Archive for June, 2008


Monday, June 30th, 2008

The first book to criticize Barack Obama, hit the Amazon list at #1 on its release date last Tuesday and has held on to the number 2 or 3 spot since, occasionally going back up to #1. It has one of the longest subtitles on record:

Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies … Are Scamming Us … and What to Do About It by Dick Morris

In the original subtitle, Clinton, not Obama was the focus of ire. In fact, only the last phrase of the original subtitle remains in the new one. As recently as 6/17, the Publishers Weekly “On Sale Next Week” column listed it as:

Fleeced: How Washington Insiders, Foreign Lobbyists, Subprime Lenders, Credit Card Companies, Iraq Reconstruction Contractors, and Clinton Cronies Are Picking Our Pockets…AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Morris appeared on the Today Show on the release date. His appearance on Fox News, was described in a 6/28 NY Times piece about cable news viewership:

During the interview the screen flashed continuously with dire warnings set off in quotation marks — “Obama would take this country to the far left”; “Obama would open the door to illegal immigrants”; “Obama would lower penalties for dangerous drug criminals”; “Obama’s tax plan ‘might trigger a stock market crash’ “ — apparently distilled from Mr. Morris’s book

New York magazine’s “Intel” blog recently interviewed the author. Despite the subtitle change, Morris evidently still has a bone to pick his former employres. The piece is titled, “Dick Morris is Still Mad at the Clintons

The book is shown as being on order in all the libraries I checked, with heavy reserves building in some.

Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies … Are Scamming Us … and What to Do About It

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

  • Hardcover: $26,95
  • Publisher: Harper (June 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061547751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547751

In Movie News

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees, based on Sue Monk Kidd’s bestseller, is scheduled to hit theaters on October 17th. People magazine gives a “sneak peek” (photos from the set, with a brief story) in the new issue (July 7; on newsstands today, but story is not on the People site). Dakota Fanning plays Lily Owens. The beekeeping sisters are played by Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo. Jennifer Hudson plays Lily’s nanny.

The tie-in edition will be released in August.

[No cover available yet]

The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

  • Paperback: $14.00
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (August 20, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143114557
  • ISBN-13: 9780143114550

We mentioned earlier that three June titles seemed to be in limbo. One has surfaced — Nights in Rodanthe (book by Nicholas Sparks; movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane) now has a 9/12 release date and a tie-in edition (information on it, below).

No news yet on Time Traveler’s Wife (book by Audrey Niffenegger; movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams) or Friday Night Knitting Club (book by Kate Jacobs; movie starring Julia Roberts), which were both originally scheduled for June.

Below are the other new additions to our “Upcoming Movies – with tie-ins” list. Links to the trailers appear in the “Books to Movies” section on the right.

7/11- Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D

Director: Eric Brevig

Starring: Brendan Fraser

Tie-in Edition:

Journey 3-D: The Novelization

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: $4.99
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (May 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0843132302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843132304


9/26 – Choke

Director: Clark Gregg

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald

Tie in:


Chuck Palahniuk

  • Paperback: $14.95
  • Publisher: Anchor; Mti edition (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307388921
  • ISBN-13: 978-030738892


9/12 – Nights in Rodanthe

Director: George C. Wolfe

Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere

Tie in:

Nights in Rodanthe

Nicholas Sparks

  • Paperback: $12.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0446691798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446691796


10/10 – City of Ember

Director: Gil Kenan

Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins


City of Ember

Jeanne Duprau

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: $6.99
  • Publisher: Yearling (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385736282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736282

Before Marley

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Yesterday, Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, announced that John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, is at work on a memoir of his years before Marley, called The Longest Trip Home, to be pubbed in October.

The release describes the book as,

The powerful, often hilarious story of a son in the making, and of growing up in a loving, but comically old-school Catholic family. From his troublemaking childhood to his courtship of a fiery blonde named Jenny, Grogan writes about how he came to terms with who he is and what he believes.

