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Karl Lagerfeld to create fragrance that smells of books

The book-aholic has found the cure for everyone who misses the smell of paper in these digital times: a perfume that smells of books, thanks to a “fatty” olfactory mark.

New Clancy due in December

Bestselling author Tom Clancy will deliver his first new book in seven years when his longtime publisher Penguin releases Dead or Alive December 7. The novel will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. with simultaneous release in the U.K. by Michael Joseph. Dead or Alivewill feature all of Clancy’s best-know characters, including Jack Ryan who, along with other Campus recruits, is dispatched by the new president to track down the “Emir,” the mastermind of “vicious terrorist attacks on the West,” according to Penguin.

The Power of Less:

The Power of LessThe Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential … in Business and in Life

by Leo Babauta

D Less. Get More Done.

With the countless distractions that come from every corner of modern life, it’s amazing that we’re ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary — freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

The Power of Less will show you how to:

  • Break down any goal into manageable tasks
  • Focus on only a few tasks at a time
  • Create new and productive habits
  • Hone your focus
  • Increase your efficiency

By setting limits for yourself and making the most of the resources you already have, you’ll be able to work less, work smarter, and focus on living the life that you deserve.

Use this book to help transform your life, accomplish your goals, and work and live in a saner and simpler manner.

Buy it from me here, or from Amazon

The bizarre, the unexpected, the fascinating – English phrases


Thousands of Bizarre Origins, Unexpected Connections, and Fascinating Facts about English’s Best Expressions

by Barbara Kipfer

Phraseology is the ultimate collection of everything you never knew about the wonderful phrases found in the English language. It contains information about phrase history and etymology; unusual, lost, or uncommon phrases; how phrases are formed; and more than 7,000 facts about common English phrases.

Find out more or buy the book at The Book Depository or Amazon.

Further versus farther

The quick and dirty tip here is that you use farther to talk about physical distance and further to talk about metaphorical, or figurative, distance. It’s easy to remember because farther has the word far in it, and farobviously relates to physical distance.

For example  >>>

Top Ten Topics for Writers

Since its beginning in 1970, Poets & Writers has served as an information clearinghouse of all matters related to writing. While the range of inquiries has been broad, common themes have emerged over time. Their Top Ten Topics for Writers addresses the most popular and pressing issues.

New Dan Brown book offers industry hope

New book ... author Dan Brown, left, with US actor Tom Hanks.New book … author Dan Brown, left, with US actor Tom Hanks.
Photo: AP

A mammoth 6.5 million copies of Dan Brown’s new book will be printed in its first run.

Six years after the release of his mega-selling The Da Vinci Code,  Brown’s publisher said The Lost Symbol, a thriller set during a 12-hour period and featuring Da Vinci Code symbolist Robert Langdon, will come out in September.  >>>

More Ludlum for the big screen

Universal is negotiating for screen rights to “The Parsifal Mosaic,” a Robert Ludlum espionage thriller that shapes up as the first major project for Captivate Entertainment, the company that controls screen rights to Ludlum novels.

Captivate made an overall deal with the studio last year.

Deighton turns 80


British historian and spy novelist Len Deighton — the author of such familiar works as The IPCRESS File (1962), Funeral in Berlin (1964), and XPD (1981) — turns 80 years old today.