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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book buzz: 'Fifty Shades' by the numbers

By Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the books world today:

--The week's hot books: USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer gives details on the week's top five new and noteworthy releases, including Gold by Chris Cleave.

--'50 Shades,' 23 ways: If you stacked up all copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, the pile would be 51 miles high. Or you could fill 12 Olympic swimming pools with all of the copies sold. Publishers Weekly tackles the best-seller in 23 fun statistics.

--All-American books: Feeling patriotic this July 4th week? The Daily Beast gives Independence Day books suggestions for people of all different viewpoints.

--Barnes on books: The Sense of an Ending author Julian Barnes writes about his bibliomania and defends physical books and bookstores on The Guardian.

--The vest plot: Jennifer Weiner pokes fun at The Marriage Plot author Jeffrey Eugenides and his infamous Broadway billboard vest with an ad for her new book,The Next Best Thing.

--Poet memoir: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate Natasha Trethewey will write a memoir to be published by Ecco in 2014.

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