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25 Amazing New Books for Spring

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Spring is here, and the first warm rays of the sun are finally loosening the country from winter’s death grip. You could go outside to celebrate, but why not hide from seasonal allergens instead by staying inside with a book? The non-fiction titles below, hand-picked by mental_floss staff, are smart looks at history, science, language, culture and more. And if you really have to, you could probably take one to the park.

1. IF AT BIRTH YOU DON’T SUCCEED BY ZACH ANNER 

A memoir about cerebral palsy doesn’t sound like a laugh-a-minute read, but comedian Zach Annar (who says he has “the sexiest of the palsies”) proves otherwise. If At Birth You Don’t Succeed recounts his journey from being what he calls a “crappy baby” through a childhood obsessed with Cindy Crawford and a young adulthood that has seen him become the host of his own travel show and an improbable workout guru. If there was ever a book that showed the importance of laughing at yourself, this is probably it. Out March 8. — Bess Lovejoy

2. GOATMAN: HOW I TOOK A HOLIDAY FROM BEING HUMAN BY THOMAS THWAITES

Many kids go through an animal phase, where they "become" horses or dogs. But full-grown engineer Thomas Thwaites took it to another level, building himself prosthetic goat legs and actually joining a herd. Best taken in short bursts, Thwaites's high-energy, stream-of-consciousness account of his experiences makes for good commute or bathroom reading. Out May 17. — Kate Horowitz

3. NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE BY DEVIN LEONARD

From its earliest incarnation under Ben Franklin, the USPS has always been the best deal in federal spending: For pocket change, mail carriers transport letters clear across the country. Leonard delivers the first major history of the service in more than 50 years, from forging early postal routes to the obsessive nature of stamp collectors. An engrossing account of a once-vital service that may soon be nothing more than a memory. Out May 3. — Jake Rossen 

4. ALL THE SINGLE LADIES: UNMARRIED WOMEN AND THE RISE OF AN INDEPENDENT NATION BY REBECCA TRAISTER

According to journalist Rebecca Traister, being single is the new normal for many American women. The average age of a woman’s first marriage in the U.S. has risen to an all-time high of 27, and by 2009 the proportion of married women in our country had dipped below 50 percent. For the first time ever, there are more unmarried adult women than married adult women. In All the Single Ladies, Traister examines how this phenomenon will affect our nation—and the way women view themselves. Out March 1. — Kirstin Fawcett 

5. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND JEREMY MCCARTER

Hamilton has conquered Broadway, the Grammys, and the music charts—and now, it’s coming to a bookstore near you. Hamilton: The Revolution, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, follows the development of the show from the time when Manuel performed a version of its opening number at the White House to its opening night on Broadway. In addition to profiles of the show’s cast members, the book contains a Miranda-annotated version of the show’s libretto. McCarter, who wrote the chapters, told Vulture in an exclusive preview of the book that “Lin wrote the show largely in sequence, so the text ... is a series of chapters that describe another episode in its development, or share a profile of a person involved in the production, or something essayistic about what it means.” The book’s extra-long chapter titles are a nod to Hamilton’s time, when books had “crazy-long, all-inclusive titles,” McCarter says. The book hits shelves April 16; the audiobook will be read, in part, by Law & Order: SVU actor Mariska Hargitay (Miranda and McCarter will also contribute). — Erin McCarthy

6. CHASING THE LAST LAUGH : MARK TWAIN'S RAUCOUS AND REDEMPTIVE ROUND-THE-WORLD COMEDY TOUR BY RICHARD ZACKS

Humor often dates itself, but somehow Mark Twain stays fresh. Chasing the Last Laugh tells the story of how Mark Twain’s round-the-world standup comedy tour in the 1890s—said to be the first of its kind for an author—saved Twain from financial and familial ruin after a series of bad investments. When other men his age might have been settling into retirement, Twain was steaming his way to Australia, India, Ceylon and South Africa, raising huge sums of money and rounds of applause. Back then word traveled slowly, however, and one American newspaper reported that Twain had died poverty-stricken in London, allowing the humorist to deliver his famous line: "The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Out April 19. — BL 

