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Keegan Allen shows the mythical magic and dark dreams of “Hollywood”

Marilyn Monroe said it best: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.”

Keegan Allen shows it best with his lavish tome Hollywood: Photos and Stories from Foreverland (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99). Allen, an actor; photographer; bestselling author and musician best-known from the No. 1 hit show on Freeform, Pretty Little Liars; reveals the Hollywood we see—and the one we don’t—with a photography narrative featuring more than 250 emotionally charged color and black and white photos. No wonder his first book, life.love.beauty, was a national bestseller.Image result for keegan allen

The Hollywood native grew up in a world that millions
visit and many more imagine. In his new book he turns his eye and camera to the place he knows best. Hollywood captures the beauty
and glamour of the place itself—with unusual angles of the famous sign, the Chateau Marmont at twilight, secret local hideaways, red carpets and more—but also the darker side of dreams unrealized in the faces, hands, eyes and footsteps of those who live on the fringe of celebrity. His photos are enhanced by revealing, intimate captions, lyrics, and other writing, as well as exciting parodies, and iconic emulations.

A book that will engage and surprise Keegan’s legions of fans and followers, Hollywood is an essential gift for anyone who has visited or imagined this storied place

“Diving for Starfish” is a 14-karat mystery, wrapped among the rich and famous and 71 cabochon rubies and 241 amethysts

It’s a fascinating read, a sparkling mystery wrapped in the world of the super-rich and priceless jewels. Literally. In Diving for Starfish: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World’s Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry (St. Martin’s Press, 26.99), Cherie Burns takes readers on a search for a dazzling, elusive starfish pin—one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry in the world. 

Created in the early 1930’s by a young designer in the workroom of the famous Parisian jeweler Boivin, the starfish pin was distinctive because its five rays were articulated, meaning that they could curl and conform to the bustline or shoulder of the women who wore it. The House of Boivin crafted only three of these gold starfish, each one encrusted with 71 cabochon rubies and 241 small amethysts. The women who were able to capture the rare starfish were as fabulous as the pin itself.

Millicent Rogers, socialite and fashion icon, and Claudette Colbert, Hollywood leading lady, were two of the women adorned by one of the three pins that exist today. Obsessed with the pin after she saw it in the private showroom of a Manhattan jewelry merchant, Burns set off on a journey to find out all she could about the elusive pins and the women who owned them. Her search took her around the world to Paris, London, New York and Hollywood.

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Millicent Rogers wearing her starfish brooch.

Both a history of fine jewelry coming out of Paris in the Golden Age and a tour through the secretive world of high-end, privately-sold jewelry, Diving for Starfish is a stylish detective story with a glittering piece of jewelry and the equally dazzling women who loved them.

The main reason we love Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She hates Adolph Frump as much as we do. Smart lady. And what quotes!

The main reason we love Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  She hates Adolph Frump as much as we do. Smart lady.

While she’s been a Supreme Court Justice for the past 25 years, Ginsburg is in the forefront of American politics and culture now more than ever before.

She is continually in the news for her opposition to the Frump administration. She is an icon to the modern feminist movement. On May 4 the documentary RBG, focusing on Justice Ginsburg’s life and career, will be released in selected theaters, and it has already been selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Need more Justice Ginsburg? Have her handy . . . and in your pocket. With nearly 150 quotes from RBG herself, You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth (St. Martin’s Press, $16.99) is the perfect handy-sized dose of motivation and inspiration for change-makers in the world today. Let RBG’s words on law and life from her past 25 years on the bench of the Supreme Court  give you courage to stand up and say, “I dissent.”

You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth: An Unauthorized Collection of Witty & Wise Quotes from the Queen of Supreme, Ruth Bader GinsburgHer quotes are witty and wise. Think:

  • “If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.”

  • “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it.”

  • “Yes, there are miles in front, but what a distance we have travelled.”

Take a few lessons from Addie Gundry and life will be slow . . . and awfully tasty!

Nothing says comfort food more than the aroma of a warm, slow cooked meal wafting through your home. In her newest cookbook Essential Slow Cooker Recipes: 103 Fuss-Free Slow Cooker Meals Everyone Will Love (St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.99), Food Network Star finalist Addie Gundry revolutionizes recipes for the perfect hearty slow cooked meal.From classics like pierogi casserole with sausage to Asian specialties like soba noodles with vegetables and orange chicken, Gundry has it covered. Simply put everything in a slow cooker, then sit back, relax and sniff.

A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. In her cookbook, Gundry goes way beyond the expected soups and stews offering up recipes for appetizers like BBQ meatballs, breads and make-ahead breakfasts like banana pecan French toast . . . not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like lasagna, meatloaf and stuffed peppers.

Recipes include:
Appetizers: Bacon Cheeseburger Dip, Honey Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Breakfast: Potato Puff Breakfast Casserole, Easy Artisan Bread
Classic Recipes: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast, Pork Chops in Mushroom Sauce
Dinner Recipes: Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, Lemon Pepper Salmon
Side Dishes: Au Gratin Potatoes, Pizza Pull-Apart Bread
Soup and Stew Recipes: Hungarian Goulash, French Onion Soup
Dessert: Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread, Peach Cobbler

So delicious is the book that noted chef Rick Tramonto gushes: ““Perfect, easy-to-make recipes when you’re looking for something a little different to share with friends and family. Watching Addie’s star shine has been truly inspiring. She is definitely going to be an impactful leader in the next generation of chefs.”

Bread? Pasta? Potatoes? Bob Harper proves the “c” word is something easy to swallow

As a diabetic, I have to watch the “c” word. No, not that word (though I use it all the time), but “carbs”. Think pasta. Potatoes. Bread. Now, Bob Harper, host of The Biggest Loser and No. 1 bestselling author, has good news for us: We can all eat carbs again.  Sort of. As he writes in The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food  (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99), “Carbs don’t make you fat!

After surviving a serious heart attack, Harper realized that he needed balance, both in his life and on his plate.  To balance his diet without gaining weight, he developed a program high in nutrients that would help maintain his weight and provide the energy he needed to recover.  That program grew into The Super Carb Diet.  

This is a balanced, scalable diet that will work for everyone, whether they’re trying to lose or maintain weight, and even for those super-athletes who want to build lean muscle. With effective workout routines that can be done at home, in the gym or while traveling, Harper has designed a program with enough variety to satisfy your hunger and motivate your body.

The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food by [Harper, Bob, Pellegrino, Danny]

With motivation and empathy balanced with tough love, he provides:

  • 2 weeks of sample menus featuring large and varied meals
  • Easy recipes for three full, everything-on-the-plate meals and a floater meal
  • A clear understanding of carbs (vegetables, whole grains, fruits) vs. “carbage” (potato chips, pretzels, white bread)
  • Tips for handling the urge to cheat—on vacations, during holidays, high stress times
  • Bob’s Signature Workouts
  • Sample food journals

In three months The Super Carb Diet will help anyone get lean, build strength, and enjoy foods that keep them happy and full.  Bob has combined his vast knowledge with hard-earned life experience to offer a road map to make us healthy and strong enough to handle anything that comes our way.