Is Christine O'Donnell's book tour a washout?
Christine O'Donnell's conservative but sometimes kooky public persona helped her to a surprise primary win in the race for Senate and to land a book deal. But the response to "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again" has been underwhelming -- particularly in one city.
That city was Naples, Fla., a community with a strong conservative base; when O'Donnell appeared there last week, she met with an audience of readers that she could count on one hand. The News-Press reports, "O'Donnell took the turnout of five people -- members of the media outnumbered customers -- at Barnes & Noble in stride."
Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has tried everything to bring attention to her book release and tour, mostly by walking out of interviews and claiming that Piers Morgan was making inappropriate sexytalk with her. How long can she milk these brief flare-ups to extend the last second of her 15 minutes? Trick question; she can't.
Sales-wise, "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again" isn't doing terribly, but it isn't setting records either. The book is currently No. 37 in the Amazon subcategory of "Books > Nonfiction > Government > State & Local Government," which puts it at No. 39,273 overall. That's better than "California Crack Up: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It" by Joe Matthews and Mark Paul (No. 39), but not as good as "Lone Star Politics" by Paul Benson, David Clinkscale and Anthony Giardino (No. 13). At the very top of Amazon's bestseller list overall is another political memoir: Dick Cheney's "In My Time."
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Christine O'Donnell signs her book at a "tea party" rally in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 18. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images