A Viral Hit

USA Today reports in their “Buzz” column (third story) that a relatively simple video of Kelly Corrigan reading from her memoir The Middle Place has received over 1.8 million hits on You Tube (ahead of “Shrimp Running on a Treadmill” that upset Bill O’Reilly so much) and is causing sales to soar. In the book, Corrigan writes about her relationship with her father when they were both battling cancer.

The book was published in hardcover in January. It appeared for one week on the NYT Nonfiction bestseller list and three weeks on the extended list. The paperback was released last week and is temporarily out of stock on Amazon, where it is at #76 in sales rankings.

Many libraries are showing significant holds.

It is also available in audio, from Blackstone and downloadable from OverDrive.

The Middle Place
Kelly Corrigan

  • Paperback: $14.95; 288 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (Hyperion);  December 23, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 1401340938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340933
  • Audio Publisher: Blackstone
  • 6 tapes: $54.95; 1-433212710
  • 1 MP3CD: $29.95; 1-433212758
  • 6 CD’s: $63; 1-433212727

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