Archive for April, 2008

Off Topic (but only a little)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

From a list of what defines today’s broad (or, “kick-ass woman”), on PopMatters:

Today’s broad:

• Would never be caught speaking the words “that’s hot.”

• Doesn’t own any pairs of Manolo Blahniks…

Is not the librarian with glasses and her hair in a bun who then tosses her glasses and shakes out her hair to lure a man. She’s the librarian. Period.

Child 44

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A full-page ad in the Times today announces the release of the debut thriller, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

The current Entertainment Weekly calls it “sensational” giving it an A-. Why the minus? The “prose is propulsive but plain; his real genius is his careful plotting.”

It’s also been selected for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. B&N will host reading group discussions in its stores and online book club, as well as in-store author appearances. There’s also a moody and effective reading by the author on the B&N.com book page.

The book generated buzz at last year’s London Book Fair (the author is British) when Ridley Scott bought film rights before the show opened.

It was released in Great Britain (by S&S) in March. The Guardian reviewer on April 12th, says “I can think of few novels that have touched so eloquently on the complex moral climate of life in the Soviet Union while delivering all the pleasures of a brilliant airport read.”

It’s listed as on order by most libraries; a few already have it in circulation.

Child 44
by Tom Rob Smith

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446402389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446402385
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $39.98
  • Reader: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 160024159X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241598
  • Large Type: $26.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446509256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446509251

“Beautiful Swimmers” Author Dies

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The New York Times today reports that William Warner, who won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1977 for his book about Chesapeake Bay crabs and the men who fish them, died on April 18th.

As an ex-Marylander (and a continuing crab enthusiast), I’m sorry to hear the news, but glad his book was received so well and that it lives on, in print and in libraries.

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

  • Paperback: $14.99
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (March 21, 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0316923354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316923354

And, in Movie News

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Variety reports that the film rights to the father/son memoirs of addiction, David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (Houghton Mifflin, Feb) and Nic Sheff’s Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Ginee Seo Books/S&S, Feb) have been sold to Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B. Father and son made an appearance on Oprah three weeks ago. Both books are now on the NYT Best Seller lists (Beautiful Boy at #1 on Nonfiction and Tweak at #3 on Children’s Chapter Books).

Variety also notes that the movie will be produced in association with Starbucks. The coffee chain is currently featuring the book in their stores (the next Starbucks Pick is The Art of Racing in the Rain).

Plan B and Paramount are also developing Eat, Pray Love with Julia Roberts set to star.

Remember, selling film rights doesn’t always result in a movie. Whenever hearing such news, it pays to remember the many books to movies that are lost in production.

Variety also reports that Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons has been optioned.

Not Your Grandma’s Plymouth Rock

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Tony Horwitz scores three interviews this week for his new book, A Voyage Long and Strange:

NPR “All Things Considered”

USA Today, “Life Section” Cover — USA Today also features Tony as a Guest Blogger, with live reports from his book tour.

The New York Times

The book is now on Amazon’s bestseller list at #52. It is on order in all libraries I checked with comfortable holds to copy ratios.

The Times describes it this way:

The book starts with the Viking discovery of North America, dispels a number of myths about Columbus (a much lousier navigator than we were taught) and then traces the various Spanish and French explorations of America before turning to the English settlements at Jamestown and Plymouth.

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

by Tony Horwitz

  • Hardcover: $27.50
  • Publisher: Henry Holt (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0805076034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805076035
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $31.95
  • Publisher: Random House (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739317237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739317235
  • Large Type: $32.95
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (June 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410405583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410405586

Money Woes Sell Books

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

While we’re waiting for official news that we’re in a recession, the Amazon bestseller list shows that Americans are trying to solve their own economic crises. Three of the titles in the top 6 offer ways to make money in today’s economy.

Hitting the list at #1 today:

Multi-Family Millions: How Anyone Can Reposition Apartments for Big Profits

by David Lindahl (Author)

  • Hardcover: $27.95
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0470267607
  • ISBN-13: 978-047026760

Lindahl does seminars on real estate investing. Wonder what his advice is on getting loans to buy those apartment buildings? The book has not been reveiwed pre-pub and is not owned in libraries.

