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How Anastasia Higginbotham’s Book Series Helps Kids Navigate Tough Topics Like Death & Race

Should parents and guardians shield kids from scary topics like death and racism? Author Anastasia Higginbotham, who is featured in PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, says no.

“It’s important because they are part of kids’ everyday reality,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “They’re something that we often think of as adult subjects, as too complicated or too painful for children to have to think about… But they are experienced.”

The 47-year-old mother of two created her children’s book series Ordinary Terrible Things — which delves into tough topics like divorce, death, sex, and race — because she believes that children need a medium in which to learn about and discuss the hardest aspects of life. Higginbotham’s latest book in the series, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, is the first children’s picture book to break down white supremacy.

“I think that children who read my work see their own internal lives on the page. Some of the bigger, harder-to-manage emotions, they’re on the page,” Higginbotham explains. “There’s a sense of not being so alone, there’s a sense of, ‘My life is important,’ ‘What I’m going through is important, even though it’s ordinary.’ Half of all families are experiencing divorce, and everybody has to face death.”

She continues, “ permission to feel everything. And permission to say some of the things out loud.”

Acting as both writer and illustrator, Higginbotham released her first book, Divorce Is the Worst, in 2015. It helps the kids of divorced parents by validating their individual experiences, she explains. The book also helps the adults.

“You want to show up for your kids in the best way, but maybe you question your own capacity to do so because you still have some pain or resentment or some scars,” Higginbotham explains. Her series, she argues, can help adults parent as they deal with their own trauma.

“The death book focuses on the death of a grandparent. That means one of the parents lost one of their own parents: a mother or father,” the author says. “If the adult is in crisis about a loss or separation then it’s nice to have a book that you can go through with the child. The author did the emotional work for you… You can be present for your child at a time when you feel very depleted or consumed by whatever is happening in your life.”

For full coverage of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday

Along with external circumstances, Higginbotham also addresses internal changes and questions that kids face.

Tell Me About Sex, Grandma is really not about the mechanics of sex and sexuality, but about self-discovery,” Higginbotham says. “Who can you trust to ask those questions? Who will tell you the truth? And I don’t mean the truth about the mechanics of sex, once again, I mean the truth about the fact that you are a beautiful human being and you deserve to be exactly who you are.”

Higginbotham’s themes of inclusivity, self-evaluation and love translate over to her latest book, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. 

“It’s targeted specifically at white kids to help them feel connected to this conversation about racism and the reality of racism in our lives,” she explains, “ invite young children to connect in an emotional and spiritual way to justice.”

It’s Cool Guac! Mean Girls Star Jonathan Bennett Reveals Inspiration for The Burn Cookbook

The Burn Cookbook: An Unofficial Unauthorized Cookbook for Mean Girls is available now!

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Gisele Bündchen Opens Up About Her Blended Family with Tom Brady: ‘I’m So Grateful’

Gisele Bündchen found her romantic match in 2006, when she was introduced to now-husband Tom Brady by a mutual friend.

But just two months into their relationship in 2007, they discovered that his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant with his first child: son John “Jack” Edward Thomas, now 11.

“It wasn’t the ideal situation for anyone — there’s no manual to prepare you for that,” Bündchen tells PEOPLE in a revealing new interview for this week’s issue.

“But I’m so grateful for ,” she says. “I know this was hard, but I couldn’t imagine my life without . I call him my bonus child.”

After Jack was born, “He opened my heart in ways I didn’t even know my heart could expand,” says the supermodel and Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life author, 38. “I fell in love with him.”

She says feeling such love for her husband’s son made her “want to start a family” with Brady, whom she married in 2009. And though they had previously discussed waiting 10 years to have children, they realized they “wanted Jack to have a brother or sister close in age.”

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter.

RELATED: Gisele Bündchen Says She Had a Hard Time Adjusting to Motherhood: “I Kind of Lost Myself”

In her new memoir — Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, written in the style of a journal — the famously private supermodel reveals that motherhood was a tough adjustment. (She and Brady, 41, share daughter Vivian Lake, 5½, and son Benjamin Rein, 8½.)

