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Kissinger: The Chilean thing is getting consolidated and of course the newspapers are bleeding because a pro-Communist government was overthrown.
Nixon: Isn't that something. Isn't that something.
Kissinger: I mean instead of celebrating -- in the Eisenhower period we'd be heroes.
Nixon: Well we didn't -- as you know -- our hand doesn't show on this one though.
Kissinger: We didn't do it. I mean we helped them . . .
Henry Kissinger, author of On China (9781594202711) 36.00 and President Nixon trying to convince themselves that they aren't responsible for the overthrow of the elected Chilean government in 1973.
BOOKS: A LOVE STORY
There are Stories I Only Tell My Friends (9780805093292) 26.00, and this isn't one of them. If You Ask Me (9780399157530) 25.95, I am more than willing to share the story of how I met the love of my life. Oddly, it began in the bookstore on 44 Charles Street (9780385343145) 28.00, I believe it was called The Last Stand (9780143119609) 18.00, and it was a couple of blocks over from the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (9780345505347) 15.00. Also, if I remember correctly, the store was throwing its 10th Anniversary (9780316036269) 27.99 sale.
I was in the poetry aisle, checking out the Young Romantics (9780374123758) 27.50, when I saw A Singular Woman (9781594487972) 26.95. She was in the Chelsea Handler section and she was thumbing through a copy of Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (9780446584715) 24.99. I could tell she had the kind of beauty that was surely Worth Dying For (9780440246299) 9.99.
From This Moment On (9781451620740) 26.99 I knew I had to meet her, but I'm not a Social Animal (9781400067602) 27.00 so I wasn't sure how I could break the ice. I imagined kissing her in Moonlight Cove (9780778329794) 7.99 with her soft lips pressed against mine. *Sigh* If only . . .
While I was daydreaming she walked over to me, and asked in a voice that could Sing You Home (9781439102725) 28.00, "Do you work here?"
At that moment I would have given Half the Sky (9780307387097) 15.95 to be an employee in that store. Instead, I stood transfixed in that One Magic Moment (9780515149517) 7.99 and then finally stuttered, "Nnnoo, I just have that look. Bbbut mmaybe I can help you."
"Where would Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin (9781451654400) 26.00 be?"
I think to myself, 'Heaven is for Real (9780849946158) 16.99.' I add, "I believe it would be in Politics. By the way, would you like to go out for A Drop of the Hard Stuff (9780316127332) 25.99 sometime?"
She replies, "Sure, why not? I am still looking for That Perfect Someone (9781439101087) 7.99."
I smile. I am the Lover Unleashed (9780451233165) 27.95.
Odds & Sods
I was perusing the book reviews in Publishers Weekly today and in the science fiction ghetto I saw a new book called The Dedalus Book of Flemish Fantasy (9781903517932) 15.99. I did a double take. Was this someone's idea of a joke? Could this be the perfect submission for the oddest book title, or The Diagram Prize? I read the review . . . My God -- it's full of stars!
If you're in New York this week, please stop by Booth #4175 at the BEA and say 'Hi' to Sam & Vicky for me . . .