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Speculation over Oprah's next book pick

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We know when it will be – we just don't know what it will be. Oprah said yesterday that she will announce her next book pick on Sept. 18. And so the speculation begins.

Publishing industry newsletter Publishers Marketplace cites two sources for possible clues as to Oprah's pick, writing that, "[A]ccording to the Newtonville Books Community Blog, #63 will be a Little, Brown trade paperback title priced at $14.99, with an announced first printing of 500,000 and ISBN # 978-0-316-08637-0. Amazon reports differing metadata, listing the Oprah #63 pick as a $23.99 hardcover with an ISBN of 978-0-316-08636-3."

"We'll leave others to the guessing game," writes Publisher's Marketplace, "but it's worth noting that Little, Brown prices very few of its hardcover titles at $23.99, which narrows the list of potential candidates considerably to the following books published between January 2008 and August 2009:

"Amigoland" by Oscar Casares (August 10)
"Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (July 27)
"This Wicked World" by Richard Lange (June 30)
"Do Over!" by Robin Hemley (May 11)
"The Man's Book: The Essential Guide for the Modern Man" by Thomas Fink (May 6)
"Secrets to Happiness" by Sarah Dunn (March 25)
"Eat, Drink and Be From Mississippi" by Nanci Kincaid (January 6)
"The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning" by Peter Trachtenberg (August 27, 2008)
"The Bible Salesman" by Clyde Edgerton (August 11, 2008)
"Undiscovered Country" by Lin Enger (July 3, 2008)
"Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (June 9, 2008, with trade pb published at $14.99 on July 15, 2009)."


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