The AP did a story which was picked up in several newspapers, including USA Today.

[No cover yet]

The Longest Trip Home

John Grogan

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: William Morrow (October 21, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061713244
  • ISBN-13: 9780061713248
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $34.95
  • Publisher: HarperAudio,(October 21, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 006172629X
  • ISBN-13: 9780061726293

Get Your Gargoyles (and Kitties)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

We recently wrote about the advance buzz for Random House’s debut novel, The Gargoyle. We just got an interesting comment on the post from Jana about how readers may respond to the graphic descriptions of sex and painful injuries in the first 75 pages.

You can judge it for yourself; Random House will be giving away copies of the ARC at ALA, booth #2534. To get a copy, you will need a coupon from Library Journal‘s “Aisle by Aisle Guide” (you’ll see people handing them out at the show).

And, while we’re thinking about galleys at ALA, remind yourself to go to the Hachette booth to pick up a copy of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. You can get the ARC in exchange for a card swipe. Hachette’s booth is #2767. Dewey is one of my favorites of the Fall, but don’t just take my word for it:

I adored Dewey. There are few books that are as memorable; Dewey the Small Town Library Cat will be one of those books that will be etched in my memory for a lifetime. — Jennifer Teitelbaum, Librarian, San Diego County Library

From “Shack” to Mansion

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Back in January, we began to notice the self-pubbed title, The Shack, on the Amazon and USA Today bestseller lists. In May, after it rose to #8 on their list, USA Today also took notice. Today, the NY Times adds to the coverage on the story (it went onto their Trade Paperback Fiction list on June 8).

In May Hachette (which includes Grand Central and Little, Brown) formed a partnership with the book’s original publisher. As a result, the book will now get mainstream advertising.

Bookseller Vivien Jennings from Rainy Day Books in Kansas City, Mo, is quoted saying the book has sold only nine copies in four months in her store, making her surmise that the buzz is restricted to Christian bookstores.

In libraries, however, reserves are heavy, as high as 10 reserves to each copy.

Amazon now shows that audio and large print editions are forthcoming.

The Shack

William P. Young

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Windblown Media (December 6, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0964729245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964729247
  • Paperback: $14.99
  • Publisher: Windblown Media; (May 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0964729237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964729230
  • Audio CD: $27.99
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio (June 20, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1598594192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598594195
  • Large Print, Paperback: $16.99
  • Publisher: Windblown Media (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0964729288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964729285

Even MORE Summer Book Picks

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Just when you think the summer reading lists may have finally come to an end, here comes New York magazine, with their own quirky selections. They pick just 20 titles, but a surprising number are relatively unknown and owned in small quantities in libraries.

The list is divided into five pool-friendly categories. Each includes an older, “classic” title:

Guilt-Free Pulp

I’m not sure the title of the category is borne out by the selections. There’s George Pelecanos’s forthcoming The Turnaround (Little, Brown; Aug. 1) and the classic, Georges Simenon’s Red Lights. I wouldn’t refer to either as “pulp” and neither would they instill guilt, but it’s a catchy title.

The two other titles in the category are on order in small quantities for most libraries:

Alive in Necropolis
Doug Dorst

A first novel that New York describes as “playful.”

PW said, “This charming first novel maps the landscape and lives of a small town where ghosts and the living are sometimes indistinguishable… [it} strikes a perfect balance between humor and pathos…an author to watch.”

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (July 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594489874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594489877


The Legal Limit

Martin Clark

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Knopf (July 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307268357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268358
  • Unabridged Audio: $113.75
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
  • CD: 9781436123631
  • Tape: 9781436123655

In 2004, The New York Times Magazine called Clark “not only the thinking man’s John Grisham, but, maybe better, the drinking man’s” We don’t know what that means, either, but it sounds good. They also called his first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, “arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written” (maybe that has something to do with the drinking?). The book is on order in small quantities, but most libraries have not ordered the audio.