“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on,” Bündchen tells PEOPLE. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities, and it made me realize, everything I’ve lived through, I would never change, because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”

“When I became a mom, I kind of lost myself. It was like a part of me died,” she adds. “I’d been this very independent person. It was all about me. But now I had this little being, and I suddenly felt l couldn’t do other things and that was very hard for me. All I ever wanted was to be a mom, but when you’re actually experiencing that, it’s a shock.”

RELATED VIDEO: Gisele Bündchen Reveals She Got a Boob Job After Breastfeeding Kids – But Instantly Regretted It

Bündchen also acknowledges that the stresses of parenting have sometimes taken a toll on her marriage. Taking on the majority of the childcare while Brady trains — often from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — “You’re overwhelmed and tired and then you’re not the nicest partner,” she admits.

The Brazilian model says she and her husband have had disagreements (his decision not to retire, for one) and weathered rough patches (like 2015’s Deflategate scandal, when Brady was suspended while NFL officials investigated allegations that he cheated by playing with under-inflated footballs).

“When someone you love is happy, it makes you happy, or if they’re sad it makes you sad,” she says. “You suffer with them and you have joy with them.”

All proceeds from Bündchen’s book will go to Projeto Agua Limpa.

For more about Gisele Bündchen’s new book and life at home as a mom and stepmom, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Chrissy Teigen Reveals John Legend is the Pushover Parent: ‘He Needs to Learn to Say No’

John Legend may be an EGOT winner, but according to Chrissy Teigen, there’s apparently one skill he still hasn’t mastered.

On Wednesday, while promoting her new cookbook sequel, Cravings: Hungry for MoreTeigen was asked to reveal what Legend’s best and worst parenting skills were when it came to the couple’s two children, Luna Simone and Miles Theodore.

“He will say no and then if asks one more time, it’s a yes,” Teigen, 32, admitted to BUILD Series. “He’s a bit of a pushover with Luna. I think it’s because they look so much alike and he’s like, ‘Okay, you beautiful being. Anything you want.'”

“He needs to learn to say no because I’m the tough guy,” she continued. “It’s always a thing in any household, there’s always one.”

Though Legend may have trouble disciplining their two-year-old daughter — who Teigen says is very spoiled — and eventually their 4-month-old son, there are skills that he continues to impress his wife with.

“He’s also insanely patient,” Teigen said of her husband of five years. “He’s amazing at diaper changing still.”

Added the Cravings author: “He gives them so much attention no matter what’s going on in his life or my life or work-wise. They never feel like they’re like second to work and I think he’s really great with that.”

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During the interview, Teigen also talked about healthy eating and how she balances indulgence, which she said was a top priority for her while creating recipes for the second edition of the cookbook.

“I think it’s so important to indulge in things… that’s what’s so great about the book,” she shared, noting that the “Thai mom” chapter is her favorite for its diverse options. “There’s so many moments in the book where you want to share this decadent, rich food with other people.”

RELATED: Chrissy Teigen’s New Cookbook Is Out! See Which Recipes Our Editors Loved

Reflecting on the cookbook changes, Teigen noted, “I feel like the first one I was like, ‘Cheese! Ham! Bacon! Ham! Cheese! More ham!’ And this one I’m like, ‘This is good without ham.'”

Even with those temptations, the Lip Sync Battle co-host says Legend, 39, helps keep their eating habits in check.

RELATED VIDEO: Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About John Legend’s Hilarious Lullabies to Baby Luna

“John can be a jerk because he really enjoys the healthy recipes,” she joked. “But I think we’re finding as we grow older the pounds just aren’t shedding like they used to.”

“My mind leans towards the everything bagel cream cheese breakfast bake, we’re all over the place …but we do find ourselves having to navigate towards eating better,” Teigen explained.

