"There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be President . . ."C-SPAN PRESENTS: THE 6 O'CLOCK BOOK NEWS
S.J.: Hi, I'm Sedimentary Jones with today's book news. Amazon.com announced this morning that they have sold a larger unknown quantity of their e-reader, The Kindle, this year than the unknown quantity of Kindles that they had sold last year. Their CEO Jeff Bezos said that Amazon.com hopes to sell a larger unknown quantity of Kindles in the upcoming year. Here's my co-anchor Jon Metamorphic with his segment on Contrast and Burn . . .
J.M.: Thanks, Sandy. Today we have a tale of two titles. Pauline Maier, author of Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution (9780684868547) 30.00 is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American History at MIT, was a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics, and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. On the other hand, we have Broke (9781439187197) 29.99 by Fox News host and high school graduate Glenn Beck, who gives us his interpetation of the U.S. Constitution. Which one will sell better? Call us at 1-800-123-4567 to vote for Ms. Maier's title or 1-800-123-4568 for Mr. Beck.
S.J.: Thanks, Jon. As I'm sure you're all aware, the memoir Decision Points (9780307590619) 35.00 by former President George W. Bush will be released on November 9. What you may not know is that 'The Decider' will kick off his book tour on the Oprah Winfrey Show on the same day. Is this a sign of the Apocalypse? I'm not sure, but I can guarantee you that I will be attending church on the prior Sunday. On a related note, Jonathan 'Franzen Comes Alive' Franzen, author of Freedom (9780312600846) 28.00 was seen Monday at the executive mansion. President Obama made news earlier this year when he received an ARC of Freedom at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore. Mr. Franzen was quoted as saying that the visit was 'delightful.' Back to you Jon . . .
J.M.: Speaking of 'Franzen Comes Alive', Keith Richards is still alive. The Rolling Stones guitarist who had ingested his share of drugs, and your share, and my share, has released a new memoir that features rare photographs from his history-making band. The book is entitled Life (9780316034388) 29.99. In an interview last week on CBS This Morning, he was asked, "Did you have a problem with drugs?" Mr. Richards answered, "No, but the police sure did." (Both news anchors guffaw.) His book is now available at all fine bookstores. So that's all for this week. Have a good night with good news . . .
Odds & Sods
"When the moon is in the Seventh House, And Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then books will guide the planets, And November 2 releases will steer the stars . . ."
by Amy Sedaris
by Dennis Lehane
Towers of Midnight
by Robert Jordan
by Simon Winchester
Edge: A Novel
by Jeffery Deaver