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Have You Read This Oprah-Approved Alicia Keys Memoir?

In 2015 Oprah announced that she and Flatiron Books had started a new imprint that would focus on publishing nonfiction stories called “An Oprah Book,” and nearly four years later, back in March, we got the name of their first imprint title: More Myself by none other than Alicia Keys!

 

 

If you recall, the announcement itself was something special. It came out in a YouTube video where Alicia Keys unveiled the cover of her new book, describing it as “part autobiography, part narrative documentary.”

Check out the video below!

 

 

Back then, Oprah Magazine noted that “[w]ith this announcement, 2019 seems to be yet another breakout year for Keys” and ABC News quoted Flatiron as saying “the memoir [is] a ‘360-degree perspective’ on [Alicia’s] life, from her childhood in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan to her spectacular, Grammy-winning rise.”

It’s an awesome story, especially considering that Alicia Keys has made great strides in the past few years.

 

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In 2007, her third album, As I Am, had a Hot 100’s number one single “No One” and sold 5 million copies worldwide, according to MTVLater that year, the album earned three Grammy Awards. That same year she portrayed Georgia Sykes in the hit film Smokin’ Aces, a film which also starred Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds, and Chris Pine.

And now this Oprah-approved Alicia Keys’ memoir has hit a bookshelf near you just yesterday!

 

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Amazon describes it as “[a]n intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression.”

Want to get it? Do you? Well join me and click here to get it!

 

 

 

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Oprah Announces Latest Pick for Book Club Re-debut

Oprah’s Book Club is back and better than ever! Oprah Winfrey took to CBS’ This Morning on Monday to announce that she’s chosen Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer for the comeback of her book club.

 

 

Coates won the National Book Award in 2015 for his moving, autobiographical reflection on race in America, Between the World and Me. The Water Dancer is Coates’ first novel, but it has already generated a lot of buzz from critics. Oprah even called it one of the best books she’s ever read!

 

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Oprah’s Book Club first launched as a segment on Winfrey’s talk show in 1996, and it’s had a proven effect on book culture. The Winfrey stamp of approval has a history of massively boosting book sales. The segment came to an end in 2011 but was relaunched on Winfrey’s OWN TV network. Now, Winfrey is re-launching her book club through the Apple Books app in partnership with Apple TV. An interview between Winfrey and Coates discussing the author’s first novel is set to release on Apple TV on Nov. 1.

 

 

In a video announcement, Winfrey said, “Together with Apple we’re building a new book club for today’s world, for a more connected world, for the entire world.”

 

 

Coates described the pick by Winfrey as “a huge, huge honor for me,” adding that he’s humbled to be included among the other excellent authors Winfrey has picked for her book club.

 

 

 

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Liam and Miley Broke Up! Here’s 6 Books We Can Cry Into

Devastating news broke this weekend: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have separated. While the 29-year-old actor spends time with his brother, Thor, in Australia, Miley seems to be having the time of her life as she spends her days with blogger Kaitlynn Carter.

 

Liam and Miley, separated

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Their rocky on-again, off-again relationship seemed to get steady once the two got married, but now it seems they’ve split up for good. It’s a sad day indeed.

“You don’t understand what it’s like,” Liam told Daily Mail Australia when asked about the split. “I don’t want to talk about it, mate.”

 

Liam and Miley when they were together

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Any breakup is bad, it leaves both parties plagued with questions of ‘What If’, and as we sit on the sidelines we can’t help but feel a little sorry for both actors. So while Hemsworth and Cyrus pick up the pieces, here are 6 books we can cry into.

 

 

6-Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

The Fault in Our Stars

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What might be John Green’s magnum opus, The Fault in Our Stars tells a beautiful love story about two young people who, against the odds, find love.

We have precious Hazel Crace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer who falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor who seems too good to be true. Is he all he seems to be, or will he breaks this young girl’s heart?

 

Hazel Crace Lancaster and Augustus Waters

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The ultimate answer is ‘yes’ to both questions. August is all he seems to be and his love for Grace and her love for him shows that while life be cruel and give us a bad hand every once and a while, it can also be beautiful.

Want to cry your heart out? Or are you crying too many years already? Don’t worry! We have others picks and all you need to do is scroll down.

 

5-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Pride and Prejudice

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You won’t cry tears when reading this novel. Well, you might, but they will be tears of joy. Tears at the hilarious depiction of manners gone overboard, tears at the idea that marriage is all you need, and tears when Elizabeth Bennet finally convinces her father the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness.

 

"Pride and Prejudice" love

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Elizabeth Bennet marries who she wants to in the end, and he, against the odds loves her back. It’s a story about how love finds a way and, if it’s not meant to be, it won’t happen.

I’m crying already.

Don’t like this old book? Is the writing style too strange and foreign to you? Well, our next pick might be far more inclined with your modern tastes.

