On the Books Mar. 10: January Jones' option on Chelsea Cain series, Bill Cosby Memoir, Neil Strauss' insider celebrity book, and more | EW.com

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On the Books Mar. 10: January Jones' option on Chelsea Cain series, Bill Cosby Memoir, Neil Strauss' insider celebrity book, and more

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January-JonesImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosMad Men star January Jones has taken an option out on the first three books (Heartsick, Sweetheart, and Evil at Heart) of author Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell series. Jones is interested in playing Lowell, the serial killer protagonist of the series.

Hachette announced the publication of funnyman Bill Cosby’s new book of humorous, insightful observations, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. In the book, scheduled for a November 2011 release, Cosby talks about the Bible, grandfatherhood, and first love.

Neil Strauss, a former culture reporter for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, has a book coming out next week called Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, and early reports suggest that there will be juicy revelations from tons of huge celebrities, from Lady Gaga to Christina Aguilera to Paris Hilton.

Author David Sirota makes the case in his new book, Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now — Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, that we’re still living in the 80’s. “The calendar doesn’t say ’80s, but we’re still looking through an ’80s mind-set,” he says. While he does examine the political, and financial parallels between our current times and the 80’s, he also has fun with key cultural touchstones of the decade.

If the celeb wax figures at Madame Tussauds were mobile, I’d tell them to move over and make way for the new bookish figures in the Wax Museum of Literature.