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At #4 (went on at #2 last Thursday and has stayed in the top 5)

The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business

by Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson, Ethan Willis

  • Hardcover: $19.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday Business (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526029
  • Audio CD: Unabridged $19.95
  • Publisher: Random House (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739329057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739329054

The One-Minute Entrepreneur is owned in small quantities in the libraries I checked.

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#6 (went on at #15 earlier today)

The Demise of the Dollar…And Why It’s Even Better for Your Investments

by Addison Wiggin

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Rev Upd edition (April 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0470287241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470287248

This new edition of the 2005 title is not owned in the libraries I checked, but they have the previous edition. Wiggin is being quoted in media coverage of the falling dollar.

In Tune with “The Soloist”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Last week, we suggested that The Soloist, which landed at #25 on the Amazon list after an NPR interview, is a book to watch. Additional attention comes to the book this week, with Dana Goodyear’s five-page article in the New Yorker about the making of the movie. Unfortunately, the story is not on the New Yorker‘s site, so we can’t link to it, but it’s worth seeking out in print. Much of the book and therefore the movie takes place in L.A.’s Skid Row. Director, Joe Wright (Atonement), insisted on casting the local street people as extras. Goodyear writes about the movie’s impact on their lives as well as on that of the soloist himself.

The movie is scheduled for release around Thanksgiving.

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music Steve Lopez

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155062
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433215225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433215223
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $44.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433215217
  • ISBN-13: 978-143321521

Getting Ready for BEA

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Library Journal‘s preview of BookExpo America is now available. It’s a great guide to events that will appeal specifically to librarians. I’d like to give a special pitch to one of the programs;

3–5:30 p.m.
BEA’s Librarian Book Buzz/Meet the Publisher Rep Reception 2008 (Rm. 402A)
Library marketing reps Talia Ross, Macmillan; Jen Childs, Random House; Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Heather Scott, Hachette Book Group USA; and Michael Rockliff, Workman, reveal what they think will be the season’s hottest books for libraries. (A Meet the Publisher Rep Reception follows this program.)

The reception afterward is a great opportunity to meet the publisher reps who serve the library market.

Be aware that there are other events LJ does not list, like the Book & Author Breakfasts and Lunches and a performance by Lewis Black (his book, Me of Little Faith, will be pubbed by Riverhead, June 3rd) on Saturday night. You can sign up for these events as part of the registration process.

BEA has designated the Kyoto Grand as the “Librarians Hotel”:

Convenient and great hotel at a reasonable rate, just for Librarians! Enjoy special librarian receptions, network and meet librarians form other systems around the country, and enjoy special librarian-only events.

Kyoto Grand Hotel
120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA

The AAP will be offering “grab and go” breakfast at the Kyoto Grand on Saturday, with publishers and authors featured. There will also be a hospitality desk, with giveaways.

The current Publishers Weekly (4/28) has their BEA preview, including booksellers’ picks of the galleys that publishers will be giving away:

Galleys to Grab

I can’t help but add my own pick to the list:

Hyperion — Booths: 1946. 1955.
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller

A Civil War novel, told through the eyes of a slave.

Check it out in Hyperion’s Fall catalog

Kid’s Galleys to Grab

PW also has an alpha list of all exhibitors, with information on what they will be featuring. It’s a good idea to spend time with it in advance — the show floor can be overwhelming. Among othere things, it’s a good place to identify smaller niche publishers who specialize in hard-to-find subject areas:

BEA Exhibitors, A to F

BEA Exhibitors, G to O

BEA Exhibitors, P to Z

A few librarian events on the LJ list are ticketed, with limited seating, so you may want to consider them now, before they are sold out:

