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Sunday, July 12, 2020


Illustration by Dorothy Leung for the Washington Post

Ultimate family feud
“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” by the President’s niece Mary Trump will soon be in bookstores retail and internet. According to a description posted of the book by Simon & Schuster, the clinical psychologist dishes on “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.” For a New York Times review click here.

Black Book Matters
Given the fact the late Jeffery Epstein is back in the news after the arrest of his partner in grime, here’s a link to the 2015 Gawker article that named the names inside Epstein’s tiny phone book of horrors.   Click here and Click here.

“er, can we still be friends?”
New York Magazine’s Intelligencer column has published an OMG list of MORE trumpian tell all books to arrive before Fall. One book is by a woman, who was tossed under the bus after being shown the White House door.  Click here. Look for Melania & Me to be in the news soon after Labor Day.  Author Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s based her work on her 15 year friendship with Melania Trump. As the late upper crust wedding publication, Racked noted in 2000: “...You may recognize Stephanie's maiden name. Her grandfather is the Harry Winston and her father Bruce runs the company. The groom's grandfather, Jack Entretter, was an owner of the legendary Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in the 1950's...”

Wait there’s more. 
Add to your [t]rumpian summer reading lists a new satire “Make Russia Great Again,” by Christopher Buckley.  Here’s what a reviewer Ron Charles of Book World penned in the Washington Post: “...Christopher Buckley is not angry about Donald Trump. He sounds instead as delighted as a fly discovering the world’s largest pile of manure. The comic genius behind such classics as “Thank You for Smoking” has given us an outrageously funny novel equal to the absurdity roiling Washington. The explosion of topical gags in “Make Russia Great Again” will — one hopes — someday require a host of footnotes to explain, but let the future worry about that. Typically, comedy is tragedy plus time. For now, we’ll have to make do with tragedy plus Buckley...”

Old News before it’s New News.
Two days ago, New York Times’ reviewer Alexandra Alter reinforced the zany world of book publishing in the [t]rump era when she penned that John Bolton’s book [“The Room where it happened”] held the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s best seller list, while Mary Trump’s was number 3, EVEN THOUGH Neither has been released to general sales by Simon & Schuster. 
         By the way, Simon & Schuster reportedly remains up for sale by current owner Viacom/CBS.

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