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Christina Ianzito is a writer for AARP Media, which includes AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, and She writes on a variety of subjects, from the latest health news to personality profiles.

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The New ‘Gone Girl’? You Decide

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentEverybody’s looking for the next Gone Girl — publishers, who want to mimic the success of Gillian Flynn’s summer 2012 thriller that sold more than six million copies, and readers, who gobbled up every word (weak ending and all). No surprise, then, that publishers and industry-watchers have hyped any number of books as “the next Gone Girl.” Random House is pitching The Weight of Blood, a March 2014 release by Laura McHugh, “for fans of Gillian Flynn.” The Wall Street Journal described the …

Bridget Jones Is 51: Older, But Any Wiser?

Posted on 10/14/2013 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentBridget Jones, our favorite bumbling thirty something singleton is back, though now she’s 51 and a widowed mother of two.  Helen Fielding’s third Bridget novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, is out tomorrow, 17 years after the first, Bridget Jones’s Diary, became the chick-lit blockbuster of 1996.  Back then Bridget was preoccupied with finding a boyfriend, losing weight, quitting smoking and hopelessly striving to develop “inner poise,” in the way of Tina Brown (“though not, obviously, quite so hardworking” she wrote in her …

At 82, Writer Alice Munro Wins a Nobel Prize

Posted on 10/10/2013 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentShort story fans and Canadians are among the many reveling in today’s announcement that master writer Alice Munro, at 82, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature — the first Canadian-based writer to do so. Her publisher reports that she was “amazed, and very grateful” to hear the news early this morning, which was left as a voicemail when the committee couldn’t reach her directly. How nice must it have been to get that message? Get discounts on dining, entertainment, …

Two Books, One Title — Round Two

Posted on 05/6/2013 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentTwo books with the same title? Yup, it’s happened again. The last time around, it was Life after Life by both Kate Atkinson and Jill McCorkle. This time the shared title is Killing Jesus, which you’ll find on book covers by both Stephen Mansfield tomorrow and Bill O’Reilly in the fall. In the first one to hit bookshelves, Mansfield, a prolific religious historian, details the machinations and political intrigue surrounding the death of Jesus. His version of Killing Jesus is …

Foodie Mark Bittman Explains ‘Vegan Before 6′

Posted on 04/29/2013 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthOne of the most talked about books of the spring is New York Times food writer Mark Bittman’s VB6 (a.k.a. Vegan Before Six). In it he explains his diet — which is more a strategy for healthy eating than a structured plan — where he consumes only vegan foods until dinnertime, then eats whatever he wants. It’s a compromise that Bittman dreamed up six years ago after his doctor spotted early signs of diabetes and heart disease, and suggested he go vegan, meaning no …

Your Book Club Has a Question? Ask the Author

Posted on 03/28/2013 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentBack when we got together to discuss books rather than drink wine, my book club wrestled with questions like, “What do you think the author meant by…?” or “Why do you think the author ended with…?” Maybe we would actually read the books if we knew we could ask those questions of the authors themselves — which today we could easily do. In the flesh, via Skype or speaker phone, lots of authors, from first-timers to established writers, are happily …