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On the Books: Lost Dr. Seuss stories to be published as picture book

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Theodor Geisel’s golden years were the 1950s, when he published Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), as well as the screenplay for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He also published a few short stories in Redbook magazine. Random House is now publishing Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, a collection of stories from the Redbook days, adding illustrations, and releasing it as a picture book in September. [The Guardian]

Before his untimely death last year, Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos was working on a novel more ambitious than anything else he wrote: It’s a 859-page historical novel about Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley, the famous explorer who found missionary Robert Livingstone in central Africa. He finished the manuscript before he died, and now Hijuelos’ widow is pursuing publication. The novel, Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise, will be published in the fall of 2015 along with an unpublished short story. Hijuelos’ wife also said he had another 700-page manuscript written, but she doesn’t currently plan to publish it. “I see Twain and Stanley as Oscar’s crowning achievement,” she said. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

Republicans rule 'New York Times' best-seller list

It’s a Red State book bonanza! Sarah Palin’s new book, America by Heart, debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list, but failed to dislodge George Bush from the top spot. Decision Points remained No. 1 for the third week in a row, and publisher Random House reports to CNN.com that they’ve sold 1.5 million total copies of the ex-president’s memoir.

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Bill Clinton gives a rave review to George W. Bush memoir

Clinton-BushImage Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images; John Parra/Getty ImagesShowing a little bit of solidarity among ex-presidents, Bill Clinton turned one of his famously emphatic thumbs to the “up” position for George W. Bush’s new memoir, USA Today reports. The former commander-in-chief and Zach Galifianakis co-star complimented his successor’s book, Decision Points, in a statement: “Decision Points is well-written, and interesting from start to finish. I think people of all political stripes should read it. George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge. The book may not change the minds of those who disagree with decisions President Bush made, but it will help you to understand better the forces that molded him, and the convictions that drove him to make those decisions.”

Clinton’s own memoir, My Life, was released in 2004 and became a massive bestselling success. Decision Points’ sales have been slower by comparison. What do you think, Shelf-Lifers? Does Clinton’s imprimatur make some of you more willing to give Bush’s book a try? Could the whole thing possibly have something to do with this?

Eight weeks of reading with Karl Rove

rove-time-travelImage Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesConservative readers rejoice: Karl Rove has a book club. Yes, you read that right. If Rove can have a Twitter account like all the other cool kids, why not a book club, too? The group, Karl and Clayton’s Summer Book Club, can be found on the reading website, Goodreads. Rove and Fox and Friends anchor Clayton Morris (yeah, Karl’s not doing this alone) will each submit eight books for readers’ consideration. Each week Rove and Morris’s choices will go head-to-head in a poll to determine the read of the week. Did your summer just get more exciting?

For some reason, I picture both Rove and Morris with boxing gloves on, fighting for their respective choices. I mean, they might be on the same team politically, but there’s just something about politics and boxing that really resonates with me. Unfortunately, I’ll have to settle for the online polls. But I think we can all agree a book-themed boxing match would be much more interesting.

The group is currently reading Foreign Influence by Brad Thor. Am I the only one who just yawned reading the title? But more interestingly, it beat out The Time Traveler’s Wife. Which definitely begs the questions of which guy suggested which book. Let’s all take a moment to ponder that thought. Long pause.

I wonder how long it will take before Rove’s memoir Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight* makes it on the list. What do you think? Would you join this book club? More than 300 people already have. And what political pundits would you want in your book club? Sound off below.

*See! Boxing!

Laura Bush discusses car crash in upcoming memoir

laura-bushImage Credit: Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImageThe New York Times managed to get its hands on a copy of Laura Bush’s upcoming memoir, Spoken From the Heart, and has spilled a lot of its newsiest content. I’m guessing a certain bookstore employee somewhere is going to be receiving a midnight visit from the publishing equivalent of Dick Cheney with a baseball bat.

In the book, the Times reports, Bush goes into detail about the fatal car accident she caused as a teenager on a country road in Midland, Tex., in November 1963. The former First Lady had long been silent on the accident, which claimed the life of a high school classmate, Mike Douglas. But here she recounts the events of that night — she ran a red light while rushing with a girlfriend to a drive-in in her father’s Chevy Impala and crashed into Douglas’ car — and the guilt that haunted her for years afterward. “I was praying that the person in the other car was alive. In my mind, I was calling ‘Please, God. Please, God. Please, God,’ over and over and over again,” she writes. She also uses the book to defend her husband against his political detractors, including Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, whose public comments about her husband (“loser” and “liar”) she calls “graceless.”

Mrs. Bush’s book, due in bookstores this Tuesday, precedes the former president’s own memoir, Decision Points, by six months. His book is set to his bookstores on Nov. 19.

George W. Bush's book 'Decision Points' gets a cover and a release date

Decision-PointsRandom House division Crown has announced a Nov. 9 release date for George W. Bush’s upcoming book, Decision Points — the week after midterm elections. The publisher also revealed its cover, an image of a determined-looking Bush strolling the exterior corridor near the White House’s Rose Garden. The book will touch on matters both political and personal, and will mark one of the few times the former president has commented publicly since leaving office. Considering his low popularity numbers, even now, it’s hard to imagine that at least part of this isn’t Bush’s desire to tell his side of the story and seek to recast his legacy. Though his father, George H.W. Bush never published a post-presidential memoir, many of his counterparts have: Bill Clinton released My Life in 2004, and Jimmy Carter has written a veritable library since the end of his term.

What do you think, Shelf-Lifers? Will you read Bush’s book? Vote in the poll below, and then sound off in the comments.

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