7. DEAD DISTILLERS: A HISTORY OF THE UPSTARTS AND OUTLAWS WHO MADE AMERICAN SPIRITS BY COLIN SPOELMAN AND DAVID HASKELL

How can we resist a book about “the storied origins of forgotten drunkenness”? The distillers behind Brooklyn’s Kings County Distillery, Colin Spoelman and David Haskell (the later is also an editor at New York magazine), have compiled 50 biographies of farmers, scientists, criminals, plus the occasional U.S. president, who were crucial to the historic manufacture and trade of whisky and other craft spirits. The book is supplemented with vintage photos and newspaper clippings, plus infographics and walking tours, all of which will probably leave you very thirsty. Out May 17. — BL

8. THE ABUNDANCE: NARRATIVE ESSAYS OLD AND NEW BY ANNIE DILLARD 

There is no one like Annie Dillard. The Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist and novelist has a singularly rich and surprising voice, one that readers tend to either love or hate. Dillard writes about nature; she writes about childhood; she writes about jokes; she writes about writing. She writes, more than anything, about the astonishing experience of being alive on this strange planet. From her first book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: "'Seem like we're just set down here,' a woman said to me recently, 'and don't nobody know why.'" Out March 15. — Kate Horowitz

9. HOOD BY ALISON KINNEY

Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons is a series of short works that expose the hidden histories behind seemingly banal everyday items—remote controls, telephone booths, hair, dust. In Hood, Alison Kinney thinks deeply about medieval clerics, the KKK, Trayvon Martin, Abu Ghraib, and street fashion, always with an eye to how hoods have protected the powerful at the expense of the powerless. Provocative and surprising, the book proves that your hoodie is far from an innocent garment. Out January 28.— BL

10. WHAT'S IT LIKE IN SPACE? STORIES FROM ASTRONAUTS WHO'VE BEEN THERE BY ARIEL WALDMAN AND BRIAN STANDEFORD

This illustrated collection of facts and anecdotes provided by dozens of international astronauts explains what it’s really like to be in space—not so much the awe-inspiring, little blue dot stuff as the realities of “moon face” (the bloat caused by a lack of gravity), why you can’t burp there, how to aim your sneeze during a spacewalk, and why you’ll want to pack plenty of hot sauce. Out April 5. — BL 

11. IMMUNITY: HOW ELIE METCHNIKOFF CHANGED THE COURSE OF MODERN MEDICINE BY LUBA VIKHANSKI

When, in 1883, Elie Metchnikoff proposed that “phagocytes” (types of white blood cells) ingested the cells of foreign invaders in the body—specifically after examining the wounds of starfish larvae that had been speared with thorns from a tangerine tree—his theory was dismissed by other scientists as a “fairy tale.” But while Metchnikoff had some weird ideas—he boiled his fruit before he ate it—he was right about this natural immunological defense, and in 1908 he won the Nobel Prize for his insights, as science journalist Luba Vikhanski recounts here. Out April 1.—Jen Pinkowski

12. GETTING HIGH: MARIJUANA THROUGH THE AGES BY JOHN CHARLES CHASTEEN

Herodotus once watched the Scythians (you probably know the women better as Amazons) get super stoned during a funeral ritual. That’s one deep dive into the history of marijuana use that writer and history professor John Charles Chasteen makes in Getting High: Marijuana Through The Ages, a globe-spanning survey that looks at the use of the herb from the medieval Mideast through India, Africa, and Latin America to the American counterculture of the 1960s. Out February 9. — JP

13. THE NATURALIST: THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE RISE OF AMERICAN NATURAL HISTORY  BY DARRIN LUNDE