Armchair Tourism

Given the cost of travel, this may be a particularly strong category for the (local) poolside. New York selects an obvious title for this category, Paul Theroux’s new Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, (Houghton Mifflin, August 18), in which the author revisits the places he wrote about 30 years ago in The Great Railway Bazaar.

For the “classic”, New York chooses a reissue from last year that is not owned widely:

The Dud Avocado
Elaine Dundy

  • Paperback: $14.95
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (June 5, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1590172329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590172322

The LA Times called the main character, who spends two years after college in Paris, “a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and Holden Caulfield.” the book was first published in 1958 (hey, I thought avocados had their heydey in the ’70’s).

The two other new titles, on order by libraries in small quantities, are:

First Stop in the New World
David Lida

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (June 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594489890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594489891

If you’re ever been to Mexico City, you know how fascinating and ultimately unknowable it is. In trying to explain this city to an outsider, Lida has his work cut out for him. It looks like he’s succeeded. Francisco Goldman (The Divine Husband), who lives half -time in Mexico City and the other half in New York City says, “One of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood cities has found its great translator and chronicler.”

Author Lido is interviewed in today’s Wall Street Journal.


The Anglo Files
Sarah Lyall

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton (August 18, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0393058468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393058468
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $24.99
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; (September 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400158354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400158355

Lyall used to cover publishing for the NY Times. When she moved to London, she began writing about the Brits and their amusing ways for the paper. New York calls the book “mischievous.”

Respectable Flings

“Respectable Fling”? That doesn’t sound like fun (or even possible). The classic choice for this category is Peyton Place.

New York also chooses a title that has been getting a lot of attention, but mostly in the gossip columns (the author, Jules Asner, is a former model and host on E! and current wife of director Steven Soderbergh). It’s owned in small quantities in most libraries, with heavy holds building:


Jules Asner

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1602860173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602860179

The Houston Chronicle calls the book “a souffle of murder, chick-lit love angst and Hollywood dish.” Asner was recently interviewed in the L.A. Times.


Train to Trieste
Domnica Radulescu

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Knopf (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307268233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268235

Knopf won this book in a fairly large auction last year. New York doesn’t make it clear why they recommend this first novel (“Mona Manoliu flees Eastern Bloc Romania and her shady love interest for Chicago, only to return decades later, in this geopolitical romance.”) and the prepub reviews were more respectful than enthusiastic.


The Summer of Naked Swim Parties
Jessica Anya Blau

  • Paperback: $13.95
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061452025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061452024

This sounds more like poolside fare; “a witty account of the agonies and ecstasies of a girl coming of age in late-seventies California.”

The Smart Stuff

The classic in this category is Death in Venice; the obvious, the already much-heralded America America by Ethan Canin (Random House, 6/24) and the forthcoming final book by Doris Lessing, Alfred and Emily (Harper, 8/05)

The less predictable selection is a collection of short stories (why do short stories seldom appear on summer reading lists? They seem perfect for heat-induced attention spans):

The People on Privilege Hill
Jane Gardam

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1933372567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372563

New York describes the stories as “Flannery O’Connor without the menace.”

Political Primers

It says something about where we are today that books on politics would be considered for the beach bag.

New York‘s classic selection is Making of the President by Theodore White.

Two of the new titles have already received attention:

  • The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America,by Thurston Clarke, (Henry Holt, 5/27)
  • Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein, (Scribner, 5/13)

The forthcoming title, on order in respectable quantities for most libraries is:

Kafka Comes to America
Steven Wax

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Other Press (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1590512952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590512951

The Seattle Times calls this “a compelling story of two men wrongly imprisoned, and a legal system that makes it no easy thing to help them.” It’s starred in PW, which says it “reads like a thriller.”

New to the Bestseller Lists

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Congrats to Judith Sutton, LJ’s cookbook columnist. She’s the co-author, with Mario Batali, of the Italian Grill, which went on the NYT Hardcover Advice bestseller list at #6.

