Archive for August, 2008

‘Dragon Tattoo’

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be pubbed in the US in a few weeks, on the heels of great success in Europe. The Times of London explores that story in a weekend feature.

In the author’s native Sweden, the book sold over one million copies before being published in England, where it’s sold a more modest, but still very strong 52,000. The British publisher is about to release it in paperback, with a 200,000 copy printing.

The book is the first in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, which is so popular that in Stockholm, fans walk in the steps of the fictional characters.

The London Times describes Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this way,

The protagonists of Dragon Tattoo are a remarkably well-drawn duo; disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and youthful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Salander, in particular, is something completely new in crime fiction; she has an alienating appearance (facial jewellery, ill-matched clothes and the dragon tattoo of the title). But despite her forbidding appearance, she is immensely vulnerable, struggling with personal demons. As she and her journalist colleague investigate the disappearance of the niece of an ailing tycoon, readers realised that Salander was an irresistible new character in the genre.

The second title in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, landed at #10 in France and the third, Castles in the Sky, is now #1 in Sweden.

Unfortunately, Larsson only lived long enough to see his first book become a success in Sweden. He died at the age of 50 in 2004 from an apparent heart attack (there are some who suspect foul play; he was a journalist who had made some scary enemies).

LJ‘s Willy Williams gave it a strong review (LJ review, 8/15) and blogged about it shortly after BEA (we also hear it’s the book she told her boss she had to take with her on vacation).

The originally annouced 100,000 first printing is now up to 150,000, indicating that accounts responded well to it.  A bookseller for BookPeople in Austin, TX makes it a  “Top Shelf Pick” on the indie’s web site and discovered that fellow booksellers in the midwest can’t stop raving about it.

European hits often don’t translate to the US and there are elements in the book that may not appeal to Americans (the novel, titled “Men Who Hate Women” in Sweden, focuses on the serial abuse of women). A reviewer in the Charleston City Paper (the only American newspaper review to date) is so put off by the book, that she suggests Larsson himself was a man who hated women.

Several of the libraries I’ve checked have not ordered it; the rest have ordered it in modest quantities, with some holds.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 480 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (September 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307269752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269751
  • Audio CD: Abridged edition, $29.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio;  (September 16, 2008)
  • Reader: Martin Wenner
  • ISBN-10: 0739370642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739370643

Welcome, New Readers!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

If you just found us via our ad on Unshelved, welcome. As a long-time reader of Unshelved myself, I admire your taste.

Now that you’re here, please take the time to check out what EarlyWord has to offer:

  • Links to download publisher catalogs — browse the winter/spring ’09 catalogs to see what publishers will be promoting and to uncover books that meet your special community needs. You can download directly, from the links on the right, or go to a single list.
  • Publisher Contacts — links to publisher services created specifically for librarians and to library marketing staff.
  • Bestseller List — Highlighted on the right, links to current national and speciality lists.
  • Movies to Books — upcoming and current movies with tie-in title information, plus links to trailers at the right (they’re not even a guilty pleasure; it’s part of your job to stay on top of movies that bring new attention to books).
  • The “Give ’em What They Want” blog, highlighting books on the rise (the AP wrote about Joe Biden’s book today, but there’s another book that actually got more of a bounce because of Bidne’s nomination), word-of-mouth bestsellers and review quotes you can use in readers advisory work.
  • Seasonal overviews. To the right, you’ll see the Books of Summer Picks. The fall list have just begun to appear; we’ll soon begin putting together our Fall Reads Mashup.

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A Fall to Look Forward to

Monday, August 25th, 2008

After Newsweek‘s rather dispiriting look at the fall season in books, it’s good to read New York magazine’s upbeat take (thank heaven; not one complaint about too many pages). 

The featured debut novel is The Good Thief  by Hannah Tinti (it is also reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, with an “A-“; it’s unclear why the “-” since they say this book “secures [Tinti’s] place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists.”)

The Publishers Weekly review gave a different impression, calling it “Disney-ready.”

Sarah Weinman, on her blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, features it as one of her “Picks of the Week.” She agrees it has crossover appeal and calls it “a delightful fusion of Victorian principles and literary quality that, above all, is good fun and good reading.”

Library ordering is light; this is one to watch.

The book with “a shot at becoming the Infinite Jest–style Strangely Popular Giant Novel of the Year.” is 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (it was also mentioned in Newsweek‘s piece, where they pointed out, TWICE, that it is 900 pages).

