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This week, Colbert features several authors who are sure to set him off.

MONDAY

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0307267148 / 9780307267146

Audio from Highbridge: ISBN: 1598879286 $ 34.95; September 10, 2009
Downloadable eBook from OverDrive

We issued a holds alert on this title a few weeks ago; holds continue to mount; as high as 148 on 11 copies.

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TUESDAY

Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor
Matthew Latimer
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Crown – (2009-09-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0307463729 / 9780307463722

Unabridged Audio from Books on Tape: 9781415966075; $100
Downloadable eBook and audio from OverDrive

Few libraries own this one (it seems there were no prepub reviews); where it is on order, hold ratios are heavy (59 on 13 copies in one large library)

It’s been receiving press attention in the last week:

Washington Post —  Ex-White House Aide Burns Bridges With Insidery New Book

… the former Pentagon and Bush White House speechwriter gives withering assessments of almost everyone he ever worked with — big names to little-known insiders. Suffice to say, he’ll probably never work in this town again.

The memoir, released Tuesday, made headlines last week when GQ ran an excerpt claiming George W. Bush casually dismissed Sarah Palin with “What is she, the governor of Guam?” — a slap that comes near the end of the 279-page book. But there’s so much more!

Wall Street Journal OpEd Page; When Speechwriters Kiss and Tell

As the senior staffer who brought Matt to the White House, let me start by adding some perspective. In a memoir that takes us from Matt’s childhood in Michigan through all the morons and phonies he worked for in Washington, only Mr. Rumsfeld gets the full gush. Left unmentioned is that Matt is on Mr. Rumsfeld’s payroll, working on the former Defense Secretary’s memoirs. Not that Mr. Rumsfeld need fear. If this book is any guide, an employer will read how stupid Matt really thought he was only after he’s no longer being paid.

NPR interview; Matt Latimer, Struck ‘Speech-Less’ By The D.C. Noise

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WEDNESDAY

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Richard Dawkins
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Free Press – (2009-09-22)
ISBN / EAN: 1416594787 / 9781416594789

Holds are building on the book about the evidence for evolution.

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