With all the attention it’s been getting, it’s no surprise the Edgar Sawtelle went on nearly every bestseller list this week, with the exception of the WSJ and Los Angeles Times lists. Its highest position is on the Washington Post list, at #4.

As a result, the Harper imprints now have three dog books on the NYT bestseller lists. The Art of Racing in the Rain and Edgar Sawtelle (Harper Ecco) sit next to each other on the Fiction list, at #13 and #14, respectively. Marley and Me is on the Paperback Nonfiction list at #8.

The Monster of Florence, also getting a lot of review attention, went on all but the Indie list. It’s highest position is #4 on the NYT list.

Dungeons & Dragons, Fourth Edition

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The fourth edition of the popular 34-year-old fantasy roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons, came out earlier this month, with accompanying rule books from Wizards of the Coast. The Players Handbook appears at #12 on the WSJ list this week (it has been on USA Today for two weeks; now at #59, from #47) and The Core Rulebook, which contains all three of the rule books is at #13.

None of the libraries I checked have the new editions on their catalogs, although many have earlier editions.

Dungeons and Dragons Core Rule Book

4th Edition

Boxed Set

Wizards RPG Team

Amazon indicates this is out of stock until July 27

  • Hardcover: $104.95
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th edition (June 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0786950633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786950638


Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook

4th Edition

Wizards RPG Team

  • Hardcover: $34.95
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th edition (June 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0786948671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948673


Dungeons & Dragons Monster’s Guide

4th Edition

Wizards RPG Team

  • Hardcover: $34.95
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th edition (June 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0786948523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948529


Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide

4th Edition

Wizards RPG Team

  • Hardcover: $34.95
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th edition (June 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0786948809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948802

Persian Humor

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Iranian-American humorist Firoozeh Dumas appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Saturday to discuss her new book, Laughing Without an Accent. As a result, it rose to #117 on the Amazon rankings, and her first book, Funny in Farsi rose to #208.

Funny in Farsi appeared on the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Indie bestseller lists when it was published in paperback.

Reserves are building in several libraries.

Laughing Without an Accent

Firoozeh Dumas

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0345499565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345499561

Funny in Farsi

Firoozeh Dumas

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0345499565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345499561

Slavery by Another Name

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

As a result of an appearance on Bill Moyers Journal on Friday, Douglas Blackmon’s Slavery by Anther Name rose to #14 on the Amazon list. It’s currently at #17 on the general list and at at #5 on the nonfiction list.

The book, reviewed in April in the New York Times, was also reviewed yesterday in the Boston Globe.

Libraries own it in small quantities, with reserves building.

Slavery by Anther Name

Douglas A. Blackmon

  • Hardcover: $29.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385506252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385506250

Iowa Libraries, Pets

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Whenever disasters strike, I immediately wonder what’s happening to the libraries and pets in the area.

On Friday, Library Journal posted an interview with Marie DeVries of Cedar Rapids Public Library. Astoundingly, despite heavy damage to the library’s main branch, the staff has managed to continue their summer reading program in temporary quarters (a shoe store!). Other staff members are working at a 24 hour crisis hotline.

In Des Moines, the central library has become the city’s emergency management center. Even the city’s tv station has been broadcasting from inside the library.

As for the pets, the National Geographic reports that 875 have been rescued and are being cared for by volunteers. (Photo from “Franny’s Cats Blog” on

Leaving Out the Good Parts

Friday, June 20th, 2008

It seems the abridged audio of Barbara Walters’s bestselling Audition is missing some important information — like her various love affairs, outlined in the chapters “Fun and Games in Washington: and “Special Men in My Life.”

Time magazine uncovered the omission (you gotta wonder; what made someone at Time sit down and compare the two versions?). Walters was the reader for the abridgment and approved the final version, so she’s not worried about what was left out.

This is not an issue for libraries, however. Most libraries own the unabridged, Books on Tape version read by Bernadette Dunne.

Maybe this is an opportunity for a new slogan? “Libraries: We Don’t Leave Out the Good Parts.”


