Archive for September, 2008

Books to Movies Update

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Lots has been happening in the film world, so we’ve been busily updating the “Books to Movies” section; a release date was finally named for The Reader, the trailers for Revolutionary Road and The Curious History of Benjamin Button are now online. 

Below are all the updates, by release date. These as well as the other upcoming books to movies are listed in Upcoming Movies — with Tie-ins.

10/24 —  He’s Just Not That Into You

Starring nearly everyone (Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck), nonetheless, it’s been moved to February 6th.

No tie-in edition available yet.

11/07 — Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Based on John Boyne’s YA novel of the same title, the movie is scheduled for a limited release in the US on Nov. 7th. It opened on Sept 11th in London where it’s been controversial; attacked as a “Disneyfication of the Final Solution(The Guardian) and praised as “ unusual and brave piece of family entertainment, and one worth seeing.” (The Times of London). Despite, or more likely because of the controversy, It’s been doing well at the box office in Europe. The new trailer is posted in the “Books to Movies” section to the right.

No tie-in edition available yet.

11/7 — Killshot (Limited)  

We’ve posted the new trailer for this film, based on Elmore Leonard’s book of the same title, directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), starring Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, and Mickey Rourke (Rourke has been getting Oscar buzz for another movie, The Wrestler, which comes out in December and is not based on a book).

Tie-in Edition:

  • Mass Market Paperback: $7.99; 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061563862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061563867

12/12 — The Reader

This movie has gone through many trials. Nicole Kidman had to drop out of the lead because of her pregnancy and was replaced by Kate Winslet, setting shooting back by several months. Then the director objected to pressure to get the film through post-production in time to be an Oscar contender. Two days ago, the December 12th date was finally announced.

No tie-in edition available yet.

12/25 — Revolutionary Road

Based on Richard Yates’s novel, this stars Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio, together again after The Titanic, now as a married couple. The just-released trailer shows this movie, which is already getting Oscar buzz is quite different form the pair’s earlier outing.

No tie-in edition available yet.

12/25 — Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The NYT reports today that Paramount hopes Benjamin Button, their $150 million flick based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story will revive their flagging brand name. The film stars Brad Pitt, and is directed by David Fincher (Fight Club). See what you think; the new trailer is posted on the right.

  • Paperback: $9.95; 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 14, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1416556052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416556053

‘Whatever it Takes’ on This American Life

Monday, September 29th, 2008

If you’re feeling in need of an uplift, listen to NPR’s This American Life‘s fascinating profile of Geoffrey Canada and his plan to save Harlem’s children. Canada shows that simple steps (like getting poor parents to read to their kids) can have an amazing impact. The story is reported by Paul Tough and is based on his book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.  It rose to #45 on Amazon over the weekend.

The book also received a strong review in the LAT on Sunday and was featured in USA Today’s Education section earlier in the week. The book has also been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Library ordering is light, with one to one holds in most areas. A few libraries have not ordered it. In the case of this book, perhaps it’s worth going beyond the expressed demand.


Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

Paul Tough

  • Hardcover: $26; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; (August 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0618569898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618569892

Heavy Reserve Alert; ‘The Limits of Power’

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Amazingly, the rerun of  Andrew Bacevich’s appearance on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS (originally aired on 8/15) shot his most recent book, The Limits of Power to #2 on Amazon’s bestseller list, bypassing the Twilight series and even the new Oprah pick (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle). 

Holds are running heavy on in some libraries (as high as 9 to 1).

The Limits of PowerThe End of American Exceptionalism
Andrew Bacevich

  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0805088156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088151
Bacevich’s earlier title, The New American Militarism, also received a bump, rising to #77.

The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War 

Andrew J. Bacevich

  • Paperback: $15.95
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (September 7, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0195311981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195311983

‘Dewey’ Defeats ‘Edgar’

Monday, September 29th, 2008

As a result of yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning story on Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (CBS did not post the segment on their site, so we can’t give you a link) the book rose to #5 on Amazon’s besteller list, well ahead of Oprah pick, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which is at #10.

We have to acknowledge, however, that the regular edition of Edgar (not the Oprah-stickered edition) appears at #19. It is possible that if the sales of both editions were added up, that Edgar would be much closer to Dewey.

Dewey’s a NYT Bestseller!

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Congrats to librarian Vicki Myron. Her book Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World hit the NYT Nonfiction bestseller list in its first week on sale at #13.

