Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"I feel like it could definitely be a movie . . ."
--Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, author of  A Shore Thing (9781451623741) 24.00

"Trouble shouldn't be his nickname, thought Bella. It should be tattooed on his forehead."

"Gia said, 'The club will not run out of tequila before I get my hair right. So shut the f**k up!'"

"'But we're hot girls,' Gia pointed out. 'We don't need to pay for anything.'"

If that doesn't satiate your need for all things 'Snooki', you can read more here: Oh, and thanks again, Pocket Books.

Also, on our failure blotter today, we are featuring RNC head honcho Michael Steele. As you well know, Michael Steele is a veritable verbal gaffe machine. The only other politican I can think of who produces more gaffes per day (GPD) would be our own Vice-President Joe Biden. However there aren't many that are book related and this one's a 'classic.' Mr. Steele was asked what his favourite book was and he replied that it was Tolstoy's War and Peace (9780451530547) 9.95 . . . waaait for it . . . waaait for it . . . and then he quoted, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."


I am a huge Charles Dickens fan, so I thought I might take the liberty of signing him up for Oprah Book Club #65 (9780142196588) 20.00, which features the book, A Tale of Two Cities from whence the quote actually came, but let's face it, I'm sure Mr. Steele has never read War and Peace either. You can read the full article at

Odds & Sods

January means it's diet book time. And like cream, there are already a few titles rising to the top. Timothy Ferriss' 4 Hour Body (9780307463630) 27.00 has been selling like crazy. Also, Liz Vaccariello, who wrote The Flat Belly Diet (9781605295626) 15.99, has a new one, 400 Calorie Fix: The Easy New Rule for Permanent Weight Loss (9781605294940) 25.99, which has been flying out of here . . .

Laura Hillenbrand's movie rights for Unbroken (9781400064168) 27.00 have been acquired by Universal. They are expected to hire the director of Water for Elephants (9781565125605) 14.95. Let us pray that Robert Pattinson is not cast as the lead in this one . . .
1) WELCOME TO FAIL . . . Thank you, Pocket Books. It was bad enough that I had to deal with this little orange troll, er, Snooki in brief snippets on The Soup. Now, not only do I have to see half of her head on the book cover of A Shore Thing on a daily basis, but, and this is a big but, she could quite possibly have a movie deal. And before you poo-poo that likelihood, after the success of Little Fockers by the American movie-going public, this is not out of the realm of possibilities. I can hear it now, "Oooo, Mick, you're just being a book snob. It can't really be that bad." Okay, if that's the way you're going to be, here are a few excerpts for your edification:

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