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How to Write and Sell Confessions

How to Wrtie and Sell Confessions coverHow to Write and Sell Confessions

Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)

Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:

Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.


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Hilton Sisters: Now sanitized for your protection

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Paris and Nicky Hilton
A View from the Paparazzi

What a lovely choice for your 4th grader’s biography reading assignment. I am sure parents everywhere would love for these “celebrity icons” to be role models for the kids.

This isn’t the first time we have featured a Hilton bio on our site. That particular title was very edited to leave out the details. (No wonder it was only a few pages long.) This biography is much more in depth, but still somewhat censored on some of the more salacious details. My favorite part is the vocab list in the back which has thoughtfully included definitions of pornography and schadenfreude.

In my local school district, 4th and 5th graders have an assignment to read a biography, dress in a costume, and then perform as that famous person. When I saw this, all I could think of is a kid dressing up like Paris while standing next to kids that are dressing as Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, or Clara Barton.



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Remember the Mayflower Madam?

Mayflower Madam


Mayflower Madam
The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows

I was weeding biographies, and of course I started laughing when I got to this lovely book.  When I shared this particular find, only the over-40 crowd even remembered this scandal.  Of course I now feel old AGAIN!  I suppose this story would hardly make waves nowadays given our saturation level of scandals in the last 20 years.  Extra credit if you remember Candice Bergen in the 1987 TV movie!