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Whoopi Goldberg celebrates her birthday by sharing her favorite things of 2022

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Celebrating Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday at “The View” gives everyone a chance to get in on the fun!

Ahead of the EGOT’s 67th birthday on Sunday, she shares unique gifts she would love to give to anyone. Luckily for the studio audience, they went home with all of Goldberg’s favorite items. To help celebrate the occasion, drag queens Tina Burner, Scarlet Envy, Marti Gould Cummings, Hibiscus, Egypt and Pattaya Hart presented the birthday girl’s favorite things.

Find out how to enter for your chance to be the lucky viewer to win products from all of the companies featured in Whoopi’s Favorite Things! Submissions must be entered by Sunday, Nov. 13, at midnight eastern time.

Whoopi’s Prosecco

Goldberg loves hosting gatherings with friends and family. That’s why she created Whoopi Prosecco, a white sparkling wine made with organic grapes featuring vibrant citrus notes, harvested by hand in the prestigious Veneto Region of Italy.

Home viewers can get free shipping on Whoopi Prosecco until Thursday, Nov. 17 with the code BIRTHDAY.



As long as Goldberg has been loving shoes, she’s been wearing Birkenstocks! Style meets comfort with Birkenstocks’ world of footwear. From sandals to clogs, and sneakers to boots, there’s a shoe for everyone.


“By Lorenzo Quinn” Give & Receive Unisex Bracelet

Internationally-renowned sculptor, Lorenzo Quinn, creates Wearable Meaningful Art. All of his work is handmade in Spain and shares a special message. The “Give and Receive” bracelet that Goldberg wears has the message that the more love you give, the more love you receive.

By Lorenzo Quinn is offering a 25% discount by using the code WHOOPI through Nov. 10, 2023.


Itinera Beauty Products

Itinera reminds Goldberg of the real scents of Italy, and she can’t do without them! They host a collection of hair and body care springing from an all-Italian passion for nature and are 100% vegan, no animal-derived ingredients. All products are formulated with at least 95% natural ingredients, with beneficial properties, and cosmetics are made with 100% locally grown Italian ingredients.

Products start at $2.49 Itinera.Store

Kizik Sneakers

Kizik is are the original hands-free shoe! Just step down on the heel, and it snaps back into place. No bending, no tying, no heel-crushing. They have Rabbit Foam outsoles that cushion your feet and rebound with every step. The spring back Kizik heel is cushioned so they stay comfortably in place until you step out of them.


Made In Cookware

Made In Cookware’s Carbon Steel combines the heat retention of cast iron with the control and maneuverability of Stainless Clad, resulting in a natural non-stick alternative. Carbon Steel is stamped into a disc that’s half the weight of cast iron but every bit as durable. It seasons faster, responds quicker, and is light enough to travel with.



Alessi is the leading Italian design manufacturer, producing functional pieces of art for the home, kitchen, table and more. Alessi’s iconic pieces can be found in permanent collections of the most prestigious museums around the world and has appeared in over 100 international movies and TV series.


Funko Pop

Funko is the world’s largest proprietor of licenses and distributes licensed pop culture products across multiple categories, including vinyl figures, board games, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories. This year, Funko has a Pop! inspired Grogu balloon in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Whoopi’s Sweaters & Dog Sweaters

This holiday season Whoopi is once again featuring her line of holiday sweaters, and she’s adding dog sweaters to the collection!

Adult sweaters $169 & dog sweaters $49

A Trip for 2 to the All-Inclusive Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Cancun

From the award-winning TAFER Hotels & Resorts, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancún is the newest, hottest, and most luxurious all-inclusive resort in Mexico’s Cancun region. It’s a beachfront resort perched along the coastline in Playa Mujeres, in the Mexican Caribbean. This high-end resort offers contemporary design, sleek accommodations, the finest gourmet cuisine, and Spa Imagine with attentive service for guests to enjoy the ultimate vacation experience.



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Book Review: Explosive debut novel ‘Fireworks Every Night’ is a bittersweet celebration of survival

“Fireworks Every Night” by Beth Raymer (Random House)

C.C.’s isn’t your typical rags-to-riches story. She remembers growing up in a single-wide with her older sister, stay-at-home mom and car-salesman dad. But she also remembers when they moved to Florida after everything in the car lot burned down — including their home — launching them into a comfortable middle-class life and a fresh start in a state her dad proudly brags has fireworks every night.

“Fireworks Every Night” is Beth Raymer’s debut novel, but not her first book. Following her 2010 memoir “Lay the Favorite,” she borrows from her life to create a deeply personal story of a dysfunctional family.

Having grown up in West Palm Beach, Raymer puts her local knowledge to use as her protagonist — a resident of Loxahatchee, Florida — rattles off the schools she plays basketball against, and how worn down or rich they are. She’s familiar with the Baker Act and who’s been institutionalized through its use. She knows all the neighborhoods and has eaten at Benny’s on the Beach.