THURSDAY, MAY 29
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
A Day of Dialog for Publishers, Vendors, and Librarians (Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library); registration required
Join LJ at the Los Angeles Public Library for the annual Day of Dialog, a free, daylong program where librarians, publishers, authors, and vendors meet. Find out what the hot books and trends are for fall from editors at major publishing houses, including David Ebershoff (Random House), Morgan Entrekin (Grove/Atlantic), Sara Knight (Holt), Phil Turner (Sterling), and Claire Wachtel (HarperCollins). Pose a readers’ advisory challenge to developers of RA tools, among them NoveList’s Duncan Smith (EBSCO), Fiction Connection and Non-Fiction Connection’s Melissa Kuzma (Bowker), Books & Authors’ Marc J. Cormier (Gale Cengage), and Reader’s Advisor Online’s Laura Calderone (Libraries Unlimited). Get up to speed on digital audio formats and downloadable audio, with HarperMedia publisher Ana Maria Allessi, Random House Audio publisher Madeline McIntosh, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, and Playaway cofounder Blake Squires. And hear about the comeback of historical fiction from Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti and the forthcoming The Heretic Queen (Crown, Sept.), and others. Be our guests for coffee and croissants, lunch, and a wrap-up cocktail party. The perfect way to start your stay at BookExpo America.
Owing to space limitations, we will only accept registration from librarians, publishers, and vendors, in that order. Sign up today

6:30–8 p.m.
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Dine with authors Kathleen Kent, John Scalzi, Kate Jacobs, and others, courtesy of publishers, AAP, and LJ, at the second annual librarians dinner. Seating is limited; contact tjordan@publishers.org.


FRIDAY, MAY 30
7:30–9 a.m.
Random House/LJ Author Breakfast for Collection Development Librarians
What’s better than breakfast while listening to great writers speak? This year’s authors at the annual feast are Sarah Addison Allen (The Sugar Queen, Bantam), Janelle Brown (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Spiegel & Grau), Ethan Canin (America, America, Random), Debra Ginsberg (The Grift, Shaye Areheart: Harmony), and David Guterson (The Other, Knopf). Advance reservations are necessary; go here to sign up.

Dissecting “The Wolf”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

New York magazine this week puts Augusten Burroughs under the microscope to find out if he really remembers everything he claims he does (Sam Anderson, the writer of the article, actually refers to his “inner polygraph” going off on occasion). Ironically, a disclaimer at the beginning of the article reads,

NOTE: This profile of the allegedly fake memoirist Augusten Burroughs is based on real events. Dialogue has been compressed, and chronology has been changed for dramatic effect

Refreshingly, a review in the Washington Post today wastes no time on trying to verify the book’s claim (unlike the Times and a few others, as we reported earlier) and focuses on the book’s appeal,

Burroughs is doing something new here: ripping the scabs off emotional wounds without his usual acidic humor to deaden the pain…Still, Burroughs retains his capacity to move the reader: There is gorgeous writing on every page….Burroughs is to be commended for addressing this painful material head-on and with such sobriety, but I can’t help missing his crisp, biting humor and the immediacy of an author who typically puts his reader right alongside him for the journey. As much as I admire his brave effort, I felt relegated to the back seat. With Augusten Burroughs, I want to be riding shotgun.

This week’s People magazine gives it four stars out of a possible four (sorry, no link. People does not put its reviews online) and makes it their pick of the week.

Most libraries I checked showed it still on order, with reserves building. Time to get the book into circulation.

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

by Augusten Burroughs

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312342020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312342029
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $29.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; (April 29, 2008)
  • Reader: Augusten Burroughs
  • ISBN-10: 142720425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427204257

Get Ready; “The Host” is Coming!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

In anticipation of the release next Tuesday of Stephenie Meyer’s adult title, The Host, Time magazine profiles the author. Echoing a piece in the Wall Street Journal last year, the article is called, “Stephenie Meyer: A New J.K. Rowling?

Time offers insight into her appeal.

…she rewrites stock horror plots as love stories, and in doing so, she makes them new again. She writes vampire novels without the biting and science fiction without the lasers. Instead, she slows down the action, tapping it for the pent-up emotional drama that’s always been present in it but had been all but invisible until she came along.

Most libraries have The Host on order in quantity, but reserves are heavy (in some cases, over 10 to 1). None of the libraries I checked have ordered it for their Young Adult collections. As we’ve said before, the book has strong crossover appeal and should be purchased for both YA and adult collections (Booklist agrees in their 3/1 review). Addressing the issue of sexual content in the books, Time says, “some of their appeal lies in their fine moral hygiene: they’re an alternative to the hookup scene, Gossip Girls for good girls…What makes Meyer’s books so distinctive is that they’re about the erotics of abstinence. Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint.”