Theodore Roosevelt was captivated by nature. As a young, asthma-prone boy living in New York City, he observed animals in the wild and collected specimens for “The Roosevelt Museum of Natural History,” located in his bedroom at the family’s 20th Street brownstone. As an adult, he was one of the founders of the Boone & Crockett Club, which placed an emphasis on conservation and education in addition to bagging big game trophies. In his book The Naturalist, Darrin Lunde, a specialist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, examines Roosevelt’s journals and the historical record to trace his path from young natural historian to “conservationist president.” Out April 12. — EM

14. AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFÉ: FREEDOM, BEING, AND APRICOT COCKTAILS BY SARAH BAKEWELL

A surprisingly lively intellectual history of existentialism, from its roots in the smoky bars and cafes of the Left Bank to its role in contemporary feminism, postcolonialism, and LGBT movements. Chock-full of the kind of scenic details that make history (and philosophy) come alive, from Simone de Beauvoir’s “elegant hooded eyes” to Sartre’s Donald Duck impressions. Out March 1. — BL 

15. THE STORY OF EMOJI BY GAVIN LUCAS

A history of image-speak, from early printing press characters to the cell phone language of today. Also includes a section where graphic designers share emoji they wish existed—maybe one day we'll see “vinyl record” or “stabbed in the back.” Out April 15. — JR

16. PIT BULL: THE BATTLE OVER AN AMERICAN ICON BY BRONWEN DICKEY 

Are pit bulls really vicious, or did we just make them that way? Journalist Bronwen Dickey ponders how America’s (now) most maligned breed went from Teddy Roosevelt and Helen Keller’s fave—not to mention advertisers’—to public enemy number one. Along the way, she learns just as much about humans as their pooches. Out May 10. — BL

17. DEAD PRESIDENTS: AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE INTO THE STRANGE DEATHS AND SURPRISING AFTERLIVES OF OUR NATION’S LEADERS BY BRADY CARLSON

American presidents don’t really get to die, according to public radio host Brady Carlson: their physical existence might come to an end, but there’s a whole host of new responsibilities in the afterlife. In this tour through geography and history, Carlson looks at how we memorialize our dead presidents, from the Washington Monument to JFK’s eternal flame and beyond. Out February 1. — BL 

18. ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? BY FRANS DE WAAL

Renowned biologist and primatologist De Waal argues we've underestimated animal cognition—that humans are not necessarily smarter, and that animals have specialized thinking deserving of more study. Out April 25. — JR  

19. ABANDONED IN PLACE BY ROLAND MILLER

Partly a work of history and partly a photography book, Abandoned in Place is a photographic and textual exploration of abandoned NASA, military, and air force facilities across the country, many quietly rusting in the middle of the desert. (The phrase “Abandoned in Place” is sometimes stenciled on deactivated equipment.)  Many sites have disappeared since the photos were taken, so the book serves as a kind of record, as well as some serious eye candy for space history aficionados. Out March 1. — BL  

20. HOW MAY WE HATE YOU?: NOTES FROM THE CONCIERGE DESK BY ANNA DREZEN AND TODD DAKOTAH BRISCOE

If you’ve ever wondered how badly people really behave at hotels, How May We Hate You? has all the answers. Written by two NYU students-turned-concierges at New York hotels, the book is a funny, graphics-packed look at life in this particularly fetid corner of the service industry, where women demand blow-outs only at salons that don’t have time for them, and tourists get lost walking three blocks. There’s plenty of insight into how hotels really work, plus a role the authors explain has shifted from “the keeper of the keys” to “The Googler of the closest McDonald’s." Out May 17. — BL  

21. TINY PANTONE OBJECTS BY INKA MATHEW

For years, graphic designer Inka Mathew has been photographing items in the natural and manufactured world, from shamrocks to Cheetos, that perfectly match Pantone shades. Now she’s turned her popular PMS Match Tumblr into a book that’s perfect for all you Pantone obsessives. Out May 3. — BL

