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George Christie in Vice

George Christie spoke to Vice about his memoir, Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel... And Beyond. Check out an excerpt below, and head to Vice to get the full story!

VICE: What was it about the Hells Angels and outlaw motorcycle clubs in general that was so attractive to you in the first place?
George Christie:
 I felt there was really a code of honor despite what society at-large would think. These were guys I could trust. I knew if I confided in them or told them something, they wouldn't take it and use it against me. It was very esoteric and closed, and once you were accepted and people knew who you were, you had a real family and an extended home. I could go anywhere in California, and I always had a couch to sleep on, a place to work on my bike. 
It was like one continuous party—and I'm not talking about being intoxicated all of the time. We were coming out of the 60s into the 70s, and that whole counterculture thing was kind of unhinging. Here was a group of individuals who had rules and regulations that you had to adhere to, all about honor and self-respect and discipline. A lot of people might find that hard to believe, but that's what it was all about.

Nicole Curtis "Better Than New"

Nicole Curtis has announced her new book, "Better Than New," The book hits stores October 18th, and will feature lessons she's learned while saving old houses. Check out the full story from USA Today for more: 

Nicole Curtis is the petite powerhouse that has probably inspired you to get off the couch and to your local home improvement store—or at least contemplate doing so.
Now, she's motivating you to move it to wherever books are sold, which, thanks to modern technology could still be from the comfort of your own home.
The star of Rehab Addict will publish her first book this fall, a memoir titled Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me).
The passionate single mom will open up about how she went from being a waitress and a real estate agent to showing us how to restore the original beauty of older homes on HGTV and DIY Network. Her show is currently airing its seventh season and premiered in Oct. of 2010.
In the book, Curtis will also outline the lessons she's picked up while revitalizing these dilapidated homes. Take the Minnehaha House, for example. Curtis walked away from that experience with this gem: "If you worry about what could go wrong, you’ll never take the risks that lead to success." True story.
Better Than New will also include more than 75 pics Curtis has collected over the years which include family photos and astonishing before and after pictures of past renovations.

ONE: Sons & Daughters

Edward Mapplethorpe's new book, ONE: Sons & Daughters, hits stores later this month. He talked to The New York Times about his photographic process and life. 

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter/The New York Times

The subjects of “One” are bare but asexual, showing only their myriad expressions and chubby torsos. “You don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl,” Mr. Mapplethorpe said. “I think it adds a bit of mystery. There are no stereotypes bestowed on that child. It’s always about the eyes to me, but I know the limitations of depth of field, how close I can get. There’s no negotiating with a 1-year-old.”
Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Read the full article on The New York Times

A BIG Problem

Wether your kids are solving problems big or small, Carter Oosterhouse's new picture book, A BIG Problem, will help them think creatively. Fun Illustrations by Chris Lensch and a funny concept will keep the attention of even the rowdiest of toddlers. 

"When I was little, my imagination was filled with creativity and possibility. I always figured out how to build play spaces, forts in the woods, ramps - it never ended! My new children's book A Big Problem teaches the tried-and-true problem solving process - the same process I've been using since I was young - but here it's wrapped around a super outrageous story. This stimulates both creativity and logic. Children also learn how to work together by brainstorming, building and eventually solving the problem in front of them. In the end, this type of logical reasoning builds strong minded individuals and close knit communities." -Carter Oosterhouse

Find the book here