Sally Field Bares All in New Memoir: From Burt Reynolds’ Controlling Ways to Binge Eating

Sally Field’s new memoir is revealing a whole new side of the actress — including her relationship with one of the most famous men in Hollywood.

Field, 71, opens up about various heartbreaking and intensely personal moments of her life in her new book In Pieces. In it, she touches on her childhood sexual abuse, her eating disorder to her tenuous relationship with Burt Reynolds.

Here are six surprising revelations from Fields’ memoir, which is now available for purchase.

She was sexually and emotionally abused by her stepfather, actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney.

Field’s mother, Margaret, filed for divorce from her father, Richard, in 1951, and remarried Mahoney in 1952. They divorced in 1968 and he died in 1989, according to The New York Times.

The actress says that when she was 14 years old, he would frequently call her into his bedroom alone.

“I knew,” she says in her memoir. “I felt both a child, helpless and not a child. Powerful. This was power. And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child — and yet.”

“I want to be good, but more than anything I want it to be over. And some part of me feels I’m in danger,” she writes.

Burt Reynolds began to “housebreak” Field early in their relationship. 

Field and Reynolds met on the set of their film Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. What followed was a tumultuous relationship, she writes.

Field writes that Reynolds “began to housebreak” her when they got together, “teaching me what was allowed and what was not.”

“If I wanted to tell him what I’d accomplished or talk about my children, or Lord knows, disagree with him about anything, he’d listen glassy-eyed for a moment, maybe offer a distracted comment or two before turning away,” she writes.”

RELATED: Sally Field Is ‘Glad’ Burt Reynolds Won’t Read Her Upcoming Memoir: ‘This Would Hurt Him’

Reynolds was also controlling, often wanting to know Field’s relationships with men who were not him.

“I knew early on never to mention the men who had been in my life, and later became terrified of running into somebody I might have known, whether sexually or not,” she writes. “Burt would pinch my face in his hands, demanding I tell him who the guy was and what kind of relationship I’d had with him.”

The actor died earlier this month at the age of 82.

She never had many friends growing up.

“I don’t remember having any friends or playdates,” she writes, explaining kids at school would play “Red Rover, Red Rover.”

“I hated this no-win situation,” she says of the game. “I was the smallest one, and even if they did call my name, I couldn’t break through, only bounced off and had to return to the land of the losers. But there was always the chance that they wouldn’t call my name, and I’d have to stand there as everyone else broke through, joining the line one at a time, until they were all holding hands and looking at me, alone.”

Field’s initially said no to playing Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun until she was bullied into it by her stepfather.

Field’s says her agent and others tried to talk her into accepting the role for the sitcom The Flying Nun, but she was determined to say no.

“… I didn’t want to play a cutesy version of a Catholic nun, wearing nothing but beige with never a thought of sex or a flirt with madness, two things that seemed much more interesting,” she explains.

RELATED: Sally Field Was ‘Flattered’ Burt Reynolds Called Her the ‘Love of My Life’: He Was ‘Complicated’

The actress writes the executive producer of the show, Harry Ackerman, reached out to her stepfather in an attempt to convince her to take on the role.

She reveals Mahoney instilled fear in her when he turned up at her apartment unannounced and said, “If you don’t do this show, Sally, you may never work again.”

“Because of that, for three years I was the Flying Nun,” she says.

Field began binge eating after a bad breakup with high school boyfriend Steve Bloomfield.

Midway through working on The Flying Nun, Field said she broke up with Bloomfield after he criticized her work as an actress. What followed was a downward spiral with food and binge eating, which she says was her only consolation.

“On Saturdays, I would go into the recording studio or do a photo layout, then fill the rest of the day cooking and eating, trying to drown my loneliness in a vat of spaghetti with gobs of meat sauce and a whole chocolate cake, unable to stop eating even when I was in physical pain,” she writes. “And always I was alone, hiding in a closet of food.”

“I’d stick my fingers down my throat, longing for the relief of puking, but get nothing except a hacking, impotent gag,” she says. “I’d never heard of an eating disorder — no one talked about such things in the late sixties.”

