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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s new book – “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” is available as of today.

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Charlotte Roche’s (in)decent proposal

German-based British author Charlotte Roche has offered to have sex with Germany’s president Christian Wulff if he votes against plans to prolong the life of the German nuclear power stations. I believe more authors should do this sort of thing and there is probably a good number of writers willing to sleep with Barack Obama.

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No Place for a Woman: Female Fiction

Why, when there are countless talented, prolific, shining examples of female authors writing in any genre imaginable, are the publishing and book industries still in many ways such a boy’s club?

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Our Island Story: David Cameron’s childhood fav

David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, has revealed that his favourite childhood book was Our Island Story by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall. It’s a history book, first written in 1905, that details British life from the Romans to Queen Victoria’s death. Nick Clegg lets himself down by saying his favourite was The Gruffalo, reports the Daily Telegraph.

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Glenn Beck on Stuart Chase

For a second, I thought Glenn Beck was going on about Stuart Little yesterday but I don’t think America’s leading right-wing broadcaster does classic children’s books. Stuart Chase is the latest economist to be examined (negatively) by Beck, who will not become a Fabian Socialist anytime soon. Chase (1888-1985) was an American economist and engineer, […]

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Prices soar for signed copies of Tony Blair book

AbeBooks is seeing strong demand for signed copies of Tony Blair’s autobiography, A Journey. At the end of last week and over the weekend, signed copies were selling shortly after being listed on the site. The most expensive sale so far is $1,283 (that’s £830) for one of the signed numbered limited edition copies that […]

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Barack Obama to read Franzen’s Freedom

President Barack Obama is going to be reading Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom. Of course, he didn’t have to pay for it. The folks at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard gave him an ARC (advance reader copy) that they had knocking around in the back.

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Blacklisted by History: Glenn Beck’s latest book club pick

Glenn Beck is a bookselling machine. Whatever happened to Oprah? It’s Beck who moves copies these days. Today’s hot Beck book is Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies by M. Stanton Evans. Yesterday, Beck told his army of followers that Senator Joseph McCarthy wasn’t such […]

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Glenn Beck sends Road to Serfdom onto bestseller lists

Glenn Beck, the right-wing commentator, doesn’t usually influence book sales at AbeBooks. We don’t really share the same audience but yesterday was a huge exception. Beck’s extensive discussion of The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Heyek meant AbeBooks enjoyed a huge scramble for copies yesterday. This influential economics book, published in 1944, argues against centrally-planned […]

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First printing of Theodore Roosevelt’s first address to Congress sells for $25,000

A signed first printing of Theodore Roosevelt’s first address to Congress has been sold on AbeBooks for $25,000. The speech occurred on December 3, 1901. The document was signed “Theodore Roosevelt.” Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the 26th president of the United States, and his enduring legacy as a politician and an outdoorsman ensures a strong following […]

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