The Host Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-031606804
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition, $49.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio, (May 6, 2008)
  • Reader: Kate Reading
  • ISBN-10: 1600241662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241666
  • Paperback: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316034118
  • ISBN-13: 978-03160341

The release of The Host is likely to feed the anticipation for the release of the fourth title in Meyer’s Y.A. series, Breaking Dawn, which pubs on Aug. 2. The book is embargoed, so there will be no reviews. For more on the publisher’s plans for it, check our Feb. 14 story

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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $22.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (August 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 031606792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067928
  • Audio CD: Unabridged $60
  • Publisher: Listening Library (August 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739367676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739367674

Jeffrey Gegner, Popular Materials Specialist at Hennepin County Library, offers this idea for adding long-lead titles to the catalog:

At Hennepin County LIbrary (suburban), we put a record into our catalog for Breaking Dawn at the end of December and our order went out February 19. This morning there are 271 requests on 47 copies.

When we have information from a reliable source about an upcoming title that is expected to have high demand, we put a ‘Work in Progess’ record in our catalog so customers may place requests. We’re selective about how many we add, but it saves customers and staff a lot of hassle.

In addition, Baker & Taylor doesn’t always have full ordering information on some high demand titles as quickly as we’d like. If I’m able to verify title, ISBN, price, etc., at other sources such as the publisher’s website, author’s website or Amazon, I will prepare an order, use it to create a record in the catalog, and then hold the actual order until the title shows in Title Source. Again, this is done selectively.

Summer Movie Season Begins

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The summer movies season is about to begin, officially kicking off on 5/02 with the latest comic book-to-movie franchise, Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Variety devotes a whole section of their Web site to it. Check out the trailers, even if you think you’re not a comic hero (in this case, anti-hero) fan.

Two weeks later, the second Narnia movie hits the screen. HarperCollins has a dizzying number of tie-ins. We parse them for you, under Upcoming Books to Movies.

We’ve updated the “Books to Movies” section with links to all available trailers for upcoming movies.

For a full summer movies preview, check out the Boston Globe‘s listing (free registration required to view it).

Many tie-ins are available for Iron Man. Del Rey is publishing two tie-in paperbacks:

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Iron Man

Peter David

  • Mass Market Paperback: $7.99
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 034550609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506092

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Iron Man: Beneath the Armor

Andy Mangels

  • Trade Paperback:$19.95
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0345506154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506153

HarperCollins is doing novelizations for different age levels:

Iron Man: I Am Iron Man! (I Can Read Book 2)

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: $3.99
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060821930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060821937

Iron Man: A New Hero

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: $3.99
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060821906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060821906

Iron Man: The Junior Novel

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: $4.99
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060821973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060821975
Iron Man: Teen Novelization
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: $6.99
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060821981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060821982

Swan’s Way

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Speaking of dueling reviewers, The Elegant Variation‘s Mark Sarvas, puts up his dukes to NYT Book Review Mystery columnist, Marilyn Stasio, calling her review last week of The Silver Swan “bewildering.” Stasio felt that the book takes too many liberties with “the conventions of crime fiction.” Sarvas counters, “we urge you to ignore Ms. Stasio’s confining notions of what makes a good read and check out this wonderfully moody novel for yourself.”

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The Silver Swan, Benjamin Black

  • Hardcover:$25.00
  • Publisher: Henry Holt (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0805081534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081534
  • Audio CD: $34.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1427202893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427202895

Written under the pen name of Benjamin Black, the book is by “literary” author John Banville (his literary credentials proved by winning the 2005 British Man Booker Prize for The Sea).

