Lit Gossip: Newt Gingrich, Self-Help Author

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11/12/2008 1:30 PM |

Exciting and/or hilarious new book deals.

Is former House speaker Newt Gingrich really fit to be doling out advice to the masses? He’ll have his daughter Jackie Gingrich
Cushman’s help, at least, when the two of them team up to write their forthcoming book, Five Principles for a Successful Life, announced yesterday by Publisher’s Marketplace. It’s billed as “words of wisdom and
advice for leading a fulfilling life with contributions from prominent
figures in politics, business, and culture.” Guess he’s reformed.

More economic fuckupery, revealed! Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side) sold an as-yet-untitled tome that’s supposed to be a “behind-the-scenes story of a few men and women who foresaw the current
economic disaster, tried to prevent it, but were overruled by the
financial institutions with whom they worked.”

The Obama books are coming! Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe is preparing Renegade: The Education of Barack
. It’s based on his reporting on Obama since he hit the campaign trail in February 2007, plus an interview with our President-elect, his aides, and BFFs. With any luck, there more candid, “We can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house” quoteables in this one.

The Secret is taking over the world some more: Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret Daily Teachings will be published on December 9th (soon!) to help guide you through the next steps in living The Secret. Just picture good things happening, already! And do it until you keel over!

Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children will be made into a movie. The rights were sold to Deepa Mehta (Water), who will
direct and co-adapt with the author.

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