22. THE FIELD GUIDE TO SPORTS METAPHORS: A COMPENDIUM OF COMPETITIVE WORDS AND IDIOMS BY JOSH CHETWYND

Many of us use sports idioms and metaphors—ballpark figure, all-star—with little awareness of where they came from. This field guide delves into the weird histories behind many of the sports-related phrases we use every day, from the ones with obvious connections (batting a thousand) to the more obscurely connected (who knew stymie comes from golf). Even “soccer mom” and “armchair quarterback” make an appearance. Written by a former pro baseball player who also happens to be a journalist. Out May 10. — BL

23. THE ANATOMICAL VENUS: WAX, GOD, DEATH & THE ECSTATIC BY JOANNA EBENSTEIN

Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum grew out of founder Joanna Ebenstein’s obsession with historical wax medical models. The most arresting of those models is probably an anatomical teaching tool known as the Anatomical Venus, a dissectible woman who lies prone, often in seeming ecstasy, with all her guts on display. This exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated book—the first to focus on the Anatomical Venus—examines the troubling figure’s rise in 18th century Florence, examining what it has to tell us about death, the body, women, medicine and the uncanny. Out May 24. — BL

24. THE CABARET OF PLANTS: FORTY THOUSAND YEARS OF PLANT LIFE AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION BY RICHARD MABEY

Why should humans have all the fun when it comes to biographies? In The Cabaret of Plants, British naturalist Richard Mabey muses about how plants have played a central role in history and culture, from a symbolic perspective (Britain’s oak, Newton’s apple) as well as a practical one. Out Jan 11. — BL

25. DEATH ON EARTH: ADVENTURES IN EVOLUTION AND MORTALITY BY JULES HOWARD

Why do animals die, and do we really need the Grim Reaper after all? Zoologist Jules Howard explores the role of mortality in the natural world, from nematodes to humans, looking at how death has shaped our bodies and our culture. Will we ever evolve past death? And would that even be a good idea? Out May 10.  — BL

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11 Popular Quotes Commonly Misattributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald
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F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a lot of famous lines, from musings on failure in Tender is the Night to “so we beat on, boats against the current” from The Great Gatsby. Yet even with a seemingly never-ending well of words and beautiful quotations, many popular idioms and phrases are wrongly attributed to the famous Jazz Age author, who was born on this day in 1896. Here are 11 popular phrases that are often misattributed to Fitzgerald. (You may need to update your Pinterest boards.)

1. “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.”

This quote is often attributed to either Fitzgerald or his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway, who died in 1961. There is no evidence in the collected works of either writer to support that attribution; the idea was first associated with Fitzgerald in a 1996 Associated Press story, and later in Stephen Fry’s memoir More Fool Me. In actuality, humorist Peter De Vries coined an early version of the phrase in a 1964 novel titled Reuben, Reuben.

2. “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE OR, IN MY CASE, TOO EARLY TO BE WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE.”

It’s easy to see where the mistake could be made regarding this quote: Fitzgerald wrote the short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1922 for Collier's Magazine, and it was adapted into a movie of the same name, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, in 2008. Eric Roth wrote the screenplay, in which that quotation appears.

3. “OUR LIVES ARE DEFINED BY OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN THE ONES WE MISS.”

This is a similar case to the previous quotation; this quote is attributed to Benjamin Button’s character in the film adaptation. It’s found in the script, but not in the original short story.

4. “YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY STORMS ARE NAMED AFTER PEOPLE.”

There is no evidence that Fitzgerald penned this line in any of his known works. In this Pinterest pin, it is attributed to his novel The Beautiful and Damned. However, nothing like that appears in the book; additionally, according to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Association, although there were a few storms named after saints, and an Australian meteorologist was giving storms names in the 19th century, the practice didn’t become widespread until after 1941. Fitzgerald died in 1940.

5. “A SENTIMENTAL PERSON THINKS THINGS WILL LAST. A ROMANTIC PERSON HAS A DESPERATE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WON’T.”

This exact quote does not appear in Fitzgerald’s work—though a version of it does, in his 1920 novel This Side of Paradise:

“No, I’m romantic—a sentimental person thinks things will last—a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t. Sentiment is emotional.” The incorrect version is widely circulated and requoted.

