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Why did publisher postpone Palin biography?

Our sister publication, Slate.com, tries to answer the question. It reports that Christian publisher Zondervan has removed "Speaking Up" from its fall lineup and taken the biography for young readers off its Web site.

It's unclear why Zondervan has taken the action; the publisher isn't explaining. And Slate, which got an advance copy, can only wonder: "The relentlessly reverential book is not modeled after Kitty Kelley's takedowns but rather on those quickie tween biographies of Justin Bieber and Zac Efron churned out for adoring fans. It is a stronger reputation-burnisher for Sarah Palin than Going Rogue was."

The Slate piece by Ruth Graham adds: "Viewed forgivingly, "Speaking Up" is a laudable effort -- a biography of a woman for a young evangelical audience that focuses primarily on its subject's professional accomplishments. Viewed less forgivingly, it's a hilarious one. At one point, within the space of three paragraphs, Palin is compared favorably to Taylor Swift, the apostle Paul, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- in that order."

By Steven E. Levingston  |  July 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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About the only thing Caribou Barbie has in common with those mentioned in the last sentence is that her name is spelled using some of the same letters found in theirs.

Posted by: jmsbh | July 30, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Wait a sec, Magic Johnson... Holy cow, are they insuinating that Palin is HIV positive?

Posted by: ozpunk | July 30, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is compared favorably to Taylor Swift"

Paging Kanye...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

John McCain should be, figuratively, punched in his old face every time we are subjected to this wild dingbat. Damn him for all time.

Posted by: Lrobby99 | July 30, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin is nothing more than a con artist. And, she zeroed-in on her marks. As another said, damn McCain for unleashing this twit on America.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I see the twits are out in force today.

Posted by: gfafblifr | July 30, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

jckdoors & Lrobby99:

If McCain were the patriot he claims to be, he'd own up and apologize to the country for pushing her onto the stage. Best thing now would be to push her off a bridge.

Posted by: skyjord | July 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Not to belabor the point but "DAMN THAT JOHN McCAIN"!!! Perhaps the book was unsalvageable even with top-notch editors working on it! The woman compares herself to Jesus' disciples?!?!? That is hilarious indeed. The sad fact is...who really cares? The vast majority of us wish a) we'd never hear of her; b)we've heard WAY TOO MUCH of her (and about her...) and c) wish she'd return from whence she came and stay there!!
I must admit, however, there is an evil part of me that hopes she becomes the GOP's nominee in 2012 and we can watch her debate President Obama. Hard to "refudiate" the good ratings which would follow and, though we all know we really shouldn't...how often do we slow down to watch a horrible accident/train wreck up close? That's what those debates would be like even if Sarah was coached 24/7 right up until the first debate. The woman simply could never, EVER run the country. Period. Back to my original premise...John McCain almost made this a reality for all of us. Can I damn him one more time??

Posted by: DGFMitchell | July 30, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I dunno about that, jmsbh. Paul was sort of prudish demagogue, too. And Palin has more political experience than Taylor Swift.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The world doesn't need another book that polishes the ego of that woman. I am shocked that she did not compare Jesus Christ to herself. After all, she is the greatest loser and quitter of all time, matched by none for ineptitude. Even John McCain cannot keep up with her, and he tries every day to be the most ridiculous person in the Senate. The advance copy reviews probably yielded the advice that there is no need to publish what will not sell or will become an instant paperweight or door stop. Save the paper and ink. The woman is a flaming joke.

Posted by: ronjeske | July 30, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What if... what if we all started ignoring all "news" about this lightweight? This story -- about the postponement of a biography for teenagers, secondhand journalism about nothing -- can only be intended to keep attention on this figurehead for fatheads. "Unbuild it, and maybe they will go away." I'm starting with the man in the mirror. No more Palin stories for me!

Posted by: luckymud | July 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about setting the bar low. You only need to have more experience than Taylor Swift to be president? Oh,what was I thinking, just look at the previous administration.

Posted by: kmar20009 | July 30, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

To those who would like to see mistress Palin running for president in 2012: what if she wins?

Posted by: farmmesca | July 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe it is most appropiate and accurrate to compare Sarah Palin to Paul, who rewrote the Bible, made up all of the myths about Jesus concerning the forgiveness of sins and his life and created the state run Roman Catholic Church 130 years after Jesus taught in the midEast as a way to CONTROL the members of the Church of Charity that Jesus started. This information was confirmed by the head of theology for the Roman Catholic Church who works at the Vatican, but he said the Inquisition was necessary. Thall Shalt not Kill? Anyway, I'm still searching for any signs of semi-intelligent life among bipeds, for it is less than a minute fraction of a nanosecond before midnight on the human clock. CO2 levels are 35 parts per million above the threshold for sustained life on Earth as of several years ago. I have watched the planet be destroyed by the subanimals who falsely believe they are human, and people actually vote for these most evil entities. Sin is not permitted, and never was. Peace always! Still searching!

Posted by: finalteacher | July 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I figured it was because Palin "writes" by drawing crude stick figures.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin would be better at debating with
Obama then McCain considering McCain would
not even challenge Obama.What twits are you
talking about yourself if you are female.
Obama is the only one comparing himself to
Jesus Christ well actual he thinks he is Jesus Christ.He thinks he can do anything
he wants to.So much for taking the oath to
protect and defend the Constitution.I like Palin but I do not want her to be president
she does have more experience as the now ex governor then Obama had as a senator which by the way was less the one year.

