I’m trying out a new feature on the blog, where I wrap up some book world news on Fridays. We’ll see if this works!  So here’s some news.

Spare by Prince Harry has become the fastest selling non-fiction book of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. I imagine I’ll read it at some point, probably listen to the audiobook version as I did with other royal-related books, including Book 26 of 2022, The Palace Papers by Tina Brown. I’ve read bits of gossip just like most of us have, but I want to see it all in context.

What’s going to happen to book twitter if/when Twitter implodes? Sophie Vershbow, writing for Esquire, is on the case.

HarperCollins and its striking workers are entering mediation, thank goodness.

The New York Times wrote about Hilderbabes, fans of author Elin Hilderbrand, by covering a retreat for/with the author in Nantucket. And of course, people made fun of it despite these kinds of fan travel opportunities exist everywhere, from the Sex and the City buses to Jane Austen pilgrimages. I even looked at a tour for Murdoch Mysteries and one of the AcornTV travel tours that included Doc Martin. How different is this from fantasy baseball camp? I think too many people read this and couldn’t get past “women are enjoying this thing.” The horror!

Two personal items to close things out. First, my Notes from a Hired Pen ebooks have a new home.

And second, after finishing Book 3 of 2023, Elizabeth Taylor by Kate Anderson Brower: I found myself stumbling around the internet (stone cold sober, I swear), and discovered Taylor’s Avon jewelry line. Hello to my new broach.




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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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