6. “IT’S A FUNNY THING ABOUT COMING HOME. NOTHING CHANGES. EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME, FEELS THE SAME, EVEN SMELLS THE SAME. YOU REALIZE WHAT’S CHANGED IS YOU.”

This quote also appears in the 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button script, but not in the original short story.

7. “GREAT BOOKS WRITE THEMSELVES; ONLY BAD BOOKS HAVE TO BE WRITTEN.”

There is no evidence of this quote in any of Fitzgerald’s writings; it mostly seems to circulate on websites like qotd.org, quotefancy.com and azquotes.com with no clarification as to where it originated.

8. “SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL, BUT NOT LIKE THOSE GIRLS IN THE MAGAZINES. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL FOR THE WAY SHE THOUGHT. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL FOR THE SPARKLE IN HER EYES WHEN SHE TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING SHE LOVED. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL FOR HER ABILITY TO MAKE OTHER PEOPLE SMILE, EVEN IF SHE WAS SAD. NO, SHE WASN’T BEAUTIFUL FOR SOMETHING AS TEMPORARY AS HER LOOKS. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL, DEEP DOWN TO HER SOUL.”

This quote may have originated in a memoir/advice book published in 2011 by Natalie Newman titled Butterflies and Bullshit, where it appears in its entirety. It was attributed to Fitzgerald in a January 2015 Thought Catalog article, and was quoted as written by an unknown source in Hello, Beauty Full: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You by Elisa Morgan, published in September 2015. However, there’s no evidence that Fitzgerald said or wrote anything like it.

9. “AND IN THE END, WE WERE ALL JUST HUMANS, DRUNK ON THE IDEA THAT LOVE, ONLY LOVE, COULD HEAL OUR BROKENNESS.”

Christopher Poindexter, the successful Instagram poet, wrote this as part of a cycle of poems called “the blooming of madness” in 2013. After a Twitter account called @SirJayGatsby tweeted the phrase with no attribution, it went viral as being attributed to Fitzgerald. Poindexter has addressed its origin on several occasions.

10. “YOU NEED CHAOS IN YOUR SOUL TO GIVE BIRTH TO A DANCING STAR.”

This poetic phrase is actually derived from the work of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who died in 1900, just four years after Fitzgerald was born in 1896. In his book Thus Spake ZarathustraNietzsche wrote the phrase, “One must have chaos within to enable one to give birth to a dancing star.” Over time, it’s been truncated and modernized into the currently popular version, which was included in the 2009 book You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career by Katharine Brooks.

11. “FOR THE GIRLS WITH MESSY HAIR AND THIRSTY HEARTS.”

This quote is the dedication in Jodi Lynn Anderson’s book Tiger Lily, a reimagining of the classic story of Peter Pan. While it is often attributed to Anderson, many Tumblr pages and online posts cite Fitzgerald as its author.

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10 Terrific Facts About Stephen King
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As if being one of the world's most successful and prolific writers wasn't already reason enough to celebrate, Stephen King is ringing in his birthday as the toast of Hollywood. As It continues to break box office records, we're digging into the horror master's past. Here are 10 things you might not have known about Stephen King, who turns 70 years old today.

1. STEPHEN KING AND HIS WIFE, TABITHA, OWN A RADIO STATION.

Stephen and Tabitha King own Zone Radio, a company that serves to head their three radio stations in Maine. One of them, WKIT, is a classic rock station that goes by the tagline "Stephen King's Rock Station."

2. HE'S A HARDCORE RED SOX FAN.

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Not only did he write a story about the Boston Red Sox—The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (who was a former Red Sox pitcher)—he also had a cameo in the Jimmy Fallon/Drew Barrymore movie Fever Pitch, which is about a crazed Sox fan. He plays himself and throws out the first pitch at a game.

In 2004, King and Stewart O'Nan, another novelist, chronicled their reactions to the season that finally brought the World Series title back to Beantown. It's appropriately titled Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season.