If the gorgeous cover designed by Elizabeth A. D. Eno isn’t enough to draw you in, let the heartbreakingly determined main character and the promise of an earnest look at the skeletons in her closet convince you.

In adulthood, C.C. is engaged to a well-educated and absurdly wealthy man — a far cry from the childhood in which she learns what it means to fight for survival. Hopping between the two timelines in stark juxtaposition, the full picture of C.C.’s life emerges.

As kid-C.C.’s home life comes completely unraveled, the story morphs from tragicomedy to horror, revealing how her family fell apart and left her sister struggling with addiction, her mother chronically absent and her father homeless. All the while, adult-C.C. is juggling a host of modern stresses: the viability of having children, climate change, living in a world that makes it far too easy to compare yourself with the 8 billion others who inhabit it, and reconciling your self-worth with the balance in your bank account.

Raymer launches addiction, homelessness, neglect and poverty shamelessly into the lexicon, treating C.C. and her family with nothing less than respect.

A nature motif runs throughout the story, blurring the line between animal and human and calling into question what is “natural” in a world so unnaturally shaped by people. Animals play a quiet but pivotal role throughout “Fireworks Every Night,” shaping Raymer’s engrossing novel into a bittersweet celebration of the scrappy Americans who are finding a way to survive even as the elite push humans and animals alike out of their habitats.

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Book Review: ‘White House by the Sea’ tells storied Kennedy tale through family’s compound

“White House By the Sea: A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port” by Kate Storey (Scribner)

The history of the Kennedy family is so well-chronicled — from the modern Camelot legend surrounding John F. Kennedy’s presidency to the series of tragedies that marked the family throughout the 20tb century — that it’s hard to imagine new ways to tell their story.

But Kate Storey does just that in “White House By the Sea: A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port” — revisiting the family’s history through their time at the famed Kennedy compound on Cape Cod.

Storey, the senior features editor at Rolling Stone magazine, weaves a fascinating narrative about the Kennedy family using Hyannis Port as the backdrop. The book traces the family’s ties to the compound back to the 1920s, when Joseph Kennedy bought Malcolm Cottage, what became known as the Big House.

Many of the stories feel so familiar, from Joseph Kennedy Jr.’s death during World War II to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s fatal plane crash in 1999. The compound was also the setting for much happier occasions, including John F. Kennedy’s presidential acceptance speech and the wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

Storey gives them a fresh look with new details and well-sourced reporting that opens up a traditionally private community — “what’s left of Camelot,” she writes.

Storey’s research gives the book a more intimate feel than many other histories of the Kennedy family, introducing figures that aren’t as well-known but played a key role in the family and its compound. Fittingly, it’s written in an accessible way that makes the book a welcome beach read.

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Fox News unveils primetime lineup with Jesse Watters in Tucker Carlson’s former time slot

Jesse Watters will fill the Fox News Channel time slot left vacant by the firing of Tucker Carlson, part of a dramatic revamp of the network’s evening lineup announced on Monday.

Greg Gutfeld’s late-night show that combines news and comedy will move up an hour to start at 10 p.m. Eastern, displacing Laura Ingraham. She’ll shift to 7 p.m., the hour that Watters has occupied. Sean Hannity will stay in his 9 p.m. time slot, Fox said. The new lineup debuts on July 17.

The announcement comes roughly two months after Fox News fired Carlson shortly after settling a defamation lawsuit with the voting machine maker Dominion Voting Systems on the eve of trial. The case, which centered on the network’s airing of false claims following the 2020 presidential election, exposed a trove of private messages sent between Fox hosts, including Hannity and Carlson, in which they criticized peers at the network.

Carlson has since begun doing occasional monologues for Twitter, although Fox is attempting to get him to stop the broadcasts.

Fox has seen its ratings tumble since Carlson exited. Carlson averaged 3.25 million viewers at 8 p.m. in the first three months of the year, and the string of guest hosts who replaced him the past two months usually reached under 2 million, making the network’s command more tenuous.

The lineup change signals that Fox is doubling down on its opinionated evening programming strategy, with three sharp-tongued men filling the prime-time hours. It’s something of a triumphant return for Watters, who got his start at the 8 p.m. hour, doing man-in-the-street interviews and other features for Bill O’Reilly before O’Reilly’s firing in 2017.

It also means double duty for Gutfeld and Watters, who are both panelists on “The Five” and will continue there. The late-afternoon political talk show has become Fox’s most popular program.

Keeping that show’s chemistry intact appeared to be a priority for Fox. Gutfeld said in a Wall Street Journal interview last week that he would no longer appear on “The Five” or do his late-night show if he were to get Carlson’s old time slot.

Trace Gallagher, who has worked at Fox since the network began in 1996, will host a news show at 11 p.m., filling the hour that Gutfeld is leaving vacant.

“The unique perspectives of Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, and Greg Gutfeld will ensure our viewers have access to unrivaled coverage from our best-in-class team for years to come,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement.

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