 

4-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

 

Twilight

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Twilight. Read the first book, get addicted, read the other three. It’s a story about a hot and cold romance (like Liam and Miley) that ultimately leads to marriage.

You know what happens next? It’s so beautiful, so wonderful…

They stay together and have a beautiful child!

 

Edward and Bella's baby

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And you know what happens to Jacob, that wonderful werewolf who was in love with Bella but she wasn’t in love with him? It doesn’t in tragedy, no, it ends with him imprinted on her child, ultimately proving that even if you breakup with someone you still have a chance to take care of their child and be apart of their life.

Too sentimental? Well….

 

 

 

3-The Shining by Stephen King

 

The Shining

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Now I know what you’re thinking: Why the Shining? Well, if you think the multiple breakups between Liam and Miley are bad, here’s a book that says ‘it could be worse’.

Now most of you have seen the film adaptation and I’m here to tell you the book is totally different. For one, Jack doesn’t go after his family with an ax, he goes after them with roque mallet!

 

Roque mallet

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Totally different.

Also instead of Jack trying to murder his wife and child and ultimately freezing to death, in the book he stops trying to kill his wife and child and instead scarifies himself by going after the ghosts which leads to him being simultaneously burnt and blown up!

 

Frozen Jack

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So if you think Liam and Miley’s breakup is the worst thing that could happen, well, we could have frozen/burned to death.

 

2-The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

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This book shows that even after a break-up, things can still be beautiful.

Meet Lucy. She and her boyfriend broke up nine years ago but she’s still picking the pieces. Nothing is going well. Tinder is filled with “douche bros” and the sea outside the Los Angeles home where she’s dog-sitting only shows her how lost and empty she is.

 

Merman

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But then Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer named Theo. He is a merman, and things only get weirder from there.

The Pisces is not only swimming with dark humor (standout lines include “As we kissed I imagined eating his tail with garlic butter and “the tail starts below the dick”), it proves that life, like the ocean, continues on and on even after the worst of tides.

 

1. THE PATH MADE CLEAR BY OPRAH WINFREY

 

The Path Made Clear

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As we cry over this sudden and unexpected breakup, there will come a time when we have to say enough is enough. But we might need some help in admitting that, so maybe we should open up and cry into this inspiring self-help novel by Oprah Winfrey.

 

Oprah

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Here, our Book Club Queen details the journey toward making your life both successful and meaningful, no matter how many breakups you or the people you care about go through. With ten easy-to-read chapters, this book helps you get teaches you key lessons for you to create the best course for their life. But that’s not all! Filled with Oprah’s own personal stories, this book helps to remind you that life might just have more to offer than you know!

Need focus after this heart-shattering break-up? This book is the one for you!

 

 

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Liam and Miley Broke Up! Here's 6 Books We Can Cry Into

Devastating news broke this weekend: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have separated. While the 29-year-old actor spends time with his brother, Thor, in Australia, Miley seems to be having the time of her life as she spends her days with blogger Kaitlynn Carter.
 
Liam and Miley, separated

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Their rocky on-again, off-again relationship seemed to get steady once the two got married, but now it seems they’ve split up for good. It’s a sad day indeed.
“You don’t understand what it’s like,” Liam told Daily Mail Australia when asked about the split. “I don’t want to talk about it, mate.”
 
Liam and Miley when they were together

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Any breakup is bad, it leaves both parties plagued with questions of ‘What If’, and as we sit on the sidelines we can’t help but feel a little sorry for both actors. So while Hemsworth and Cyrus pick up the pieces, here are 6 books we can cry into.
 

 

6-Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 
The Fault in Our Stars

Image Via Amazon

 
What might be John Green’s magnum opus, The Fault in Our Stars tells a beautiful love story about two young people who, against the odds, find love.
We have precious Hazel Crace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer who falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor who seems too good to be true. Is he all he seems to be, or will he breaks this young girl’s heart?
 
Hazel Crace Lancaster and Augustus Waters

Image Via IMDB

 
The ultimate answer is ‘yes’ to both questions. August is all he seems to be and his love for Grace and her love for him shows that while life be cruel and give us a bad hand every once and a while, it can also be beautiful.
Want to cry your heart out? Or are you crying too many years already? Don’t worry! We have others picks and all you need to do is scroll down.
 

5-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 
Pride and Prejudice

Image Via Amazon

 
You won’t cry tears when reading this novel. Well, you might, but they will be tears of joy. Tears at the hilarious depiction of manners gone overboard, tears at the idea that marriage is all you need, and tears when Elizabeth Bennet finally convinces her father the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness.
 
"Pride and Prejudice" love

Image Via The Imaginative Conservative.org

 
Elizabeth Bennet marries who she wants to in the end, and he, against the odds loves her back. It’s a story about how love finds a way and, if it’s not meant to be, it won’t happen.
I’m crying already.
Don’t like this old book? Is the writing style too strange and foreign to you? Well, our next pick might be far more inclined with your modern tastes.
 

