"This is probably the first time in history that a bunch of old white men want to take credit for someone (Osama bin Laden) that a black man killed . . . "1) DEAD ON TIME . . . This past Sunday I was ecstatic to learn that Navy Seals had slipped into Pakistan and slain terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or even Teabagger, for a moment, I felt as Americans that we could all agree that his death has made the world a much, much safer place. Of course there are the naysayers. Islamic scholars are whining about his burial at sea. Well, there are three thousand Americans who had no choice as to how they were buried on 9/11, so deal with it. Naysay all you want. I, for one, am glad that Mr. Bin Laden is in his own personal Hell and will burn there for eternity. I am also proud to be an American. And that's all I have to say about that. Speaking of heroes, coincidentally a new book Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper (9780312699451) 26.99 by Howard Wasdin was to be released in three weeks. St. Martins has decided to put it on-sale for next Tuesday, and I think I can safely say this will be a best seller as soon as it arrives. God bless the Navy Seals and our troops overseas . . .
2) GOOD COMPANY . . . Steve Hamilton was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He's one of our own and his books have been especially popular in the northern part of our state. He is also the author of The Lock Artist (9780312696955) 14.99, which was recently announced as the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Steve stopped in here on his hardcover tour for The Lock Artist, and he was kind and gracious man who obviously appreciates his readers. Congrats, Steve, and try to show him a little support if you can . . .
3) GOOD OLD FASHIONED LOVER BOY . . . Remember Rob Lowe. No? You know, he was the actor with the first celebrity sex videotape. No? Okay, he played the bad guy in Wayne's World? No? Aha, he also played the role of Sam Seaborn on The West Wing. There we go. Well, Mr. Lowe was on The Oprah Winfrey Show last week to promote his new title Stories I Only Tell My Friends (9780805093292) 26.00. Surprisingly, it hit Barnes & Noble's bestseller list this week, which means it should hit all the rest of them next week. Order accordingly . . .
4) DRAGON ATTACK . . . I'm just starting to collect pop-up books, and my pick of the week is Dragons & Monsters (9780763631734) 29.99, the latest in Reinhart and Sabuda's Encyclopedia Mythologica series. It might be a good one to feature with your George R.R. Martin displays for the HBO mini-series The Game of Thrones (9780553386790) 17.00 . . .
Odds & Sods
As if unleashing Robert Pattison on an unsupecting American public wasn't bad enough, now we have a movie version of Stephenie Meyer's The Host (9780316068055) 16.99 to contend with in the near future. The screenplay is by Andrew Niccol, who wrote Gattaca, so I'll admit there is some hope . . .
Katie Couric will be on The Tonight Show tomorrow to promote The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives (9780812992779) 26.00. Katie's sales have been strong, and with Graduation Day coming up, I believe that it's only going to do better in the upcoming weeks . . .