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Fake J.D. Salinger Oral History Coming in August

Late Show with David Letterman writer and George W. Bush: An Unauthorized Oral History author Tom Ruprecht will publish This Would Drive Him Crazy: A Phony Oral History of J.D. Salinger as a humorous Kindle Single in August.

The parody book will explore imaginary excerpts from the author’s unpublished work, taking a decidedly silly look at Salinger’s life. Here’s more from the release:

This Would Drive Him Crazy reveals shocking secrets about the notoriously reclusive Salinger, from his painful breakup with Taylor Swift to his failed attempt at turning Franny and Zooey into a “Laverne & Shirley”-type sitcom. Ruprecht pulled off a daring Oceans 11-style heist to bust open the safe in Salinger’s house and as a result you’ll be treated to excerpts from J.D.’s diaries, letters and unpublished novels (including the 1985 sequel to The Catcher in the Rye that finds Holden working as a lobbyist for Big Oil).This Would Drive Him Crazy chronicles Salinger’s fascinating encounters with some of the most recognizable figures of our time, including The Beatles, George W. Bush, Pamela Anderson, Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson’s baboon.

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Scott Walker Lands Book Deal

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has inked a book deal with Penguin Group’s Sentinel imprint. President George W. Bush‘s former chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen will co-write.

The publisher acquired world rights to Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge and publication is tentatively scheduled for “late 2013.” Writers’ Representatives agent Glen Hartley negotiated the deal with publisher Adrian Zackheim. The book will cover Walker’s controversial battle with Wisconsin unions.

Governor Walker became the focus of a nationwide controversy in 2011 when he proposed a series of budget reforms that eliminated Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit through limiting the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs across all levels of government. Liberals all over America swiftly denounced Governor Walker, with nearly 100,000 protesters overtaking the state Capitol. Despite relentless attacks, Governor Walker stood his ground — and with the help of supporters from across Wisconsin and the country he passed his reforms, took his case to the voters of Wisconsin, and became the first governor in American history to survive a recall election — and thus be elected not once, but twice, to his first term in office.

Politicians at the Comic Book Store

For comic book publisher Bluewater Productions, it’s not superheros that bring in the big bucks, it’s politicians.

According to a piece on Politico, the publisher has sold 130,000 copies of a comic about Michelle Obama. “She competes with Justin Bieber just a little bit,” Darren Davis, the company’s president told Politico about the bestseller.

Comics about other politicians are also popular sellers. Politico has more: “More than 25,000 copies of both Clinton and Palin’s comic books were sold, and Davis and Schultz haven’t looked back since, going on to produce comic books on political figures including Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly, Caroline Kennedy, Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George W. Bush.”

Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum

Former White House press secretary Dana Perino (pictured) has been appointed editorial director of Crown Forum, the conservative books imprint at the Crown Publishing Group.

Perino served during George W. Bush‘s presidency. She also worked as communications strategist for Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, and former First Lady Laura Bush‘s book, Spoken From the Heart. She went on to become a contributor for Fox News.

Here’s more from the press release: “Ms. Perino will recommend, initiate, and submit exclusively to Crown Forum six to eight nonfiction book projects each year, to be written by conservative political or media personalities. Ms. Perino will also play an active role in devising and implementing the promotional campaigns for select Crown Forum publications. Ms. Perino will collaborate closely with Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, Crown Forum, and Sean Desmond, who has been promoted to Executive Editor, Crown Forum.”

George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

Vampire & Paranormal Trend Faded in 2010

USA Today released its “Top 100 Books for 2010″ list this week, a bestseller list composed of 77 percent fiction. Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series dominated the top three spots and George W. Bush‘s Decision Points occupied fourth place.

The newspaper also noted: “Stephenie Meyer‘s popularity began to cool off. She accounted for 4% of best sellers the list tracked, down from 11% in 2009. The vampire and paranormal craze among readers isn’t dead, but it’s fading, accounting for just 9% of best sellers, down from 17% in 2009.”

The article also noted that books with movie adaptations do particularly well. It’ll be interesting to see if adaptations (like Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help) will boost sales next year.

Most Popular George W. Bush Quotes on Kindle

bushbook.jpgAfter weeks on top of the nonfiction bestseller lists, George W. Bush‘s memoir now occupies the fifth, sixth, 14th, 16th, and 17th spots on Amazon’s “Recently Heavily Highlighted Passages” list for the Kindle. We’ve excerpted a few quotes in this post.

Here is the fifth most popular passage in Decision Points: “If you haven’t doubted, you probably haven’t thought very hard about what you believe. Ultimately, faith is a walk—a journey toward greater understanding. It is not possible to prove God’s existence, but that cannot be the standard for belief.”

And the sixth: “When you know you have unconditional love, there is no point in rebellion and no need to fear failure. I was free to follow my instincts, enjoy my life, and love my parents as much as they loved me.”

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Barack Obama Publishes Picture Book

obamakids.jpgPresident Barack Obama‘s picture book, Of Thee I Sing, arrived in bookstores and eBook format today. Random House has also released a promotional video about the book.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “Obama’s poignant words and Loren Long’s stunning images together capture the promise of childhood and the personalities and achievements of the following Americans: Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Sitting Bull, Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, Maya Lin, Jane Addams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, Cesar Chavez, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.”

President Obama’s attorney, Robert B. Barnett, handled the negotiations for the manuscript back in 2009. Knopf executive editor Michelle Frey edited the book. Children’s book artist Loren Long provided the illustrations.

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Bill Clinton Praises George W. Bush’s Memoir

bushbook.jpgGeorge W. Bush‘s Decision Points has received a positive endorsement by former president Bill Clinton.

According to the Associated Press, Clinton had this book review: “Decision Points is well-written, and interesting from start to finish. I think people of all political stripes should read it. George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Bush’s memoir generated the largest first-day sales for a nonfiction book Random House had seen in 6 years. On opening day, Bush sold an estimated 220,000 copies (counting hardcover and eBook sales). Random House published Clinton’s memoir in 2004, counting 400,000 copies sold on the first day.

Huffington Post Points to ‘Lifted Passages’ in George W. Bush’s Memoir

bushbook.jpgThe Huffington Post has published a long investigative feature by Ryan Grim, comparing similarities between George W. Bush‘s memoir and other works written about his Presidency.

We’ve included two similar passages below, showing similarities HuffPo reporters found between Bush’s memoir and Bob Woodward‘s Bush at War. Other books mentioned in the article included: Robert Draper‘s Dead Certain, Ahmed Rashid‘s The Mess in Afghanistan, and General Tommy FranksAmerican Soldier.

Read the article–what do you think? Here’s more about Woodward similarities: “The Bush White House challenged the accuracy of Bob Woodward’s account of the administration’s march toward war when he turned critical, but Bush relied heavily on those texts.”

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