Skip to comments.Al on Remainder ( Bore's books aren't selling well )
Posted on 11/25/2002 12:15:08 AM PST by KQQL
COUNTING EVERY READER
Al Gore is said by associates to be surprised that his newest books on family aren't selling well. The pair of books co-written with wife Tipper Gore (one of them is a coffee-table book intended to serve as companion to the "heavier" tome) are apparently headed toward the remainder bin as bookstores move more popular and potential Christmas gift fare into the line of sight of customers.
"We aren't selling any," says a sales associate for Borders Books in Bethesda, Maryland. "And we thought given that this is kind of a political book and that it's by Gore that it would sell in this area."
It hasn't worked out that way. The audiences at Gore's book signings have been skimpy, and worse, those that do come to hear him haven't been buying the books. In San Francisco, Gore's appearances were met by crowds of people apparently rounded up by his former Northern California presidential campaign staff. "We were invited to come and cheer him on," says a former volunteer. "We were chanting, 'Gore in 2004,' and he loved it. But I wasn't going to buy the book."
The Gore books haven't yet cracked the New York Times bestseller list after more than three weeks in stores, an indication that it won't make the list. "They tried getting them [The Sunday New York Times Book Review] to list it as a book in the 'Bear in Mind' section, so at least it would make the page where the bestseller list is placed, but we couldn't even get that," says a former Gore aide. "It's another indication the public isn't buying Gore as a serious candidate in 2004."
The Prowler won't go so far. We see it as an indication that the American public is still in recovery from Earth in the Balance.
During the democratic national convention, those of us monitoring the event on C-SPAN were treated to a video of Gore and his family, and a tour of their home. Gore went to special pains to make sure the cameraman caught the NUDE, SELF-PORTRAIT OF TIPPER THAT SHE PAINTED WHEN APPROXIMATELY 8 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH NOTHING HIDDEN. This picture was hanging in the hallway, where her children and grandchild could see it. This was shown to the entire convention and on national television.
Tipper is quite disturbed, in my opinion, and Gore is obviously nuts.
Coupled with the fact that this is a book that has NO market in paying customers, I think we can expect it to hit the remainder bins any day.
In fact, I think we should have a contest to see who spots it first at Half-Price Books.
Hey, he teaches journalism... a profession today that equates to prostitution.
The unwashed don't read and no conservative will buy it.
I wonder how long he'll hang in for 2004.
Liberals will only buy things with other people's money.
The Gores are certifiable, in my opinion.
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