Erotic Thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey” to Hit the Big Screen

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Erotic e-book Fifty Shades of Grey is an Internet sensation and it may soon be a movie as well. Vintage Books recently signed a seven-figure deal for rights to the tantalizing tale, and now Universal Pictures and Focus Features have purchased the film rights to the book many are calling “Twilight for Mommies.”   

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9 Cool Bookstores

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As an avid reader I love to order books from Amazon or swap novels online, however there’s something special about walking into a brick-and-mortar bookstore and searching for a great book. However, not all bookstores are boring chains. Below are 9 cool stores that delight bibliophiles around the world.

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Get Your Fact Fix With mental_floss's Book of Lists

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Do you like making lists? How about reading list-based blogs or news articles? If so, you may want to check out mental_Floss: The Book: Only the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory.

To create The Book, the curious folks behind mentalfloss.com ("where knowledge junkies get their fix"), spent a decade hunting up the world's most fascinating tidbits and then listing them for your reading pleasure. Some of the lists in the book of lists include:

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Courtney Love to Pen Tell-All Book

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Courtney Love plans to “set the record straight” in a new tell-all book to be published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, the publisher announced on Thursday.

“Although Love is often associated with her deceased husband, music legend and front man of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, she has had an incredible artistic career of her own crisscrossing into music, film, popular culture and fashion,” William Morrow representative Lynn Grady said in a statement. “True to form, Love will hold nothing back in the telling of her life story.”

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Palin and Obama Romance in New Novel

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Hawaii is an ideal setting for a love story and politicians are perfect characters. A new ebook by investigative reporter Howard Decker poses the question: Were Sarah Palin and Barack Obama lovers when they both lived in Honolulu in the early 1980s?

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Michele Bachmann Shares Private Life in New Book

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Publishing memoirs are common practices for political candidates and the latest Republican to hop on the bandwagon is Michele Bachmann. Scheduled for release in November, the currently untitled book will delve into Bachmann's private life "including her roles as a tax attorney, a wife, a mother of five and a foster mother of 23."

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Controversial Book for Chubby Children

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A new children's book coming in October claims to be an inspirational story aimed toward ages 6 and up. While some agree, many more others are outraged.

Maggie Goes on a Diet tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who grows tired of being called "fatty", loses weight, and becomes the school soccer star. Supporters say it's good to promote healthy eating and exercise, while critics cry that a diet book for children will trigger eating disorders.

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Businesses are Banking on Power Moms

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Forget single moms and soccer moms; a whole new category of moms is attracting all the attention. Mom Marketing expert Maria Bailey talks about them in her new book, Power Moms: The New Rules for Engaging Mom Influencers Who Drive Brand Choice.

"She's the stereotypical 1980s PTA mom on steroids," Bailey says, "with her sphere of influence reaching other moms across the U.S. and often around the globe."

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A Girl's Guide to the Secrets of Strip Clubs

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Raw and controversial, The Naked Truth in a Gentlemen’s Club aims to clarify myths and assumptions about strippers. Valarie Amber, a top VIP dancer in Las Vegas and New York, is informing girls on everything they need to know from the different types of customers to making top dollar while sustaining longevity.

"Women today have it hard enough fighting for respect in this industry, but I am ready to answer any tough question," Amber said. "My book is here to clear up the myths that are believed about the strip clubs. It’s a growing industry where there are no guidelines for a dancer on how to conduct business, until now."

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Harley Ridin' Hotties in Biker Book

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12 to 18 percent of motorcycling enthusiasts are women and the numbers keep growing. Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq chose to shine their Harleys' headlights on 22 females who are at the forefront of the remarkable culture of women motorcyclists with their book, Biker Chicz of North America.

"Our original intention was to focus on mainstream women motorcycle riders who are more or less the average girl next door … but somehow we ended up with women whom we consider to belong to the current royalty of North American female bikers. The only criteria we were looking for was that they had inspiring stories to tell and that they rode a Harley-Davidson," says Winterhalder.

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