Author

Andrea Gollin

Colapinto’s engaging first novel is an absurd, oddly moralistic, and pretty darn funny how-not-to tale of literary celebrity. Aspiring author Cal Cunningham is a victim not only of a nasty case of writer’s block but of having his life appropriated by his nerdy law-student roommate, who writes a novel based on Cal’s sexploits and is then (conveniently) killed in a car accident. Cal passes the manuscript off as his own and becomes rich and famous – but it’s not exactly happily ever after.

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Harry Houdini was the greatest escape artist of all time – or was he? According to psychotherapist and author Phillips, we’re all exceptionally well-versed in escape, building ever-more-intricate traps for ourselves and then either plotting our path to freedom or railing at our imprisonment. This carefully considered analysis alternates accounts of Houdini’s unique career with case studies of Phillips’ patients.

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During the last five years, the model-actress-VJ Karen Duffy has suffered from the life-threatening illness sarcoidosis and all it entailed (excruciating pain, numbness, partial paralysis, chemo, massive doses of steroids, and an acquired morphine addiction). But her new memoir Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass is, surprisingly, not about being sick but about how to live, and live fully. Fighting against emotional defeat, Duffy has written a darkly funny, vital, and impressive (if at times glib) account of how she’s made the best of her situation.

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