Rich get richer: Tyra Banks, Sarah Palin announce new books
Sometimes the only reaction to publishing news is: “Really?” As language effervesces, this term has burbled to the top as an all-purpose expression of gobsmacked stupefaction: Sarah Palin and Tyra Banks have new books planned. Really?
Palin’s publisher announced yesterday, according to The New York Times, that the former vice-presidential candidate and resigned Alaskan governor’s second book, due out in November, will be titled: America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.
I suppose Palin will next declare her support for puppies, sunshine and daffodils. Or maybe Mom, apple pie and baseball. Or, with apologies to Tom T. Hall, little baby ducks, old pick-up trucks, slow moving trains. And rain.
The book will be a “celebration of American strengths and virtues,” reports Reuters. And here I was expecting an analysis of the financial meltdown or an historical investigation of conservativism from Edmund Burke to Ronald Reagan.
Palin is said to be partly inspired by “some of the extraordinary men and women she admires,” and partly by the $8 million advance she received for her first book, the autobiography Going Rogue.
In fairness, Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies since it was published last November, a gaudy number, indeed, and: Good for you, HarperCollins! Who says traditional publishers are in trouble? May this blockbuster’s profits finance the cultivation of young literary talent (ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!).
HarperCollins won’t say how big an advance Palin received for the new book, which will include selections of writings that have inspired her.
Really? Sarah Palin reads?
As for Tyra Banks, the supermodel, actress, talk show host, and reality show host has signed a deal to write a series of fantasy novels set in the world of modeling, reports the L.A. Times.
The first of three novels will be titled (drum roll, please!): Modelland.
Banks, who apparently writes during coffee breaks from her four other careers, has already completed the first book, says her publisher, Delacorte Press.
The novels are set in an academy for models called “Intoxibellas,” described by Delacorte as “the most exceptional models known to humankind,” who may have superpowers. A group of ordinary girls is accidentally transported to the school. Adventures, I presume, ensue.
In what we can only hope is not an example of the prose style in the novels, Banks writes on her website: “It’s for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives… and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too.”
Modelland, Banks promises, “takes you to a fantastical place you’ve never seen, or heard about, or read about before.”
Any similarity to a little fantasy series featuring a magical school and a kid named Harry Potter is purely coincidental, I suppose. LIkewise the use of the name “Bella” in “Intoxibella” has absolutely nothing to do with a certain moderately successful young adult series featuring vampires and werewolves.
Please let me know if anyone out there plans to purchase either of these products. I think I’m going to go lie down now.