Ordering for it is also light.

Watch for our Fall Preview Mashup, like the one we did for the summer picks.


Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

  • Hardcover: $26; 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385337450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337458
2666 by Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
  • Hardcover: $30; 912 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0374100144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374100148

‘Plum Wine’

Monday, August 25th, 2008

You may not have heard of the 2006 title Plum Wine, but many people in North Carolina have, because of one enthusiastic bookseller.  The book might have been lucky to sell out its 1,000 copy print run, says the author Angela Davis-Gardner. Instead, it went through seven printings, selling a total of 57,000, thanks to the efforts of Nancy Olson, owner of Quail Ridge Book in Raleigh, N.C., as reported in a story in the Charlotte News & Observer.

This is the kind of story that makes my day (one of the many reasons to read Shelf Awareness, which features it today). To make it even better, an anonymous librarian also plays a role in the story. When author Davis-Gardner was unsuccessfully trying to sell the book, she left part of the manuscript on an airplane. The librarian found it and wrote to Davis-Gardner to tell her how much she liked it. This ray of hope gave the author the needed inspiration to renew her efforts to get it published.

As a result of this success, Plum Wine, originally published by the U. of Wisconsin Press, was picked up for publication in trade paperback by the Dial Press (a division of Random House). Davis-Gardner now has a contract for her next book and can finally take the time off to write it.

The book, as described by the Charlotte News & Observer, sounds like a perfect book club selection (in fact, Cuyahoga County has included it in its collection of bookable discussion sets);

[the book] focuses on an American woman, Barbara Jefferson, living in Tokyo in the 1960s. Jefferson’s surrogate mother Michi dies, leaving her a collection of plum wine bottles wrapped in rice paper covered with calligraphy that details Michi’s life from the early 20th century through World War II. Barbara works with a translator to unravel the plum wine writings, and so reveal a story of human relationships and the horrors of war.

It was starred in PW and reviewed in the Baltimore Sun and the Charlotte Observer (of course).

Plum Wine

Angela Davis-Gardner

  • Paperback: $13.00; 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (March 27, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0385340834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385340830

Let the Fall Previews Begin!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Newsweek (9/1) reminds us that the summer is reaching an end, with their fall entertainment preview. Among their picks in movies, are three based on books (and, no, they don’t mention Twilight).

Check our “Upcoming Movies — with Tie-ins” section for tie-ins to these and other movies of the Fall.

  • SEPT 26  Miracle at Santa Anna

Directed by Spike Lee, this story of black WW II soldiers is based on the book of the same title by James McBride.

  • OCT 10   Body of Lies

Directed by Ridley Scott; starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, based on the book by David Ignatius.

  • NOV 14 Quantum of Solace

(Newsweek lists the opening date as Nov 7th, but it was recently moved to the following week). The next in the 007 franchise, starring Daniel Craig, directed by Marc Foster (who directed The Kite Runner). Based on the collection of Bond short stories of the same title.

Unfortunately, turning to books, Newsweek‘s “Guide to the Fall’s Hottest Reads” doesn’t engender much excitement for the nine selections. Each book gets a “Pro” and a “Con” with the cons being more persuasive. Page numbers come up a lot; the editors seem exhausted by the length of many of the books. Here’s hoping other fall book previews will exhibit more enthusiasm.

Getting to Know Joe

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

A thousand-page book analyzing the 1988 presidental campaigns and the candidates, published in 1992, went to #8 on the Amazon bestseller list over the weekend.


Because Joe Biden was one of those candidates and news sources are turning to the book to find out more about him. looks at the literature on Biden in a piece called “Biden for Dummies” and advises,

Go to Amazon right now and place a rush order for Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes for a vivid depiction of Biden’s 1988 campaign, which is when Biden first sprang to national attention.

Another Politico writer suggests a faster method; just use Amazon’s “Search Inside” feature to read the book’s sections on Biden.

The book is not owned by any of the libraries I checked.

Biden’s own book, Promises to Keep, published last year, rose to #27 over the weekend. It is owned by all the libraries I checked; most have comfortable holds to copy ratios.

What It Takes: The Way to the White House
by Richard Ben Cramer

  • Paperback: $24.00
  • Publisher: Vintage (June 1, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0679746498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679746492


Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics
by Joe Biden
  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Random House (July 31, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1400065364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400065363

Books to Movies Update

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

We’re pleased to see that some library web sites are doing “Read the Book Before You See the Movie” sections, based on our Upcoming Books to Movies information.

