Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pre-Selling Sarah

Only a day after HarperCollins announced the pending release of Sarah Palin's memoir Going Rogue (I'm not kidding; that's the real title), the book jumped to #1 on and #2 at, behind The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

What this says about the reading tastes of the American book-buying public, I'm not quite sure. (Do they admire her? Is it morbid fascination? Are they collecting material for their next Saturday Night Live skit? Looking for ammunition to trash her on their blog?)

I wish they'd call me. I could recommend some really good reads.


Mark Elrod said...

There's (good) speculation that this is being driven by bulk sales.

Pols do that all the time for each other.

I'm planing on hiring a ghostreader to check it out for me.

Stephanie said...

You could always substitute a different book jacket and read it yourself. I did that once during the year that I was taking PhD classes & still teaching at HU. One professor assigned a book titled Another Bull$%@# Night in Suck City. I had to use every available moment to read, but I just couldn't see myself carrying that one around campus.

Jonathan G. Reinhardt said...

And what book jacket did you use as camouflage?

Stephanie said...

I wish I could truthfully answer something witty, like Augustine's City of God, but I don't even remember now.

Jonathan G. Reinhardt said...

I bet it was "Against the Grain" by David B. Burks, ed. -- that book they give every Harding teacher upon hiring and that nobody ever reads. It has a nice book jacket. I've tried selling mine on Amazon, and strangely nobody has taken me up on the offer.