3. HE WAS HIT BY A CAR, THEN BOUGHT THE CAR THAT HIT HIM.

You probably remember that King was hit by a van not far from his summer home in Maine in 1999. The incident left King with a collapsed lung, multiple fractures to his hip and leg, and a gash to the head. Afterward, King and his lawyer bought the van for $1500 with King announcing that, "Yes, we've got the van, and I'm going to take a sledgehammer and beat it!"

4. AS A KID, HIS FRIEND WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A TRAIN.

King's brain seems to be able to create chilling stories at such an amazing clip, yet he's seen his fair share of horror in real life. In addition to the aforementioned car accident, when King was just a kid his friend was struck and killed by a train (a plot line that made it into his story "The Body," which was adapted into Stand By Me). While it would be easy to assume that this incident informed much of King's writing, the author claims to have no memory of the event:

"According to Mom, I had gone off to play at a neighbor’s house—a house that was near a railroad line. About an hour after I left I came back (she said), as white as a ghost. I would not speak for the rest of the day; I would not tell her why I’d not waited to be picked up or phoned that I wanted to come home; I would not tell her why my chum’s mom hadn’t walked me back but had allowed me to come alone.

"It turned out that the kid I had been playing with had been run over by a freight train while playing on or crossing the tracks (years later, my mother told me they had picked up the pieces in a wicker basket). My mom never knew if I had been near him when it happened, if it had occurred before I even arrived, or if I had wandered away after it happened. Perhaps she had her own ideas on the subject. But as I’ve said, I have no memory of the incident at all; only of having been told about it some years after the fact."

5. HE WROTE A MUSICAL WITH JOHN MELLENCAMP.

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King, John Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett collaborated on a musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which made its debut in 2012. The story is based on a house that Mellencamp bought in Indiana that came complete with a ghost story. Legend has it that three siblings were messing around in the woods and one of the brothers accidentally got shot. The surviving brother and sister jumped in the car to go get help, and in their panic, swerved off the road right into a tree and were killed instantly. Of course, the three now haunt the woods by Mellencamp's house.

6. HE PLAYED IN A BAND WITH OTHER SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS.

King played rhythm guitar for a band made up of successful writers called The Rock Bottom Remainders. From 1992 to 2012, the band "toured" about once a year. In addition to King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening and Ridley Pearson were just some of its other members.

7. HE'S A NATIVE MAINER.

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King writes about Maine a lot because he knows and loves The Pine Tree State: he was born there, grew up there, and still lives there (in Bangor). Castle Rock, Derry, and Jerusalem's Lot—the fictional towns he has written about in his books—are just products of King's imagination, but he can tell you exactly where in the state they would be if they were real.

8. HE HAS BATTLED DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS.

Throughout much of the 1980s, King struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In discussing this time, he admitted that, "There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing at all. I don't say that with pride or shame, only with a vague sense of sorrow and loss. I like that book. I wish I could remember enjoying the good parts as I put them down on the page."

It came to a head when his family members staged an intervention and confronted him with drug paraphernalia they had collected from his trash can. It was the eye-opener King needed; he got help and has been sober ever since.

9. THERE WAS A RUMOR THAT HE WROTE A LOST TIE-IN NOVEL.

King was an avid Lost fan and sometimes wrote about the show in his Entertainment Weekly column, "The Pop of King." The admiration was mutual. Lost's writers mentioned that King was a major influence in their work. There was a lot of speculation that he was the man behind Bad Twin, a Lost tie-in mystery, but he debunked that rumor.

10. HE IS SURROUNDED BY WRITERS.

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Stephen isn't the only writer in the King family: His wife, Tabitha King, has published several novels. Joe, their oldest son, followed in his dad's footsteps and is a bestselling horror writer (he writes under the pen name Joe Hill). Youngest child Owen has written a collection of short stories and one novella and he and his dad co-wrote Sleeping Beauties, which will be released later this month (Owen also married a writer). Naomi, the only King daughter, is a minister and gay activist.

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