RELATED VIDEO: Sally Field’s Son Meets Adam Rippon After Actress Tried to Play Matchmaker

Eventually, Field said she reached out to a doctor who “gave me a prescription for the only solution he had to offer — diet pills.”

“I was told to take on every morning, accompanied by a maximum-strength diuretic, wait thirty minutes and lo and behold — a jubilant, cotton-mouthed, babbling idiot who had to pee every two seconds,” Field writes.

She was allegedly asked by a director to take her shirt off and kiss him.

During an audition with director Bob Rafelson for the 1976 feature Stay Hungry, Field’s writes she was asked by him to take her shirt off and kiss him.

“In the midst of casually talking about the work, he told me to take my top off so he could see my breasts, saying since there was a nude scene in the film, he needed to figure out how to shoot me,” Field says. “Ignoring the sharp jab of emotion that shot through me, I removed my shirt as casually as he had made the request, then sat for his approval with my eyes closed — the only clue that those fingernails were clawing my insides.”

She continues, writing Rafelson told her, “Okay, Sal, the job is yours. But only after I see how you kiss. I can’t hire anyone who doesn’t kiss good enough.”

Field kissed him and got the job. When reached by The New York Times for a statement, Rafelson denied the allegations saying, “It’s totally untrue. That’s the first I’ve ever heard of this. I didn’t make anybody kiss me in order to get any part.”

In Pieces is now in bookstores.

Lily Allen Claims She Caught James Blunt Having Sex in Her Hotel Room

For the second time this week, Lily Allen is getting blunt.

Allen claimed that she once walked in on James Blunt having sex with someone at Chateau Marmont. The infamous West Hollywood hotspot has been a go-to for many celebrities and their festivities for decades.

“I once walked in on somebody having sex with James Blunt in the foyer of my hotel room at Chateau Marmont,” the songstress said when asked during an interview with Yahoo’s Be about what shameless thing she had witnessed at the famed hotel.

“Not that it’s shameful to have sex with James Blunt,” explained the 33-year-old singer. “It was just that it happened to be happening in the foyer of my hotel room.”

Although Allen did not mention when the alleged hotel romp occurred, it is believed to have happened years ago. Blunt has been married to his wife, Sofia Wellesley, since 2014. The couple began dating in 2012 and were engaged a year later.

On the day of Allen’s confession, the “Beautiful” singer was celebrating his four year anniversary with Wellesley, who is the granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington.

Representatives for both Allen and Blunt did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

RELATED: Lily Allen Reveals How Her Divorce, Motherhood and Sobriety Inspired Her New Album

Earlier this week, Allen made headlines when she made another shocking revelation. Posting a photo on Instagram, the singer admitted to an incident during her “dark days” in 2014.

“I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something,” she captioned a photo of herself posted on Sept. 1. “I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed. I don’t do it anymore.”

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Sooo, in my book ‘My Thoughts Exactly’ (out on 20th Sept) I detail some stuff from my dark days, around the Sheezus era. I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something. I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed. I don’t do it anymore. The Mail are gonna run with the story tomorrow cause someone leaked it, and they’re bound to make sound worse than it was. Just wanted to give you Er, the ‘heads up’ ! #LINKINBIO

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The “F— You” singer explained that the revelation came after she discovered someone leaked the story to a tabloid, weeks ahead of her memoir’s Sept. 20 release date.

“They’re bound to make sound worse than it was,” wrote Allen, whose team is currently investigating the matter. “Just wanted to give you Er, the ‘heads up’!”

Allen released her fourth studio album, No Shame, in June and is expected to tour Australia at the beginning of 2019. It will be her first album since Sheezus in 2014. Her memoir My Thoughts Exactly is also due out on Sept. 20.

John Kerry & John McCain ‘Flirted’ with the Idea of Being Running Mates ‘But Didn’t Go on a Date!’

As Senator John McCain was laid to rest, former Secretary of State John Kerry reflected on their longtime friendship — one that thrived despite their different party affiliations.

