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Monday, June 2, 2008

Mystery Book

posted by on June 2 at 15:58 PM

GalleyCat brings news that Simon and Schuster will be publishing a secret, pop-culture-themed memoir on July 15th, with a first print run of 350,000 copies. This was always one of my favorite things about working in a bookstore. Our buyers would get word that there was a very important book coming out and they’d be forced to order them without knowing what they are. The secret books would arrive in boxes promising everything but the death penalty—legal threats, heavy fines and boycotts of the store—if the books were sold before their release date.

GalleyCat suspects that this is Madonna’s ex-nanny’s book. Usually, these mystery books are disappointing—one that everybody was speculating would be a Bush administration whistle-blower a few years back turned out to be Princess Di’s butler’s memoir—but sometimes they’re exciting. I have to admit, though, that I can’t think of any other celebrity memoir that would warrant nearly a half a million copies in its first printing—Mary Kate and Ashley’s nutritionist speaks? Something about Heath Ledger?—but it’s nice to have some sense of immediacy in an industry that normally moves at a glacial pace.

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It's nonsense like that that makes me not care if everyone downloads all their books to a Kindle and publishing goes extinct.

Posted by elenchos | June 2, 2008 4:03 PM

It's Charles Mudede's tailor.

Posted by Fnarf | June 2, 2008 4:09 PM

yay madonna!

Posted by um | June 2, 2008 4:20 PM

GWB's gay lovers' collected memoirs.

Oh, come on, you know it's true.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 2, 2008 4:28 PM

It's the Party Crasher's memoir about the parties that actually sucked, but he was too polite to write the scathing reviews they deserved at the time.

seriously though, I'm hoping that its someone's secret gay lover.

Posted by Xenu, Warrior Princess | June 2, 2008 6:12 PM

fwiw, Batman opens on July 18th, so maybe a Ledger-related book is possible?

Posted by stinkbug | June 2, 2008 11:36 PM

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