The number of movies based on books seems to keep growing and we’ve added several new titles. Links are to trailers, where available.

SEPT 26 – Limited

OCT 03 — Wide

Movie Title: Blindness

Director: Fernando Meirelles

Starring: Jullianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo

Based on: Blindness by Jose Saramago

  • Paperback Tie-in: $15.00
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; 1 (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0156035588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156035583


OCT 03

Movie title: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Director: Robert B. Weide

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges

Based on: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young

  • Movie Tie-in Pbk: $14.95
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Pub. Date: September 01, 2008
  • ISBN-13: 9780306816130



Movie Title: Youth in Revolt — no trailer yet

Director: Miguel Arteta

Starring: Michael Cera, Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta

Based on: Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne

No tie-in edition announced yet


DEC 19

Movie title: Yes Man

Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel

Based on: Yes Man by  Danny Wallace, 2005

Movie tie-in:

[no cover yet]

  • Paperback: $12.99
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; Mti edition (December 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416595538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416595533


DEC 26  – Limited

Movie title: Revolutionary Road

No trailer yet

Yates biographer Blake Bailey looks at the rocky road from book to movie: Slate, 6/26/08

Director: Sam Mendes (American Beauty)


Leonardo DiCaprio — Frank Wheeler

Kate Winslet — April Wheeler

Based on: Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates

[No cover yet]

  • Publisher: Knopf, $14.95
  • Pub. Date: November 25, 2008
  • ISBN-13: 9780307454621
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Ser.
  • Edition Description: Media Tie


FEB 6, ‘09

Film Title: Coraline

Director: Henry Selick

Animated, featuring the voices of: Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher

Based on the book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline Movie Tie-in Edition by Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (October 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061649694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061649691

‘Guernsey’ in Audio

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Curious how the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a novel in the form of letters, would translate to audio, I asked AudioFile Editor & Founder (and EarlyWord contributor), Robin Whitten what she thought.

She likes it! A lot:

Guernsey succeeds brilliantly in audio from several aspects. The serial nature of letters lends itself to the unfolding story, and each letter writer is represented by a different narrator with clearly individual voices.

Books on Tape producer Kelly Gildea made smart choices–Susan Duerdin as Juliet Ashton, author and biographer; John Lee for Adam Dawsey, pig-farmer and devotee of Charles Lamb; Juliet Mills as Amelia Maugery, the motherly patroness; Rosalyn Landor cast as Isola, the herbalist and would-be Miss Marple, and as several of the other quirky island characters; Paul Boehmer reads the letters of Juliet’s editor Sidney, and her American suitor. I shouldn’t gush, but each voice/ character is perfect. 

For the the full AudioFile review, click here.

Listen to a clip here:

Go to AudioFile for reviews of other current audio titles, including;

  • Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva
  • Sail, James Patterson
  • The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston
  • Tribute, Nora Roberts
  • Audio CD; 7 CDs, Unabridged, $80.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (Aug 5)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5440-9

USA Today Bestsellers, 8/21

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

As USA Today points out in this week’s “Book Buzz” column, the three top spots on their bestseller list are occupied by books 1, 2 and 4 in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series (book #3 is in the #5 position, after The Last Lecture). Her other title, The Host, is at #20.

Among the debuts on this week’s list is a title that began appearing on Amazon’s top ten recently (currently, it’s at #20). Called Killing Sacred Cows, it’s an investment self-help book published by the Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher and distributor in Austin, TX. Greenleaf was profiled in Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing small companies in 2006 (where they ranked #224, with 562% three-year growth) and, according to the Austin Business Journal, are “turning the publishing world on its ear.”

I’ve been told that they’ve run full-page ads for the book in the New York Times (since I don’t read the NYT in print, I haven’t seen them myself). The book got a strong review in PW;

…In the vein of The Secret and the classic Think and Grow Rich, Gunderson suggests that prosperity is a state of mind from which value and wealth flow. Readers will find his assault on traditional financial nostrums fresh, eye-opening and emboldening.

It’s owned in small quantities by most, but not all, of the libraries I checked.

Greenleaf is also the distributor for the self-pubbed Six Disciplines, which hit the lists (USA Today and the Wall Street Journal) a few weeks ago and just went back up on Amazon to #7.


Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity

Garrett B. Gunderson and Stephen Palmer

  • Hardcover: $21.95
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1929774516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929774517


Debut hardcover titles:

#12 Smoke Screen, Sandra Brown, S&S

#22 Money and the Law of Attraction, Esther Hicks, Jay Hicks, Hay House

#59 Killing Sacred Cows, Garrett B. Gunderson, Stephen Palmer, Greenleaf Book Group

#66 Mercedes Coffin, Faye Kellerman, Morrow

#75 Off Season, Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central Publishing

#92 The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff, Random House

#149 Generation Kill, Evan Wright, Berkley


Moving up:

#8 (after 3 weeks) Obama Nation, Jerome Corsi, S&S (from #12 last week) 

#13 (after 5 weeks) WatchmenAlan Moore, Dave Gibbons,  DC Comics (from #18 last week) 

#30 (after 2 weeks) The Case Against Barack Obama (#47 last week) 


Moving Down:

After rising for many weeks, the surprise bestseller of the season, Edgar Sawtelle, looks like it has peaked. The other talked-about debut novels are beginning to decline, as well, with the exception of The Gargoyle, which stays at #111 after two weeks.

#44 (after 3 weeks) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel SocietyMary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, The Dial Press (#34 last week)

#65 (after 10 weeks) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (#50 last week)

#86 (after 3 weeks) The Lace ReaderBrunonia Barry, William Morrow (#55 last week)

A Review to Use

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

It’s no wonder the review of The Grift by Debra Ginsberg is the most emailed of the stories in the NYT Book section today; it makes you want to tell people about it (amazing how rare that is).

One of the goals of EarlyWord is to find consumer reviews that have quotable lines for RA. This one has it;

For anyone who seeks an escape between two covers in these last few weeks of summer…The Grift is a gift with no strings attached… a satisfyingly voyeuristic vision of a mysterious stranger’s supernaturally charged fortunes.

The prepub reviews were decent, but not nearly as enthusiastic. Some libraries I checked don’t have it on order; those that do have holds.

Attention Southern California libraries; the review praises the depiction of San Diego (“a lifelike, multishaded rendering of San Diego’s blend of cultures, classes, ancestries and motivations”), the author’s home town.


The Grift

Debra Ginsberg

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books (August 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307382729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382726

Stephen King, Downloadable

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

As we reported earlier, Stephen King & his publisher, Scribner, are promoting his forthcoming short-story collection, Just After Sunset (to pub Nov. 11) with a downloadable animated video, created by Marvel Comics, of one of the stories, “N.”. Response to the series, as evidenced on blogs, has been good.

If you haven’t seen the episodes, the following widget links to the ones released so far (it ends August 29). 


In addition to the regular print and audio editions of the book, there will also be a large print edition from Thorndike and a hardcover “collectors edition,” which includes a DVD of the animated story “N.”


Just After Sunset

Stephen King

  • Hardcover: $28.00
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416584080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416584087
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $49.99
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743575318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743575317
  • Large Print, Hardcover: $35.95
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410410609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410410603
  • Hardcover with DVD: $37.50
  • Publisher: Scribner; Har/DVD Co edition (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1439115303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439115305

‘People’ Book Reviews, 9/01/08

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Our Consumer Book Coverage links keeps you up to date with the reviews your customers are reading. Unfortunately, People‘s reviews are not online, so here is a rundown of the book coverage in this week’s issue (Sept. 1, Cover: “Ellen & Portia’s Wedding!”):

People Pick; Four (out of four) stars, Nonfiction

After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival 

Robin Gaby Fisher

  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316066214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316066211
  • Audio CD: Unabridged Library edition; $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.; (August 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433244373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433244377
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged Library edition; $19.95
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.;  (August 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433244349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433244346

The true story of two friends who friends supported each other during agonizing recoveries from severe burns suffered during a fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.  People calls it “Unimaginably moving — readers will want to kep a box of tissues at hand — an deeply compassionate.”

Oprah, anyone?


Three (out of four) stars, Fiction:

A Stopover in Venice

Kathryn Walker

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Knopf; (August 19, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307267067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307267061

Now that the NYT has spilled the beans on the author’s past, she is identified in the review’s first line as “an actress divorced from folk singer James Taylor.” The story is about an unhappy musician’s wife who escapes to Venice while her husband is on tour. People likes the book’s “racy, voyeuistic quality,” but finds the plot “labored.”

It’s also been reviewed in The New York Daily News and the Boston Globe (in a review so much more positive, that you have to wonder if they read the same book).


