From the Editors
The Times broke the embargo on Laura Bush's new memoir Spoken from the Heart, which was supposed to come out May 5. "I'm guessing a certain bookstore employee somewhere is going to be receiving a midnight visit from the publishing equivalent of Dick Cheney with a baseball bat," writes Shelf Life. In the memoir, Bush discusses the fatal car crash she caused when she was 17. "There's a weird feint at the Ralph Nader defense (her victim was driving a Chevy Corvair, the model pilloried by Nader in Unsafe at Any Speed) and the admission that she neither attended the funeral or attempted to make contact with the dead boy's parents. There is also the suggestion that someone tried to poison President Bush at a G8 summit in Germany," says The Awl. Daily Intel digs a little deeper into the poisoning thing, noting that "Bush was bedridden for a few hours and was never deemed to be in any dire condition," but takes a look at who the suspects might have been (Vladimir Putin?)
Omnivoracious takes a different tack and examines the book's cover: "I can't decide if it's gorgeous or horrible, but I lean toward gorgeous, in a weirdly inhuman way...And that photo! Her coiffed hair, and that crazy collar, just enough out of focus that it looks like it's made of some space-age synthetic."
Will you read the book?