Thursday, February 14, 2008

Book Buzz

  • I never watch The View (really, I don’t), but I caught a few minutes this week as Barbara Walters promoted the book Celebutantes. This event was significant for two reasons. First, I watched The View without scratching out my eyeballs. Second, I had just read about Celebutantes in USA Today. Two Hollywood “insiders”—Amanda Goldberg (daughter of Leonard Goldberg) and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper (daughter of Dennis Hopper)—wrote the book. I am always intrigued when fiction features actual people as characters (in this case, celebrities). I am even more intrigued when those people are still alive. I smell litigation.
  • The New York Times Sunday Book Review featured political books this week. USA Today did the same. Clearly, election fever has reached the book world. Considering the turnaround time for books, though, I am always suspect of their currency.

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