The Gray Lady Reviews FIFTY SHADES

The New York Times‘s review of the book du jour appears in the paper tomorrow, the day that Vintage releases trade paperback editions of Fifty Shades of Grey (the two other titles in the trilogy are scheduled for release on 4/17).

Unfortunately, we don’t get to hear Michiko Kakutani’s take on it. Instead, Alessandra Stanley, the newspaper’s television critic reviews it (no surprise, then, that many of the comparisons are to TV’s handling of sex). Stanley manages to come up with a new line about a book that has been talked to death; saying that it  “…is to publishing what Spanx was to the undergarment business: an antiquated product re-imagined as innovation.”

For their edition of the book, Vintage is sticking to what has now become an iconic cover:

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
E L James
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf/Vintage – (2012-04-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0345803485 / 9780345803481


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