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Big Ang said Friday that her first book will be released on Sept. 11 through Simon & Schuster. It's called "Bigger Is Better: Real Life Wisdom from the No-Drama Mama." She said it will include “all kinds of stuff.”’Nuff said.
Sales of E L James’ Fifty Shades trilogy of erotic novels have fallen for the first time in two months.Even in decline, though, the numbers are staggering:
After increasing for eight consecutive weeks, last week sales slipped by 16% to 1.21m (£5.4m), according to industry publication The Bookseller.
However the British novelist still topped bestseller lists by a huge margin, with the first book Fifty Shades of Grey shifting 534,088 copies.
Print sales of book one alone now stand at 2,833,988, putting it in 11th place in a list of the bestselling books since records began in 1998.We’ve previously written about the book here and here.
It is currently behind Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, but has now overtaken huge bestsellers such as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
While the series has obviously titillated readers, sex experts and members of the alternative sexual community say the books draw a problematic and unfounded link between sadomasochism and mental illness.Whether or not the books are sexually accurate, sales of the steamy series show no signs of slowing down.
Until Friday the network’s Web site -- also home to upbeat fare like “Marist Poll Reveals Ignorance of July 4th History” and “Top Five Myths About the Fourth of July” -- is accepting nominations at email@example.com for “history books that nobody should take seriously.”Again, you have only until this coming Monday, July 9, to submit your nominations. Get to it, already!
On July 9 the top five nominees will be posted on the site, which is hosted by George Mason University. Readers then be asked to vote for “the least credible history book in print.” The winner -- or loser? -- will be announced on July 16, along with commentary on the finalists from various academic historians, who make up the bulk of the site’s contributors.
David Walsh, the site’s editor, said that Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln” and David Barton’s “The Jefferson Lies” (which argues, among other things, that the man who first spoke of the need for a “wall of separation” between church and state was an evangelical Christian) were currently running strong. Other nominees so far include Michael Bellesiles’s “Arming America” (which was stripped of the prestigious Bancroft Prize after Mr. Bellesiles was accused of falsifying data about early American gun ownership), Gavin Menzies’s “1421: The Year China Discovered America,” and Richard Williams’s 2006 book “Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend,” along with various works from the now-discredited Dunning school, which held sway in the early 20th-century with its argument that Reconstruction failed because African-Americans were not capable of self-government.