Sunday, January 29, 2006

"Frey's Last Stand On Bestseller List?

The latest bestseller lists are out -- and Oprah's dissection of James Frey was too late in the week to affect them. Frey is perched at Number Two on the paperback list, just behind Oprah's latest pick, Elie Wiesel's "Night." He's also at Number Four and Number Nine on the hardcover nonfiction list, with "My Friend Leonard" (the story of his friendship with a mobster Frey met in jail -- though of course Frey never WAS in jail, making the entire book suspect to say the least) and "A Million Little Pieces." Will sales collapse next week? We can only hope. On the fiction lists, throw the word "Templar" in your title and you can ride the coattails of "The Da Vinci Code" -- first-time novelist Raymond Khoury debuts at Number Ten with "The Last Templar," a poorly reviewed thriller. (Maybe it has something to do with the priest/hit man dispatched by the Vatican or the opener where Templar knights ride their horses into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in broad daylight to steal religious artifacts.)

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