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22 August 2006 @ 01:14 am
Anyone read the merch newsletter lately?  
In case you haven't, HarperCollins is releasing a "Secret Book" on September 12th, and it's being dropshipped to us on the 11th. The obvious answer to what it is would be a book on 9/11, being the 5th anniversary and all. But it's more fun coming up with what it might be.

My favorite theory is the final Harry Potter book, if only so I can stop telling people that, no, it's not out yet, and no we don't have a date for it yet, so very sorry. But you know they'll be hyping the release for months beforehand.

Or maybe it's a book by 2Pac, telling us he's not really dead, and those posthumous albums really weren't posthumous. (Yes, this was one of the theories. What? It was slow.)

Or just another friggin book by Nora friggin Roberts.

Any one else have any good theories?
 
 
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libwitch on August 22nd, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
If it wasn't for the fact that the release date had not already been announced, I would guess it would be the 13th and final book in SUE. It sounds like the perfect gimmick for that series. It could be a tie in to it, since it would be pretty much one month to the release date.

bamzilla on August 22nd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't S.U.E. Scholastic? My first thought was SUE as well, though.

It's probably some Oprah Book Club book.
libwitch on August 22nd, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
The ones we sell in the store (hardcover) are Harper Collins. I think the Scholastic ones are all pb, and generally not found in stores, just sold to schools, school books clubs, and libraries.
bamzilla on August 22nd, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yea, I knew that Scholastic did the paperback ones for the school bookfairs, but I couldn't remember if they did the hardcovers for retail.
bamzilla on August 22nd, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Meh, it's on the reservation board for October 13th, anyway.
marionravenwood on August 23rd, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Well, there *is* a SUE companion book called The Beatrice Letters, but it has a street date of September 4.
scrabble on August 23rd, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
That would be a good gimmick for that series, actually. But apart from the other clues later discovered, the price is way too high. "Project X" retails for $25.95.
libwitch on August 24th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, that is double for a normal book in that series.

Hmmmmmm
typicalfemale on August 22nd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
It'd be funny if it was a Letters to Penthouse or something.

"Lotz of dirty secretz!!!"
gurlxmachine on August 22nd, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Its another Kevin Trudeau book.
CURES AND CURES AND CURES...
(Anonymous) on August 22nd, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's listed as British History.
ravendrexn on August 22nd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
It could be the four hundredth James Patterson released in the last eight months?
thepoptartfairy on August 22nd, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
we had so much fun playing the guessing game with this last night. if you use the binc to look it up on ts it says it's some form of a bio in british history. but we thought that even that might be a decoy if they are being this topsecret about it?
denardo on August 22nd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
My hunch: it has something to do with "LOST".
brighty18 on August 22nd, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
"T is for Trade Center" by Sue Grafton?
brighty18 on August 22nd, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I did not mean that to be offensive (except, perhaps to Sue Grafton) and I know it's not Harper Collins.
mananath on August 23rd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
hmm.. If it's brit history perhaps it is yet another book about Princess Di. Or maybe it's a scandalous book about King Edward IV. ;)

I hope the boxes of this book come wrapped in Hannukah wrap!

scrabble on August 23rd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
I feel that Princess Di is probably the best bet here, too. It's the only thing that immediately comes to mind involving British history and true stories with newly revealed details.
fourhumours on August 23rd, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
We had some fun with this one today. After a bit of research we discovered that it's in British History, with an initial printing of 500,000 copies, and sub-categorized as a biography/autobiography/childhood memoir. According to ipage, I think, and Borders Search, it will receive major media coverage and will be THE BOOK to read for the fall.

We all think it's Princess Di's unfinished memoirs, finished up by somebody else.
brighty18 on August 24th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Excellent thought!
sleepinginflame on August 24th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
what is the binc? i want to look it up today, i haven't been at work in 4 days, i've missed out!
parkerbabe on August 27th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
If you look it up on TLU, it says British History. If you look it up in iPage, it says Childhood Memoir. So I would imagine it's got to do with either the royals or Tony Blair or someone of that ilk.
(Anonymous) on September 3rd, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Lemony Snicket's "The Beatrice Letters".
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