative perception of black men and boys, Chicago native Valerie Reynolds authored “The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy.” The book follows a blissfully innocent adolescent named Roy in Chi City as he gets to interact with historical black figures like Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass and Jackie Robinson.

“Roy takes readers on a journey of joy through a historic adventure reminding us that many remarkable black men were once joyful little black boys,” the book’s publisher, Hurston Media Group, said in a statement to HuffPost.

Reynolds told HuffPost why her book is so relevant to the present social climate. 

“It is very important to ensure little black boys are aware of the joy that they possess, much like the historical figures highlighted in the book,” Reynolds told HuffPost in an email Tuesday. “Now, more than ever, it is critical to counter the dominant narrative that mostly portrays black men and boys as dangerous, violent and criminal.”

In order to ensure her message reaches the masses, Reynolds began a Kickstarter campaign. She aims to raise $ 7,500 not only for the book’s printing costs but also to donate copies to public schools throughout the country. As of Tuesday, the campaign has reached 70 percent of its goal. 

On the book’s Kickstarter page, Reynolds points to the killing of Terence Crutcher by Officer Betty Shelby to illustrate the necessity of positive representations of black boys. In audio footage from a helicopter that hovered over the scene of the killing, a police officer is heard typecasting Crutcher by saying he looked like a “bad dude.”

“This ‘big bad dude’ scared her because her understanding of Black men has been shaped by distorted images, stories, and depictions of Black men that are conjured by the media … media misrepresentations have real and tragic consequences,” Reynolds wrote on the campaign page. 

“We want this book to remind little Black boys who they are and whom they come from,” she continued. “We also hope that this book illuminates the humanity of Black boys and reminds everyone that we are more alike than we are different.”

The pledge levels start at $ 5, and each donation of $ 27 or higher comes with one or more copies of the book, along with other small items. Some pledge levels are named after young black men and boys who have lost their lives to police shootings or other racially charged violence. 

Reynolds hopes that by August, the book will make its way to classrooms and be available in retail stores. 

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