In celebration, the book’s publisher, Grand Central has offered to give a limited number of hardcover copies to a EarlyWord’s librarian readers (so you don’t have to fight your customers for the library copies).

Just send an email to:, with “Dewey Giveaway” in the subject line, by 11:59 p.m Friday, Oct. 3rd (be sure to include your address so we know where to send the book!).

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Vicki Myron

  • Hardcover: $19.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446407410
  • ISBN-13: 9780446407410
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $22.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio, (September 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1600243827
  • ISBN-13: 9781600243820
  • Large Print Hardcover: $22.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, (September 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446541192
  • ISBN-13: 9780446541190

 Below are specific rules:


This contest is open only to librarians residing in the 50 United States.


Winners will be randomly selected from all entries by the staff of Early Word. Entries must be received before 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, October 3rd.

EarlyWord is not responsible for entries lost or delayed or not received for any other reason.

PRIZES: EarlyWord will notify the randomly selected winners. Each winner will receive:

A hardcover copy of: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron.

HOW TO ENTER: Send an email, with “Dewey Giveaway” in the subject line to:

Be sure to include your name and address so we can mail you the book!

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, October 3rd.

Lehane — Done with Whodunnits

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Dennis Lehane recently switched genres from mystery to historical fiction. According to an interview with the author in the new Entertainment Weekly, he’s not switching back.

It’s not April Fool’s Day and there’s no reason to think it’s a joke, but I couldn’t help but feel Lehane is pulling our leg;

I’d be writing these friggin’ whodunits and I could care less. I wanna tell everybody on page 2, he killed so-and-so, he done it! If you look at my books in that regard — and I’ll be 100 percent honest about my flaws — you can see how I was whipping out the kitchen sink just to obscure s—, like the identity of the serial killer or whatever, and that’s why the books got so labyrinthian in the last 100 pages.

Lehane says his next book will probably be a sequel to The Given Day. It may even turn into a trilogy.

Entertainment Weekly‘s not giving him much encouragement on that front; in the same issue, a review of The Given Day, calls it “regrettably overstuffed.” They end with this blow; “Lehane has tried to write a gripping novel and honorably fallen short.”

Lehane shouldn’t be too upset; he has elsewhere to turn for comfort:

USA Today; Dennis Lehane in top form on ‘The Given Day’

Janet Maslin, New York TimesA Vision of Old Boston in All Its Angry Power

The Given Day

Dennis Lehane

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 720 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0688163181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163181
  • Audio CD: Unabridged $75
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061661511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061661518
  • Paperback: $27.95; 1088 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (September 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061668214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061668210

Amanda Foreman on ‘The Duchess’

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

You’ve probably seen at least one of the lush ads for The Duchess, starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes. The movie, currently showing in just a few cities, will hit more screens beginning October 3rd.

The Wall Street Journal‘s recently redesigned book site features an interview with Amanda Foreman, who wrote the book the movie is based upon (originally titled Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, but retitled The Duchess for the tie-in edition). Foreman also served as an advisor on the film, answering the cast’s questions on how their characters could have behaved. 

The book has been on the USA Today bestseller list for four weeks and on the NYT Trade Paperback list for  3 weeks.

Tie-in edition:

The Duchess

Amanda Foreman

  • Paperback: $15.95; 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 19, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0812979699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812979695


Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Amanda Foreman

  • Paperback: $15.95
  • Publisher: Modern Library (January 16, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0375753834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375753831

Trade Pbks on the Rise

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Some titles really hit their stride when they are released in trade paperback; often because that’s the preferred format for book clubs. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a good example. In hardcover, it was on the USA Today bestseller list for just 4 weeks, but in trade paper, it has been on for 21 weeks. Libraries are continuing to show reserves on the hardcover, with long lists in some areas.

Keeping an eye on new trade paperback bestsellers is a good way to identify titles that are headed for a long life as well as books that are working for clubs.

Two titles new to this week’s USA Today list may fit both categories:

#132 The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War StoryDiane Ackerman, W.W. Norton 

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story  

Diane Ackerman

  • Paperback: $14.96; 368 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton; (September 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 039333306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393333060

Ackerman’s true story of a couple who were unable to save the animals in the Warsaw zoo from the Nazi’s, but managed to rescue over 200 Jews is still on reserve in most libraries. Ackerman is doing an author tour in October and November (L.A. Public Library is one of the stops. In April, she appears at the Cleveland Public Library). A reading group guide is included in the trade paperback edition (also available at Norton’s Web site).