Three (out of four) stars, Fiction:

Confessions of a Contractor

Richard Murphy

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (August 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155079

I’ve been enjoying the book’s ads on Shelf Awareness (“The First Thing a Woman needs to know about home renovation is simple: Do not…under any circumstances…sleep with your contractor.”) and the book’s elaborate Web site (even though it’s difficult to see how the “video testimonials” relate to the book).

About a contractor’s interactions with wealthy Angelenos, People finds it “sexy and filled with enough decor details to keep any HGTV addict happy.” USA Today recently intereviewed the author, an LA contractor himself.


The One Hundred

Nina Garcia

  • Hardcover: $21.95
  • Publisher: Collins Living (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061664618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061664618

People quotes from the Project Runway judge’s selection of 100 fashion classics, with such practical hints as “You’re going to see a lot of [tuxedos on women] since Yves Saint Laurent has passed away. It’s a bold woman who can wear a tuxedo rather than a cocktail dress.”

One Book/One New Orleans

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

One City/One Book programs rarely (if ever) select a brand new book.

But One Book/New Orleans has chosen the just-released (as of yesterday) City of Refuge by Tom Piazza.

Piazza has lived in New Orleans since 1994. An author of several books on jazz and blues as well as fiction and a memoir, his response to Hurricane Katrina was the book Why New Orleans Matters. According to the Times Pacayune, the signing for that book in Oct. 2005 was “one of the first great literary homecomings after the flood.”

The title of City of Refuge comes from a 1920’s gospel song by New Orleans singer Blind Willie Johnson. The Times Pacayune heralds it, saying

…the big Katrina novel here at last, reconstructing a city’s stubborn spirit through a writer’s keen vision into singular human hearts. It remembers the life before, honors the lives lost, and adds its urgency to the struggle that continues.

Piazza appeared at a kick-off event in a New Orleans bookstore last night and will continue to make appearances in the city throughout August.


City of Refuge

Tom Piazza

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Harper (August 19, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061238619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061238611
  • Large Print Paperback: $24.95
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (September 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061669024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061669026

A Humorous Interlude

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The finalists for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor (for books published in CY 2007) have been announced:

Larry Doyle for I Love You, Beth Cooper, HarperCollins

Judge Firoozeh Dumas (Laughing Without an Accent and Funny in Farsi) says,

Clearly Larry Doyle was not the BOMC (“Big Man on Campus” for those of you who have suppressed the Eighties.) Had Larry been cool, he could have never written I Love You, Beth Cooper, a hilarious yet painfully accurate account of high school in all its pimply glory.


Patricia Marx for Him He Him Again The End of Him, S&S

Judge Robert Kaplow (The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun: A Parody, and Me and Orson Welles: A Novel, among others) says,

…the care and exactness of language itself elevates the story into something more artful than simply a comic novel. There is a real sense of a complicated and contradictory human being, and it infuses every page of the novel.


Simon Rich for Ant Farm, Random House

Judge Christopher Buckley says the book is notable “for its youth and freshness and impertinence,” and Jon Stewart, the 2006 winner, called the book “hilarious.”

The winner will be announced Oct. 6.

Previous winners are:

  • 1997  Ian Frazier for Coyote vs. Acme
  • 1999  The editorial staff of The Onion for Our Dumb Century
  • 2001  David Sedaris for Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • 2004  [prize became annual] Christopher Buckley for No Way to Treat a First Lady
  • 2005  Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum for America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.
  • 2006  Alan Zweibel for The Other Shulman
  • 2007  Joe Keenan for My Lucky Star

It’s ‘The War Within’

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

“Untitled on Bush” by Bob Woodward is now The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008, according to the AP. S&S has announced a 900,000 copy first printing, with a “strict embargo,” until it’s Sept 8th release date. Woodward will appear on 60 Minutes the night before. The Washington Post will run excerpts on the 7th.

In a statement, Woodward’s editor, Alice Mayhew claims big things for the book,

There has not been such an authoritative and intimate account of presidential decision making since the Nixon tapes and the Pentagon Papers. This is the declassification of what went on in secret, behind the scenes.

The blog Politico says the are  the first to reveal the cover. On Amazon and B&N, the book is still listed as of 9:30 this morning as “Untitled” with “Cover to be Unveiled.”


The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008

Bob Woodward

  • Hardcover: 512 pages; $32.00
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416558977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416558972
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $29.95
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; (September 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743570502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743570503