Certain Snobs

Friday, April 25th, 2008

If you like Jennifer Weiner, you’ll love watching chick-lit pioneer, Laura Zigman, stand up for her in The Wasington Post. You don’t often read a review that begins by taking another reviewer to task (if we did, review pages might be more lively). Zigman says “Jane Smiley’s dismissive review of ‘the pinkest book you can imagine’ — in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the paper Weiner herself used to write for — was funny enough in a bitterly ironic way to be something right out of one of Weiner’s novels.” And goes on to say,

Smiley thinks it’s a shame that Weiner doesn’t “address larger questions than the psychological ups and downs of her nice Jewish characters,” but to me there are few things larger, not to mention more interesting and entertaining, than the psychological ups and downs of nice Jewish characters, especially the ones Weiner writes about.

Let the Chick Lit Wars begin!

Weiner is not going to be taking the literary high road any time soon, however. She recently signed a two-year deal with ABC Studios. Hollywood Reporter sees this as following in the footsteps of Cecila Ahern, who signed with ABC in 2006 and created the comedy series “Samantha Who?”

Meryl Streep/Julia Child

Friday, April 25th, 2008

The Nora Ephron-directed movie of the book Julie & Julia is currently filming in NYC and caused some New Yorkers agida when they were confronted with a very strong reminder of 9/11; a recreation of the memorial that sprung up around St. Paul’s Chapel, near the World Trade Center site. The memorial, removed in 2002, features in a brief scene in the movie.

In the book, Julie Powell, needing to escape a boring job, decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and write a blog about it. The blog became a book, the book did well, and she changed her boring job for a presumably more fulfilling one as a writer (you can judge for yourself on her new blog, “What Could Happen?”).

According to The Gothamist, the movie will intertwine both Julie and Julia’s lives (who never met in person). Meryl Streep plays Julia Child and Stanley Tucci, her husband, Paul. Amy Adams plays Julie. The movie will be released sometime in 2009.

In other movie news (I don’t know why, but that phrase cracks me up), The Hobbit continues its slow move to the screen. Variety reports that Guillermo del Toro has been signed to direct both The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring back to back. Release dates have not been announced, but Variety estimates we will seem them in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Much Ado About Memoirs

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Today’s NYT profile of Augusten Burroughs and his new memoir (the “prequel,” in a way, to his mega bestselling memoir, Running with Scissors) says it lacks the humor of his previous books. This one, focusing on his father, is a “chilling and terrifying depiction of a soulless sociopath…more Stephen King than David Sedaris.”

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

by Augusten Burroughs

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312342020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312342029

Reflecting the NYT policy, in the wake of the the embarrassment brought on by fake memoirist, Margaret B. Jones, to “always include reporting from other sources…to verify the most important facts,” the article goes on to quote others who knew Burrough’s father, John Robison (Burroughs changed his name from Christopher Robison. His father died in 2005). Some regarded him as the kindly and “almost motherly” chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The NYT even seeks out Burroughs’s mother, Margaret Robison, who is writing her own memoir. She corroborates one passage, but of another, says, “We have different memories.” Burroughs’s brother, John Elder Robison, who wrote his own bestselling memoir Look Me in the Eye, is also quoted. He backs up Burroughs’s story, but says that some of what he writes is through the filter of a young boy’s exaggerated memory.

The San Francisco Chronicle finds the melodrama of the story overwhelming;

His father was quite possibly a very dangerous man and the events that Burroughs includes clearly make for a sad, lonely, confusing, scary childhood.

But what is unclear is why we should want to read about it.

The Chronicle also raises the specter of fake memoirs, but does not attempt to verify events in the book. Instead, the reviewer says readers must “assume that this book, as Burroughs has said of his other memoirs, is how he remembered events, not what may actually have been.”

It seems the fake memoirist issue will lurk behind all the reviews. Entertainment Weekly‘s 4/18 review begins “How many lurid memoirs can a writer get away with before we suspect he’s full of baloney?” EW disingenuously states that “There is no one to challenge his version of events in Wolf, as his father is dead.” The Times has proven otherwise.

We all know how tricky memory can be. How far do we need to go in questioning authors’ memories of events? Margaret B. Jones completely fabricated her “memoirs.” Jonathan Frey knowingly changed events to make them more dramatic. These are quite different situations from someone writing what they honestly remember. Burroughs may remember some things differently than his brother, but the basic outlines of the story agree. That should be enough verification.