Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Buzz: Hillary Clinton Lands at No 3

by Minzesheimer)

Hillary Rodham Clinton joked at a meeting of publishers in March that Hard Choices, her 656-page memoir about being secretary of State, would be "just another light summer read."

It lands - softly, some would say – at No. 3 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. That's in contrast to her 2003 memoir, Living History, which landed at No. 1 on the list, stayed in the top 10 for six weeks, and sold about one million copies in its first month.

Clinton's publisher, Simon & Schuster, isn't releasing sales figures for Hard Choices, but it's not disputing estimates that it sold about 120,000 copies in its first week. Publisher Jonathan Karp says Clinton's memoir is headed toward being the best-selling non-fiction book of 2014.

The reviews have been generally good. Entertainment Weekly gives Hard Choices a B+, calling it "a better, more substantial book than Living History," and "a rich and lively narrative of Clinton's foreign policy successes, and failures."

Clinton, who continues to say that she not yet decided about running for president in 2016, has written two others best-sellers:

It Takes a Village was No. 6 on USA TODAY's list in 1996 when she was First Lady.

An Invitation to the White House: At Home With History, released in 2000, shortly after Clinton was elected to the Senate, reached No. 45 on the list.

Her 1998 collection of children's letters to the First Family's cat and dog, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy, peaked at No. 160 on the list.

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