Oprah Alert!


Oprah has another obsession besides her weight — clutter.

Clutter expert Peter Walsh kicks off the next leg in his “Oprah’s Clean up Your Messy House Tour” — which may be coming to a home your neighborhood in the next few months (not Brooklyn, PLEASE) — not on Oprah’s show, but on Good Morning America, coinciding with the release of Walsh’s new book, Enough Already!


Above is a shot from the promo for the tour. We’re presuming that the Rockettes are with Walsh because they are an example of perfect order.

Walsh’s 2006 title, It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff was on the NYT Hardcover Advice bestseller list for 3 weeks. His book from last year, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? was also on that list for 3 weeks.

Libraries are showing heavy holds against light ordering of Walsh’s new book:

Enough Already!: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You
Peter Walsh
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Free Press – (2009-03-03)
ISBN / EAN: 1416560181 / 9781416560180

Last week, we wrote about Oprah’s show, What Can You Live Without?, which featured “reformed shopaholic” Mary Carlomango and her new book, Secrets of Simplicity: Learn to Live Better with Less. I commented that due to the spiral binding, it isn’t owned in libraries. Several of you wrote to point out that is WRONG and you don’t have a problem with that format, and, in fact, WorldCat shows that 26  U.S. public libraries own the book. Our post even prompted a discussion on  LIS News about spiral bindings (some would never buy that format, others see no problem and some recommend adding library binding).

We were talking in a vacuum, since none of us had the book in hand, so I went to my local B&N where I found three copies on the shelf. The spiral binding is actually what the publisher calls a “semi-concealed Wire-O binding,” which means the heavy paper cover goes over the wire binding, reinforcing it. The problem for libraries may not be the binding so much as the workbook format, with lots of checklists and fill-in sections (rough guess is that they take up about 1/3 of the book). 


Secrets of Simplicity: Learn to Live Better with Less
Mary Carlomagno

  • Spiral-bound: $19.95; 143 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Spi edition (December 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0811863948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811863940

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