Too Much Sarah Palin?

Why is there so much interest in reading about Palin?


A roundup of lit-related questions.

Too Much Sarah Palin?

The former Alaska Governor is slated to discuss her forthcoming memoir Going Rogue: An American Life on Oprah’s show, November 16, the day before the book releases. Big surprise to me, Palin’s book, which only took four months to write, is already a bestseller on the sites of Amazon and Barnes & Noble due to tremendous preorders. Go figure.

Imagine how the Oprah appearance will boost sales. I wonder how the talk show queen will approach the interview. What should she ask Palin? I’d probably begin with, “why?”

The publishing industry is definitely trying to cash in on the strange phenomenon that is Sarah Palin. There’s the similarly titled book being released by new publisher OR books called Going Rouge: An American Nightmare edited by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, two editors at the Nation. The book is a collection of essays intended to mock Palin. It will be released on November 17 too, and even features a similar cover. Bold move.

There’s also Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe which is supposed to illuminate “both the talents that helped make Palin a superstar and the traits that became liabilities under the intense pressures of a divisive national campaign.”

Frank Bailey, a former aide to Palin is also supposedly writing a book entitled, Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man, which doesn’t yet have a publisher. Bailey was at the forefront of the Troopergate scandal and has since stopped working for Alaska government. It’s never a good idea to piss off close aides.

And that’s just a few of the books about Palin. Who would have guessed that there’d be so much interest about her personal and political life?

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