4-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

 
Twilight

Image Via Amazon

 
Twilight. Read the first book, get addicted, read the other three. It’s a story about a hot and cold romance (like Liam and Miley) that ultimately leads to marriage.
You know what happens next? It’s so beautiful, so wonderful…
They stay together and have a beautiful child!
 
Edward and Bella's baby

Image Via Dorkly

 
And you know what happens to Jacob, that wonderful werewolf who was in love with Bella but she wasn’t in love with him? It doesn’t in tragedy, no, it ends with him imprinted on her child, ultimately proving that even if you breakup with someone you still have a chance to take care of their child and be apart of their life.
Too sentimental? Well….
 

 
 

3-The Shining by Stephen King

 
The Shining

Image Via Amazon

 
Now I know what you’re thinking: Why the Shining? Well, if you think the multiple breakups between Liam and Miley are bad, here’s a book that says ‘it could be worse’.
Now most of you have seen the film adaptation and I’m here to tell you the book is totally different. For one, Jack doesn’t go after his family with an ax, he goes after them with roque mallet!
 
Roque mallet

Image Via Varagesale

 
Totally different.
Also instead of Jack trying to murder his wife and child and ultimately freezing to death, in the book he stops trying to kill his wife and child and instead scarifies himself by going after the ghosts which leads to him being simultaneously burnt and blown up!
 
Frozen Jack

Image Via the13thFloor

 
So if you think Liam and Miley’s breakup is the worst thing that could happen, well, we could have frozen/burned to death.
 

2-The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

Image Via Refinery29

 
This book shows that even after a break-up, things can still be beautiful.
Meet Lucy. She and her boyfriend broke up nine years ago but she’s still picking the pieces. Nothing is going well. Tinder is filled with “douche bros” and the sea outside the Los Angeles home where she’s dog-sitting only shows her how lost and empty she is.
 
Merman

Image Via RedletterDays.co.uk

 
But then Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer named Theo. He is a merman, and things only get weirder from there.
The Pisces is not only swimming with dark humor (standout lines include “As we kissed I imagined eating his tail with garlic butter and “the tail starts below the dick”), it proves that life, like the ocean, continues on and on even after the worst of tides.
 

1. THE PATH MADE CLEAR BY OPRAH WINFREY

 
The Path Made Clear

Image Via Amazon

 
As we cry over this sudden and unexpected breakup, there will come a time when we have to say enough is enough. But we might need some help in admitting that, so maybe we should open up and cry into this inspiring self-help novel by Oprah Winfrey.
 
Oprah

Image Via The Guardian

 
Here, our Book Club Queen details the journey toward making your life both successful and meaningful, no matter how many breakups you or the people you care about go through. With ten easy-to-read chapters, this book helps you get teaches you key lessons for you to create the best course for their life. But that’s not all! Filled with Oprah’s own personal stories, this book helps to remind you that life might just have more to offer than you know!
Need focus after this heart-shattering break-up? This book is the one for you!
 

 
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Issa Rae to Adapt in Tayari Jones’ ‘Silver Sparrow’

HBO’s Insecure‘s fourth season won’t come to our screens until 2020, but its star and creator Issa Rae will remain busy with adapting bestselling authorTayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow into a film.

 

"Silver Sparrow" Cover-1

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Published by Algonquin Books, this 2012 novel is about two families whose daughters form a close friendship as they grow up during the 1980s in Atlanta, although only one of the daughters is aware that she and her friend are actually sisters.

 

"Silver Sparrow" Cover-2

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The book was lauded by  critics, however one of the most notable was Leigh Haber, books editor at Oprah.com, who wrote, “Why isn’t Jones a household name, and why isn’t this unputdownable book on every must-read list?”

 

Oprah and Tayari Jones

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Now OprahMag.com has announced that “Rae has optioned the film and will produce” it, with author Tayari Jones commenting, “I wrote Silver Sparrow as a tribute to my sisters. With Issa this labor of love is in safe hands,” after praising Issa Rae as “an artist who has a real understanding and commitment to presenting the lives of young women with complexity, humor, and heart.” Tayari Jones’, An American Marriage, is being made into a movie by Oprah herself.

 

Issa Rae

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This is only the latest development in Issa Rae’s ever-growing list of upcoming projects. Just last year Variety reported that “Issa Rae’s production company, ColorCreative, has signed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures” and “under the agreement, ColorCreative will work with and back projects from emerging, diverse screenwriters”.

Firing off on all cylinders, Hollywood Reporter soon announced towards the end of January that Robin Thede would to star, write and executive produce the HBO half-hour sketch comedy show, A Black Lady Sketch Show, “alongside Issa Rae and her HBO-based Issa Rae Productions banner”.

Now Issa Rae is working on adapted Silver Sparrow to the big screen. Issa Rae is said to produce the film herself, although no one is quite sure who is backing her.

 

 

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