In fact, Kerry said he respected McCain so much that he “flirted” with the idea of asking the Republican senator to serve as his running mate during his 2004 presidential bid.

“There were difficult issues to try to work out,” Kerry, 74, said on CBS’s Face the Nation while discussing his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra, out Tuesday. “We kind of flirted, but didn’t go on a date!”

The former Secretary of State and Senator first came on to the political landscape after he formally spoke out against the Vietnam War in 1971 (he’d served as a Navy lieutenant in the war). In his interview with CBS, Kerry reveals the similarities he sees between the tensions in the U.S. caused by the Vietnam War and the divisive climate today.

“The similarity is not in the cultural revolution but in the cultural divide that is being exploited, that is, in fact, limiting – if not diminishing – the capacity of our institutions to work,” he told Margaret Brennan.

In Every Day Is Extra, Kerry tracks his career from his time in the Navy and serving as a prosecutor in Massachusetts (when he took down a mob boss), to his five terms serving as senator, the challenges he faced while attempt to find peaceful solutions while secretary of state, and his bid for the presidency in 2004.

The biggest lesson Kerry says he has learned is to live a purposeful life.

President Barack Obama Delivers Eulogy to John McCain

While he reflects on these historical moments and lessons in the book, Kerry told CBS that his most important relationship was with Sen. John McCain. Together they tried to heal the country after the Vietnam War.

“I mean, John McCain and I together tried to figure out: How do we make peace in America? How do we get America to be at peace with itself over Vietnam?” he said.

According to CBS, the politicians pushed for the recovery of soldiers missing in action.

“We were privileged to be in a position to try to heal our country’s wounds,” Kerry told the outlet, “and, I think, to set an example for how people from different parties could come together and put the interests of our nation and the United States Senate front and center.”

The politicians were also united in their criticism of President Trump. Before his death, McCain asked former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to speak at his funeral. Trump, who has been critical of McCain in the past, did not attend.

After his death, McCain’s camp released his final letter to the country, which many viewed as a last dig at Trump.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” McCain wrote. “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

In Kerry’s interview with CBS, he was also critical of Trump. Specifically, Kerry defended the Iran nuclear agreement, which he helped create. Trump has previously claimed it’s the “worst ever.”

“Unfortunately — and I say this sadly — more often than not, really just doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Kerry said, according to CBS. “He makes things up. And he’s making that up, as he has other things.”

During the interview, Kerry also reflected on the importance of truth and McCain’s legacy.

“You work to implement our democracy by reaching out across the aisle, by building relationships, by believing in the better angels of American value system. And I think John McCain did that,” he said. “I did that, others have done that. But right now we have a culture divide that has been accentuated by political so-called leaders. And what they’re doing is they’re operating in a fact-less world.”

19 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Books in Human History

The following books are real. They exist. They were actually written by people who thought they were good ideas.

And these people were celebrities!

Which is what makes this collection all the more ridiculous and noteworthy.

Scroll down for a look at books that various stars thought were good ideas to write at the time, but which have simply given us many reasons to laugh hilariously at them instead...

1. Farrah Abraham

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As if making a celebrity sex tape was not bad enough, Farrah thought it would be a good idea to write a book about the making of it. Um, no. Farrah, please get a real job.

2. Kim Kardashian

Kim kardashian book cover
If you can't write, you could follow Kim Kardashian's tactic and just release a selfie book. The porn-star-turned-entrepreneur got a lot of people talking about the book, but it made money.

3. Naomi Campbell

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Campbell sent her ideas for the book to a ghostwriter, and we are very sure the ghostwriter burst out laughing when he/she heard them. Five models fight it out for the contract of retiring supermodel Swan. What the heck?

4. Charlie Sheen

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Charlie Sheen is one of those celebrities who is just all over the place. He was fired from Two and a Half Men for his erratic behavior ... even though he was making a lot of money. Before that, Charlie released a poetry book that got some positive comments from John Stamos.

5. Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad is a reality TV star and fashion guru. She decided to make the step to writing fiction with a book loosely based on her life. Despite giving it her all, it was a trainwreck.

6. Macaulay Culkin

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Macaulay decided to try and make his way back into the spotlight with a book. The book included random drawings, thoughts and a whole lot of gibberish.
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I have not read the book on which her talk was based - "Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows: An introduction to carnism" - but maybe I will. :)

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Bill Clinton Gay Scandal: New Book Makes Scandalous Claim That Former POTUS Was ‘Closet Homosexual’ As Law School Professor

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First ‘Allegiant’ Trailer Shows Possible Plot Changes To ‘Divergent’ Series

In the world of YA dystopia are legions of rabid fans, all too eager toes their favorite book series come alive on the silver screen, but utterly disappointed when the studio changes the story’s major (or minor) details. Divergent is no different, and with the new trailer being released, as well as information about the second “part” of the third installment, fans are equal parts excited and apprehensive.

For a casual fan like myself, who has read the books once and seen the first two films, Divergent and Insurgent, the trailer looks fantastic. Set in a dystopian Chicago post-apocalypse, the society is forced to remain within the city’s high, fortified walls, presumably for their safety. But in this installment, Allegiant, viewers see Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) scaling that wall and entering the unknown wider world.

The new film, set to be released in March 2016, is based on Veronica Roth’s book of the same name. However, the book’s events are to be split in two parts, as has become the norm of most YA-books-turned-film ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split in two.

However, Divergent breaks the mold somewhat, by giving the fourth film, the second part, a different name. Instead of having the title “Allegiant Part 2,” the second part will be called Ascendant. This change, seemingly innocuous, carries many implications about what, if anything, the studio is going to change about the canon story.

Fans already saw winks of major change in the second installment Insurgent. Of the most notable and heavily-criticized changes were Tris’s ability to use a gun (she couldn’t in the book, as she was suffering from PTSD), the “secret box” that has to be opened by a Divergent alone, and the ending that shows swarms of citizens leaving the city when the walls come down.

Fans were not happy about those changes.

So the split is weighing heavy on the minds of some die-hard fans, who know that the ending to the book Allegiant may not, to say the least, be Hollywood-franchise-friendly. Without spoiling anything, I think that the name change points in that direction, that the studio will change the controversial, polarizing ending of that book into something more easily digestible and popular to casual moviegoers.

Until then, fans and casual viewers alike will have to content ourselves with the stunning footage above and hope that the studio does the story justice, however they choose to change the plot.

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Winter Is Coming: 6 New Books You Should Read This Fall

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book during the fall/winter season. Sitting by the fire (or in my case, a radiator) with a hot cup of tea, and thumbing through a good book on a chilly evening is one of my favorite things to do. As the joyous season of summer comes to a close (although it’s been pretty lackluster here in London), here are six soon-to-be-published books that are sure to entertain you this fall and are totally worth reading.

1. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Based on a story inspired by traditional Nigerian folklore, Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta tells the tale of an 11-year old girl sent away for her safety as a civil war breaks out. The gripping part of the novel comes as the young girl falls in love with a girl from a different community, and is forced to hide how she feels. Powerful and extremely heartbreaking, this debut novel from Okaparanta explores themes of identity, forbidden love and prejudice and is sure to keep you gripped over the winter.

2. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling tells us more humorous tales on life and love in her new book Why Not Me?, which will be released September 15th — the same day that The Mindy Project will make its debut on Hulu, I might add. For the Mindy-obsessed fan, this is definitely a must-have!

3. Purity by Jonathan Franzen

A sweeping novel from the acclaimed writer, Purity is about a girl who is searching for her father and her identity. The complex novel results in a globe-trotting provocative tale that makes it one of the most anticipated books this year.

4. Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell

Cosmopolitan editor Amy Odell gives us a look at the glamorous fashion industry, but told from the perspective of an outsider. From back row seats at the hottest fashion shows to standing outside the hottest parties, this is a humorous look at the fashion industry told from a lonely fashion blogger.