Posted by: ricardomaureen | July 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

From the looks of today's polls, there are a whole lot more Americans who are unhappy with the puppeteers who unleashed Obama. It even sounds as if some of the Palin critics may have voted for him. With what we know now about his lack of education and inability to even read a teleprompter, you'd think they'd be embarrassed to find fault with Palin. Some of their comments prove their ignorance!

Posted by: phild1 | July 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Excerpt from "Speaking Up":

"OMG, Alaska! Yr Gov so hot!!! Bieberlicious! Just like @TaylorSwift! Puts aching hearts beating in heartland soaring to protect grizzly cubs like U and Trig. Shoots moose like LBird shoots baskets. And with hot frmr First Dude/Dad Todd she has best M8 4EvR! Totally!

Policy. Yep. Drill, baby drill. Commonsense conservative solutions. Family First. Right after book tours and appear on Magic Johnson hit show. Talked to Paul. Apostle not Beatle (but he's still cute! 2 Bad about WH musicky, singy thing w/ Obama. Just had to sing "Michelle" to her. But got song with Hall/Oates "Sara, Smile." Or other one about "storm clouds" growing in my eyes. Yup, yup... get in my den and I get tuff! Ha!)

Debates. Just do 'em ur own way. Don't w8 4 Qs, give As U want to give. Many winks and turn up cuteness. That's why U need a beauty pageant not sum E-litist degree from Harvard. Rel8 to real peeps.

Enviro. Eat meat. Wear leather. Oil keeps planet from getting dry, cracked skin like desert.

Work ethic. Work until UR ready to quit and move downstream like dead fish? No. Quit now. Big bucks to seize the moment. Fancy pageant walking and talking. Winking. Waving. Hire ghostwriter for UR books. Note: shorter is better. Lots of hot pics!!! (Shirtless Todd? Whew!!!) But no Levi style porno. Do public speaking via Twitter and FaceBook. No Lamestream Media. Qs and As 2, 2, 2 hard.

People I admire. Mavericks. Dallas Mavericks. Well, I liked Dallas when JR and Bobby (looks just like TODD!!! HOT!!!!!) were on. Mother Teresa cuz she was a Mama Grizzly like me. Nikki Haley (does she tan?) And all of the great American heroes who were born in America and never palled around with terrorists.

Country First. Except 4 when it's Me First. Brainflash: New Fox slogan 4 my show: Trust Me, I verified that. Brilliant! Watch KO or Letterman try to refudiate THAT!

Tomorrow: Best campaign poster ever! Me in hot running shorts with TODD! chasing me in WH Rose Garden. Note to fotog: Todd holds rose in teeth. No shirt... maybe just towel. Get Bristol's opinion.

Note to self: Write baby name book. Include cool names like Pickle, Slingshot, Hubcap, Knob, Label and new fav Karriage.

C U Next Chapter!!!

Posted by: jade_7243 | July 30, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. What did this woman ever do except act stupid and embarrass herself. I will never forgive McCain to caving in and letting the repubs pick her as his running mate. It was a desperate attempt to gain momentum and it fizzled fast.

Posted by: valerie14 | July 30, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps all of you egg sucking, bed wetting Liberals should find a more productive, money earning enterprise than bashing an All American Lady who has more courage and pays more taxes than all of you losers combined. Your welfare checks won't last forever and Social Justice is a fleeting fad now that Van Jones has moved out of the Lincoln bedroom.

Posted by: mmcmain42 | July 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Sarah Palin? I recently came down with amnesia. Should I want to know who she is?

Posted by: auntfannyscabin | July 30, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The publisher has decided to not release the book? The Post (and who else) has advance copies? Maybe the Post could reach an agreement with the author and serialize the book, a a few days a week in a special section, like periodicals sometime (used to) do...

Posted by: jimmyaj451 | July 30, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

She may gain riches with her hokey talk and books, that's for sure...

But she'll never possess a rich thought.

Posted by: AverageJane | July 30, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Lest we forget, which Palin supporters tend to do, even when reminded --

"Women's words about the hockey-mom veep candidate" -- http://tinyurl.com/4e5vns

"A post turtle and bull pies" --http://tinyurl.com/4cursk

"The debate that wasn't much of one" -- http://tinyurl.com/4x9oa6

"Alaskan bear pucky" -- http://tinyurl.com/qfz6rs

Like the song goes -- "What's too painful to remember, we choose simply to forget . . ."

Posted by: JoeWB | July 31, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Well, vanity is one of the seven deadly sins, and Palin has shown herself to be vainglorious on a level to which children, especially christian children should not be exposed. That said, this observer considers Palin queen of the bewildered herd for easily substantiated reasons. Just read her supporters' comments; if these individuals are not useful idiots, then the phrase has no meaning. Moreover, it is newsworthy that a christian publisher finds the biography Palin had produced solely for a christian children's audience to be unsuitable for release to that audience. One could speculate Sarah is not quite the christian she supposes herself. One hopes this is the first step of many leading to her eventual downfall.

Posted by: TheghostofLennyBruce | July 31, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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