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'The Hills' stays alive with reading selections

When I suffered a tragic loss, the literary world helped me maintain my sanity.

Coping with the end of “The Hills” was tough.

The quasi-reality series recently ended its six-season run on MTV. After the finale, I consoled myself by hitting the books — but not self-help selections.

Fortunately, cast members exhibited so much articulate wisdom on camera that many “Hills” stars are now authors.

So in the rare event that MTV will one day favor music videos over “Hills” reruns, we have faith in the fact that the series will still retain a spot in bookstores.

Here’s a look at some memorable current and upcoming releases from the “Hills” crew.

Lauren Conrad: As the original face of “The Hills,” she’s the cast member with the biggest bookshelf presence.

Conrad has released two books in her young-adult series, “L.A. Candy” and “Sweet Little Lies.” A third young-adult novel is scheduled to be released in the future.

Conrad is also slated to release a style manual this year.

In the absence of new “Hills” episodes, fans might need to be reminded of the relevance of oversized sunglasses.

Kelly Cutrone: She appeared on “The Hills” and supervised Conrad and Whitney Port while they worked at People’s Revolution.

Cutrone released “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside” earlier this year. Too bad the tough-love life manual wasn’t around during the early “Hills” episodes.

Whitney Port: She’s already earned her own spinoff show and fashion line, so it’s only logical that this former “Hills” star wants to become an author.

Port’s book, reportedly titled “True Whit” and due out in 2011, is an advice manual. After her memorable stumble on a “Good Morning America” episode, she probably has some good lessons in resilience.

Lo Bosworth: Are there ever too many advice manuals? Bosworth hopes not.

She’s also slated to release a how-to guide, reportedly titled “The Lo-Down.”

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: Um, save the worst for last? The widely despised pair released “How to Be Famous” in 2009.

The book includes lessons on topics like how to “mesmerize the media with outrageous behavior.”

Annoying? Sure. But while perusing the book, you might remember why you stopped watching “The Hills.”

That resurrected disdain makes saying goodbye a lot easier.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8516.

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