#146 Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s,  John Elder Robison, Three Rivers Press

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s 

John Elder Robison

The book was on the USA Today list in hardcover for 5 weeks. Robison has an active speaking schedule. A Teacher’s Guide to the book is available. 

  • Paperback: $14.96; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (September 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307396185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396181

USA Today Bestsellers, 9/25

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Bookstores must be setting up their Halloween book displays; Five Little Pumpkins is back on the USA Today bestseller list (#137).

Of course, the BIG new title of the week is Christopher Paolini’s Brsingr, which hits the list at #1, after only a single day on sale (USA Today‘s list reflects sales through the previous Sunday. The book was released on Saturday).

Unsurprisingly, libraries are showing heavy reserves, but they have also ordered in quantity. Congrats Hennepin, you seem to have the most reserves, with 971 on 98 copies.

A few new titles to the list show modest ordering with heavy reserves:


#34 The Girl with the Dragon TattooStieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland, Knopf

Ordering in most libraries was modest with holds building.

#47 The Limits Of PowerAndrew Bacevich, Metropolitan Books

Showing heavy holds in most areas, this book began to take off after Bacevich’s appearanceo on Bill Moyers’s show in mid-Aug. and gained further momentum from the author’s Sept. 11 interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

#79 Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidencyBarton Gellman, The Penguin Press

Showing heavy holds in some areas.

#106 Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty,  Jeff Pearlman, HarperCollins

Showing heavy holds in a few areas.

#130 The Forever WarDexter Filkins, Knopf

This was featured as the cover review for the NYT BR 9/14. Ordering in libraries is light, with reserves building.


Below is the full list of new-to-the-list hardcover and paperback originals:

#1 BrisingrChristopher Paolini, Knopf Books for Young Readers

#12 The Other QueenPhilippa Gregory, Touchstone

#17 FaefeverKaren Marie Moning, Delacorte Press

#30 Real LifePhil McGraw, Free Press

#34 The Girl with the Dragon TattooStieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland, Knopf

#35 Guinness: World Records 2009

#46 Through the StormLynne Spears, Lorilee Craker, Thomas Nelson

#47 The Limits Of PowerAndrew Bacevich, Metropolitan Books

#58 Paul Of DuneBrian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson,  Tor Books

#65 A Giant Problem: Beyond the Spiderwick ChroniclesHolly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi,  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

#69 When The Soul Mends: A NovelCindy Woodsmall, WaterBrook Press (original trade paper)

#79 Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidencyBarton Gellman, The Penguin Press

#80 RevelationKate Brian, Simon Pulse YA original paperback

#84 We The People: The Story of Our ConstitutionLynne Cheney, Greg Harlin,  Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

#97 Indignation, Philip Roth, Houghton Mifflin

#106 Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty,  Jeff Pearlman, HarperCollins

#109 Adventurer’s VaultWizards RPG Team, Wizards of the Coast

#126 Before You DoT.D. Jakes,  Atria

#127 Forgotten Realms Player’s GuideWizards RPG Team,  Wizards of the Coast

#130 The Forever WarDexter Filkins, Knopf

#136 ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary MedicineJohn La Puma, Rebecca Powell Marx, Crown

‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Bestseller in the US

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

We’ve been wondering how The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a bestseller in Europe, would play in the US. Reviews have been sharply divided, but the USA Today bestseller list is clear; it hit the list at #34 this week, reflecting its first six days on sale.

Yesterday, Maureen Corrigan declared it one of the “Books We Like” on NPR’s web site; “I’m betting that this offbeat bad girl will win a lot of readers’ affections.” Looks like she has.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 480 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (September 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307269752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269751
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition, 13 CD’s; $129
  • Publisher: Books On Tape; (September 16, 2008)
  • Reader: Simon Vance
  • ISBN-10: 1-4159-5778-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5778-3

EarlyWord iz Shocked!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I’m sorry; we are shocked, SHOCKED. Only ONE of the libraries we checked has ordered I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun!

If you’re not wasting at least part of your day on LOL Cats, then you must surrender your MLS immediately.

Maybe you missed the fact that the site is doing what all good Internets do eventually. Unable to resist the stature, the glamour, not to mention the money that only “old media” can confer, they deign to press themselves into the pages of a  book (EarlyWord reported that LOL Cats was going that route MONTHS ago, but, unfortunately, before there was an ISBN. We know, we know, a book is just not real until there’s an ISBN. We givez U a brek).