5. M Train by Patti Smith

After releasing the acclaimed ‘Just Kids’ in 2010, Patti Smith is back with M Train, which once again explores the singer’s extraordinary past and present. The book really is a diary that takes us to some phenomenal places, from Berlin and Moscow, to the Far Rockaways, with a few stops at some hotels and cemeteries in between!

6. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This third novel from Florida author Lauren Groff is an explosive novel exploring revenge, sex, and lots of rage. The story slowly rips apart the seemingly perfect marriage of Lotto and Mathilde, and makes you realize that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe: Plotting Revenge Against The Bachelorette Producers with Tell-All Book?

Kaitlyn Bristowe is reportedly considering writing a tell-all book to stick it to The Bachelorette for the show's treatment of her this season.

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Those who watch The Bachelorette saw slut shaming Kaitlyn, who had sex (gasp) before the Fantasy Suite, become a pastime this year.

One she believes the producers had a hand in crafting.

We can't speak to that ... but The Bachelorette conspiracy theory that's going around explains a lot of things about this bizarre season.

Now that she's free of the shackles and manipulative editing of the ABC show, Bristowe is said to be out for revenge, and hashing a plan.

One of Kaitlyn's inspirations is Courtney Robertson, author of I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.

Robertson, who got engaged to Ben Flajnik on The Bachelor, was portrayed about as terribly as a person can be en route to the final rose.

Her book made its way onto the N.Y. Times Bestseller List, in part because she spilled on the show (and reverse cowgirling Ben Flajnik).

Will Bristowe follow in her revealing foosteps soon?

“She almost can’t wait to do like a tell-all kind of thing,” a source close to Kaitlyn Bristowe tells Radar. “She’s already itching for that.”

While Bristowe’s payback won’t be put in to action for a while, “she has shown interest in doing something along the lines of a book."

In the meantime, she's trying to channel her inner Taylor Swift and shake it off, focusing instead on her engagement to Shawn Booth:

“She doesn’t really pay any mind to it. She already knows that she is the most controversial person on the show and she doesn’t care.”

Instead, Bristowe and Booth decided to take some time away from the spotlight and to better get to know each other, says an insider:

“They’re in Vancouver for the next couple of months. They’re trying to get settled, meet everyone and enjoy time with their families.”

“They’re trying to pivot it into a real life together,” another insider says, and believe it or not, “They’re putting that ahead of anything.”

“They’re like a really cute couple that just started dating."

But will they last? Cast your vote in our poll below ...

Hulk Hogan Suicide Attempt: Ex-WWE Legend Reportedly Moments Away From ‘Pulling Trigger,’ Memoir Recalls Deep Pain, Scandal

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Why a Book from 1937 is Still Relevant to Millennials Today

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“Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application towards some worthy end.”

Originally published in 1937, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is still one of the bestsellers in business and mindset. Its popularity speaks for itself with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. But can the principles of this nearly 80-year-old book still help us today?

Although our world has changed drastically through technological advances, the mindset principles behind a prosperous life have not. Perhaps that is why this book is still so popular.

The cover of my revised and updated version says, “In your hands is the essential guide to joining the ranks of the world’s most successful people.” Sounds powerful, right?

Success means different things to different people, so allow me to put a disclaimer here that this classic book is not just about money. These success principles can apply to how we think about and understand nature, science, relationships and everything important in our lives. Napoleon Hill interviewed more than 500 of the most affluent people of his time and thus provides massive insight into creative and entrepreneurial minds.

In the original version, there are stories of folks like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. Now, with Dr. Arthur R. Pell’s updated version, we can grow to understand the same principles but based on recent stories of Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and more.

Most millennials are still struggling with those big questions: like identifying our goals, mastering the secrets to lasting success, and combining imagination and visualization with action. We just don’t always know the best way to make those fuzzy dreams a reality. For me, reading about the success stories of other people and hearing their wisdom helped clarify my own career goals. Here’s what I learned.

