Take The Love Song of Johnny Valentine by Teddy Wayne for example, which went on sale February 4th. The book has enjoyed an all-star media lineup with a daily New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani, NPR interviews on “All Things Considered” and the Leonard Lopate show, and appearances on The Awl, Oprah.com, Vice, in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Gate, PBS, and Interview magazine. While the book is still listed with the ability to order online on the B&N website, an in-store book search reveals that it’s out of stock in stores across the country.
Low print sales are true for the #1 NYT Bestselling book this week, S.C. Stephens’ Reckless. Despite being #1 on the combined list and the ebook list, Stephens’ book is noticeably absent from the print only list which suggests that the main paper book seller in the U.S. may continue to have reduced print orders from Simon & Schuster. (It also suggests that her ebook sales were massive). MobyLives
“Men’s novels are about how to get power. Killing and so on, or winning and so on. So are women’s novels, though the method is different. In men’s novels, getting the woman or women goes along with getting the power. It’s a perk, not a means. In women’s novels, you get the power by getting the man. The man is the power. But sex won’t do, he has to love you. ”
Interesting and provocative. Atwood is making sweeping generalizations, of course. Isn’t “Perks of the Being a Wallflower” a man’s novel? And is seeking love gaining power through men? No, of course not. Byliner
The vampires and their mates are smell oriented. To the hero, the heroines smells of tangerines. So in order to get in the mood, he takes a bowl of tangerines and begins to make love to the tangerines. He really gets into it. The book describes the juices running down his hands and the feel of the flesh of the fruit against his tongue.
Anyway, when I read this post about the toys for long distance partners, I thought that it was too bad that the tangerine hero didn’t have something like this. He might not have had to consume so much vitamin C in order to communicate with his lady love. TechCrunch