Consider yourself warned; the book comes out week after next and is already at #21 on Amazon’s list.

No audio or large type edition has yet been announced (where are you, Recorded Books?):

I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun 

Professor Happycat

  • Paperback: $10; 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (October 7, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 159240409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592404094

Books Explain the Financial Crisis

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Bill Moyers told his audience on his show this week, “if you read only one book on the roots of this finanacial meltdown, I recommend this one, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips.”

People listened. the book went to #9 on Amazon’s bestseller list (it’s now at #13). Reserves are heavy in some areas.

Watching the show, you can see why Moyers recommends the book. Phillips is a remarkably colorful speaker for an economist. Saying that the roots of the problem are bi-partisan, he tells Moyers, “if [Clinton Treasury Secretary Bob] Rubin…was reincarnated, he would come back as a pail, because this guy bailed out everything you can imagine.”

Bad Money was on the NYT Bestseller list for most of May.

Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism
Kevin Phillips

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (April 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0670019070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670019076
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $29.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; (April 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 014314328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143143284
Also getting a sales bump is another book that predicted the current crisis:
The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
Charles R. Morris
  • Hardcover: $22.95; 224 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (March 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1586485636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586485634
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $27.95
  • Publisher: Phoenix Audio; (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1597772143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597772143
The NYT said that in this “brief but brilliant book, Morris describes how we got into the mess we are in…. Few writers are as good as Morris at making financial arcana understandable and even fascinating.”

The Trillion Dollar Meltdown was on the NYT nonfiction bestseller list for two weeks in April and May.

More books will be coming. The New York Observer outlines the various projects that are in the works. As Simon and Schuster’s David Rosenthal aptly tells the Observer, “There’s a lot to be said for a timely book, but we don’t know what the book is yet.”

Site Changes

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

We’ve added a couple of new link categories on the right. Here’s what they are and why we’ve added them:

Books Coming Next Month — When you’re ordering far in advance, it’s hard to remember what’s coming out next month. These lists help you stay on top of the big releases for the month. They are also useful for deciding which titles need to get rush processing.

Books in the Consumer Media — You need to know what reviews are influencing your customers. This is a convenient roundup of what is being reviewed in the major consumer media.

While we’re at it, let’s explain the rest of the links:

Books of Fall ’08 — Previews — These magazine and newspaper previews are a good way to look ahead to the season. Since they are compiled by the editors of major books sections, these are the titles likely to be getting review coverage. We’ve also compiled all the titles into “Mashups,” with ISBN’s for the books’ various formats.

Books of Spring ’09 Preview — The Association of American Publishers is currently running a series of Webcasts of editors previewing books coming January through April. The link is to an Excel file with ordering information for all the titles.

Books to Movies — Obviously, movies bring readers to books and you HAVE to know what’s in theaters now as well as what’s coming down the road. And, obviously, you need to get a flavor of the movies. What better way than watching the trailers? Movies are arranged by release date, with links to the trailer (“Boss, it’s research, REALLY”). At the end of the list, are links to our lists of tie-in titles. Some libraries have used this list to create “Read the Book Before You See the Movie” lists. 

Download Publishers Catalogs — Publisher catalogs are invaluable for spotting which titles will be heavily promoted and for finding titles that may not get reviews (like new editions, embargoed and special-interest titles).  Here, you can download the current catalogs directly. For previous seasons, go the the “Publishers Catalogs” listings on the left, under “Pages.”

We Want ‘Dewey’!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Sunday morning found me yelling at my TV screen, “Where’s Dewey?”

USA Today’story about Dewey:The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World said the book and author, librarian Vicki Myron, would be featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Unfortunately, the segment got bumped by Martha Teichner’s story on the financial crisis (where ARE their priorities?).

The segment has been rescheduled. We’ll let you know when we have more definite news on a new date.

‘Time’ on Biz Books

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Time magazine recommends the following books in this difficult time:

“Business Books: Afraid that the ax is about to fall? How to clean up your act and avoid the chop in a slumping economy.”


Bulletproof Your Job:

4 Simple Strategies To Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out on Top at Work

Stephen Viscusi 

  • Hardcover: $19.95; 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Business (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061713600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061713606


A Sense of Urgency 

John P. Kotter 

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (September 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1422179710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422179710
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $24.95
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio (September 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1423369351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423369356


OverSuccess: Healing The American Obsession With Wealth, Fame, Power, and Perfection

 Jim Rubens

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 432 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1929774761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929774760