We will never be able to achieve our lofty goals until we first learn to utilize or work with the fears and doubts that hold us back. We can find mentors and teachers to instruct us in best business practices. We can find peers and colleagues to share in day-to-day tasks and the wonders of life. But until we become masters of our minds, true, lasting success and happiness will not be ours. I’m learning this and it is still a struggle, believe me, but it’s a process.

“It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.”

No matter where you currently stand on the path of “success,” there are examples of hope…

Bill Gates: We know Gates from Microsoft, but did you know that before he developed the giant software company, Gates was a Harvard University dropout and failed business owner? Gates is the ultimate example of trying, and trying again because his failure didn’t cause him to drop out of the business world. He persevered and ended up revolutionizing culture and technology through his computer software company.

Mary Kay Ash: when a less experienced man that Ash trained got the promotion she felt she deserved, Mary Kay had enough with the inequality [...]

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Kim Kardashian’s Selfie Book Is A Flop

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Kim Kardashian's selfie book has failed to impress fans. The tome, "Selfish," was released in May and is a certified flop. "Selfish" features 352 pages of Kardashian and includes images from soc...

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Maci Bookout on Teen Mom: I Got the S–t End of the Deal!

In her upcoming memoir Bulletproof, Teen Mom O.G. star Maci Bookout says she got plenty of fame, but no fortune from her MTV stardom.

In other words, she got the "s--t end of the deal."

Maci Bookout Book Cover

“Reality TV can make you famous, but you basically get the s--t end of the deal," writes Maci, who just gave birth to her second child.

"Everyone knows your name and talks about you, but there’s no red-carpet prestige or glamorous piles of money."

We all can't be Kim Kardashian, it's true.

“Once you become a so-called reality TV star, people immediately think that you’re a high-end celebrity," she adds.

"They think you travel the world and have a mansion and all these other things they associate with having your face on TV.”

The Tennessee sweetheart, whose book drops July 21, drops the truth that she's just another mom struggling to get by.

“The fact is, my real life isn’t that much different from what it would have been without MTV,” the 23-year-old claims.

“I still live in Chattanooga. I go to Wal-Mart and buy bread and milk.”

The mother of Bentley (with Ryan Edwards) and baby Jayde (with Taylor McKinney) admits she tweets to her 1.36 million Twitter fans for cash.

“Since I took to it so well," Bookout says, "I started looking into the prospect of becoming a social media specialist."

That she may be, but she's not an accounting pro.

Bookout was reportedly hit with a lien by the IRS for failing to pay nearly $80,000 in taxes from 2011 alone.

On the plus side, Maci, her nemesis Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood and Catelynn Lowell will be back for Teen Mom Season 6 next year.

Carole And Pippa Middleton Are Stars In ‘Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby!’ Books

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Teresa Giudice Comes Clean About Posh Prison Life In Jail House Diaries

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GREY: The Best (Worst) Quotes, Reviews & Reactions

E.L. James' Grey has officially been released, and the alternate edition of 50 Shades of Grey - told from Christian's perspective - is epic.

Epic in the unintentional comedy sense of the word, that is.

Behold, some of the best (or should we say worst) quotes, reviews and reactions from the Christian-centric version of the erotic novel.

Suffice it to say, Twitter is having a field day right now.

1. That'll Teach Her

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"An image of her shackled to my bench, peeled gingeroot inserted in her ass so she can't clench her buttocks, comes to mind, followed by judicious use of a belt or strap. Teah … that would teach her not to be so irresponsible. The thought is hugely appealing."

2. In a Daze

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"She's staring at me wide-eyed and dazed, and it makes me uncomfortable. Can she read my mind? Or is she just looking at a pretty face?"

3. Nightmares

Nightmares
Get ready for 'em.

4. Put the P Into Her V

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Christian has a way with words.

5. Her Pelvis Flexes

Her pelvis flexes
Our stomach churns.

6. The Worst

The worst
We're sorry too.
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