Barbara Walters

  • Unabridged Audio: $129.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape (August 5, 2008)
  • Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
  • CD: 9781415943663
  • Tape: 9781415955000

The Gargoyle’s Spell

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Today’s Wall Street Journal examines the risky business of publishing expensive first novels, in this case, The Gargoyle, which sold for $1.25 million last year. The book pubs on August 5th.

The plot is fantastical and it’s fun to watch reviewers and journalists try to describe it. Let’s just go with Doubleday’s synopsis:

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide—for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life—and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne’s care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete—and her time on earth will be finished.

As the Kirkus review puts it, “this spellbinding narrative seems considerably less ludicrous when reading it than when summarizing it.” One hopes.

Other prepub reviews agree:

Library Journal 6/1/08 — “An essential summer book; highly recommended for all libraries”

PW, 6/16 — starred review — “Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down”

The Journal notes that the first 75 pages include explicit descriptions of sex and painful injuries. One bookseller, from the midwest, feels this will turn off potential buyers.

Most libraries have it on order, in large quantities for a first novel, with no reserves so far. It’s also available in audio from Books on Tape, but the audio versions are not yet listed in the library catalogs I checked.

The Gargoyle

Andrew Davidson

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385524943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385524940
  • Unabridged Audio: $120.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape (August 5, 2008)
  • Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe
  • CD: 9781415956885
  • Tape: 9781415959299

More Summer Book Picks

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

And, More Mashup Madness. People picked their favorite “Sizzling Summer Reads” this week (6/30 issue; unfortunately the list is not posted, but, happily, they did post the list of “The Single and Sexy Men of 2008“) and O the Oprah Magazine features “The Books of Summer” in the July issue.

So, I’ve updated the Summer Reads Mashup with titles from the above lists as well as from the following:

Miami Herald ‘Summer Reading: Jump in…the fiction’s great”

NPRCritics’ Lists: Summer 2008

Washington Post, “Spring Books Preview”

The Mashup began with the titles from:

USA Today, “2008 Summer Books”

Wall Street Journal, “Summer Reading”

L.A. Times, “2008 Summer Reading List”

Some of these sources included older titles. For consistency, I’ve only included titles to be released from June onward. The list is in Excel format, so you can sort it in any way that you need.

We end up with a total of 139 titles. Only 33 appear on two or more lists. No title appears on all of them; America America comes the closest, appearing on six of the lists.

People’s list is dominated by what is traditionally considered “beach reads” — light, frothy and not too taxing in the summer sun. But it also contains two literary darlings (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and America America) as well as a serious memoir (Counselor, Ted Sorensen, which they say will make you “feel smart.. by Election Day.”)

The top pick (am I right to assume it’s the top pick? They’ve superimposed a gold medal on the book’s cover) doesn’t appear on the other lists:

A Summer Affair

Elin Hilderbrand

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316018600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316018609
  • Audio CD: ; Unabridged, $39.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1600242324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600242328

People calls it “voyeuristic fun.” Hilderbrand writes grownup chick lit with serious themes. Her Nantucket-based books build in sales with each outing. It’s included in LJ’s “Summer Getaways for Chicks” in the 6/15 issue.

Artie Lange is “Too Fat to Fish”

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Talk about a long-lead bestseller. Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish hit the Amazon list at #27 this morning even though it won’t be out for five months (Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn still holds the record. It went on at #10, six months before its Aug. 2 pub date).

Lange is a regular on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite radio. According to the publisher, Stern wants to show his clout by making the book a bestseller and has already begun plugging it.

To get the flavor of the book, check out Lange’s appearance on David Letterman last week. If you don’t have time for the entire nine minutes, pick it up 8 minutes in, when Artie explains the book’s title. I laughed out loud, but then I’m married to an a guy from New Jersey who had an Italian American mother. Lange is spot on.

The book was originally planned as a Spring ’09 release, but was recently moved up to November. No cover available yet.

Too Fat to Fish

Artie Lange

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526562
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $29.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739381962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739381960