Michelle and Hillary, Dan Brown's Swift Sales, MacArthur Authors, Grisham and Literature

Michelle Obama nixed the idea of Hillary Clinton becoming vice president, according to a new book by Christopher Andersen titled "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage"...Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" has become the fastest selling adult book of all time ... The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2009 "Genius Grant" recipients and there are some authors among the chosen 24 ... John Grisham: "I know that what I do is not literature" ... Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president, has written a steamy novel ... Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has received a book deal from Ballantine, say our colleagues over at The Reliable Source blog. They also report that Boris Yeltsin was found standing in his underwear on Pennsylvania Ave. back in 1995. Historian Taylor Branch, author of the forthcoming "The Clinton Tapes," writes in the book that Secret Service agents found the former Russian president as he was attempting to hail a cab for a late night pizza run.

A hat tip to Short Stack reader Christian Hamaker for making us aware of the good news from the Greensboro News-Record. The newspaper is bringing back its book review pages.


By Steven E. Levingston |  September 23, 2009; 2:02 PM ET Steven Levingston
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