Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” Sells More Than 300,000 Copies In First Week

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir What Happened racked up huge first week sales according to publisher Simon & Schuster selling over 300,000 copies.

Hardcover sales of the book topped 168,000 – the biggest nonfiction release in five years.

Additionally, What Happened set a company record for digital audio sales in a single week, and sales of e-book editions was the highest for nonfiction in six years.

These numbers beat her 2014 book, Hard Choices, by 100,000 copies.

But her all-time opening was for 2003’s Living History, which offered Clinton’s first expansive comments on the affair of her husband, President Bill Clinton, with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Released in the days of Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, Clinton sold over 600,000 copies of the highly anticipated memoir in its first week.

Clinton’s detractors have suggested that perhaps it’s time that Clinton stand down and be quiet. But I’d suggest these sales – and her 65.8 million people who voted for her – indicate that people are still very interested in what Hillary has to say.

New Book: Matt Baume “Defining Marriage”

Matt Baume, who for years kept LGBTs and their allies up to date on the state of marriage equality with his weekly Marriage News Watch videos, shares the good news that he has published an e-book titled Defining Marriage.

From the description on Amazon:

Defining Marriage traces the decades-long evolution of marriage through the personal stories of those who lived through it. Writer Matt Baume provides an intimate glimpse into the private lives of those who dreamed of marriage in the 1970s, the survivors of the 1980s, the audacious pioneers of the 1990s, the tireless soldiers of the 2000s, and the champions who won marriage today.

Along the way, he explores the individual stories of the people who participated in this revolution, examines what marriage has become, and shows with vivid, compelling personal narratives how the act of defining marriage forever changed the lives and loves of the people who fought to define the institution. As the journey to equality unfolds over the years, Baume finds himself unexpectedly evaluating his own self-contradictory life as a marriage activist with no plans to marry his longtime partner.

From decades past to this moment in history, from halls of power to private bedrooms, from the political to the personal, Defining Marriage is the story of how people from all walks of life fought to change marriage — and how fighting for marriage, in turn, changed them.

You can download the book right now from Amazon, and Baume is making the tome free for this first week of availability.

Click here for more info at Amazon.

No NY Times Bestseller List For Ted Cruz Due To “Strategic Bulk Purchases”

Ted Cruz’s new book will not be appearing on the New York Times’ Bestseller List, even though he outsold all but two of the other books sold this past week.

A Times spokesman said: “In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”

Apparently, political peeps like to buy copies of their own book to give away to supporters to spread their message. However, in the past that has also helped get their books to the top of the list.

The policy at the Times currently is to not count these bulk purchases as the powers that be want the list to more closely reflect the sales to individuals and not “strategic bulk purchases.”

I’m sure the conservative Right folks will be hating on the NY Times, but as the pundits point out in the clip below, several right-wing characters like Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer have had #1 rankings on the NY Times list.

Book: Teresa Hardister “Sole Establishment”

The new book from one of my favorite authors, Teresa Hardister – Sole Establishment.

Like a new millennium country Thornton Wilder, Teresa writes from the heart about her life and love of simple country life, and the lessons she learned there.

The title is a “triple entendre” in that the book talks on the life stories that helped her become the unique one of a kind person she is (“sole establishment”), how life taught her lessons that fed her soul (“soul” establishment) and one other use of the word “sole” from an early childhood lesson.

Available on Amazon now.

New book: Joe Manganiello – “Evolution”


If I looked like that I’d write a book, too.

Joe Manganiello’s new book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted will hit shelves December 3.

From the book description:

Joe Manganiello, named one of Men’s Health 100 Fittest Men
of All Time and regularly featured in internationally bestselling
fitness and bodybuilding media, is an acclaimed television and film
actor who gained worldwide recognition for his amazing physique honed
for his role on HBO’s True Blood.

He used techniques created by
celebrity trainer Ron Mathews that were then further developed for his
other wide-ranging roles.

He has appeared in the films Magic Mike, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and the Spider-Man trilogy, as well as the forthcoming Sabotage alongside his childhood idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ricky Martin pens children’s book to inspire self-confidence – “Santiago the Dreamer”

Ricky Martin has written a children’s book with a message to inspire young people to discover and hold on to their passions through self-confidence – Santiago the Dreamer.

Via press release:

When you reach for the moon…sometimes you land among the stars.

Santiago’s biggest dream is to perform on stage. But when he doesn’t get the lead role in the school play, he can’t help but doubt himself. Encouraged by his father’s inspiring words, Santiago rebuilds his confidence and finds that with passion and dedication, you can achieve amazing things beyond your wildest imagination.

From international superstar Ricky Martin, comes a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his son’s boundless potential.

The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.