Tag Archives: Books

Enumerati

Obama Books to Fetch at Least $60 Million

$60 million

“A blockbuster auction for the global rights to two books by Barack and Michelle Obama has reached more than $60m, according to people with knowledge of the sales process, a record sum for US presidential memoirs,” the Financial Times reports.“The Obamas are writing separate books but selling the rights jointly.”

Enumerati

It Takes a Whole Book to Explain Why Lindsey Graham Is Single

126

Number of pages in “My Story: Lindsey Graham,” an e-book published on the presidential candidate’s website this week, wherein “Graham — best known as a flame-thrower on immigration reform and an outspoken critic of President Obama’s foreign policy — has opened up about his lost loves and a near proposal to a Lufthansa flight attendant,” CNN reports.

Verbatim

Barack Obama’s Literary Criticism

He’s just sad.

— President Obama, quoted by the New York Post, picking up a copy of Chuck Todd’s new book, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” in a Washington, D.C., bookstore.

News & Comment

It’s Amazon’s World and We Just Live in It

I wanted to buy a book a few months ago for a relative who was hospitalized in a city about 40 miles north and who wasn’t a TV watcher. I figured I’d stop off at the mall or a shopping center as I drove up and pick up some books and magazines.

Except there were no bookstores. While I had been floating along, ordering books from Amazon because they were cheap or putting them on my Amazon wish list and waiting for the prices to come down, book shops all around me were going out of business. Instead of finding some cool books and artsy, interesting magazines, I had to stop at a grocery store to buy a lame edition of O Magazine by Oprah. I believe it went unread.

Your reading choices will someday be either 50 Shades of Gray or The Hunger Games…or a copy of O Magazine

If you watch the Colbert Report, you know that the responsible thing to do right now is to boycott Amazon. The massive “Don’t Be Evil” online seller is engaged in a very evil battle with traditional publishers to control pricing and set off a dumbing down process that will likely promote self-publishing as an Amazon work-around.

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Tailgunner Ted Cruz to Get Record Book Advance

$1.5 million

Amount Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will be paid to write “a personal memoir about his controversial days in Washington and his vision for the future for HarperCollins,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The advance would be the biggest for a conservative politician in years, even more than the $1.25 million that former 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin received after her sensational rise in Republican politics.”

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Panetta to Pen Memoir

$3 million

Amount of deal Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has struck to write a memoir, the New York Times reports. Said Panetta: “I have seen Washington at its best and at its worst. My goal is to give readers the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn the lessons of how our democracy works, and sometimes how it fails to work.”

News & Comment

How Marco Rubio Spent His Summer Vacation

RubioBus

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wasted no time hitting the road for the Senate recess that began on July 2 and ends July 6. There’s books to sell, dammit! So let’s get aboard our rock star tour bus and sell, sell, sell!

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Verbatim

Thank You, Ray Bradbury

I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.

— Ray Bradbury, author of Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and numerous short stories and other works, who died on June 6 at age 91. Bradbury also said, “Death doesn’t exist. It never did, it never will. But we’ve drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we’ve got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing.”

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Marco Rubio Says He Used to be a Mormon

Florida SenateNot since Justin Bieber’s biopic, “Never Say Never” has an autobiography been so premature. But first-term Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t letting lack of material keep him from writing a full-length, in-depth look back at his life: all 41 short years of it.

Rubio’s main accomplishment so far has been being born at the right time with genes for attractiveness steeped in his parents’ ideology as Cuban emigrant, right-wing anti-Communists.

The book, reportedly titled, “An American Son,” will acknowledge Rubio’s personal story line deficit of triumph over adversity by drawing heavily on his parents’ lives. That includes their decision to leave Cuba after the Vegas-style excesses of the Batista regime began to fade, and before Castro came to power.

Rubio spokesperson: ‘His faith journey was part of the pitch to the publishers’

It also reveals his father’s role in a plot to overthrow the Dominican Republic’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo, when the elder Rubio was 18.

But perhaps one of the most interesting tidbits to surface will be Rubio’s admission that when he was 8-years-old, his parents began practicing Mormonism.

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The White House Just Can’t Keep a Secret

If we wanted this event to be a secret, we probably wouldn’t have invited the press corps to cover it, release photos of it to Flickr or post a video from it on the White House website.

The White House, quoted by Politico, reacting to assertions made in a new book called “The Obamas.” The book claims the president and first lady threw an Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween party on the down-low, hoping to avoid Marie Antoinette comparisons during the recession.