A day after the release of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” – which has stirred controversy by portraying President Donald Trump as unfit for office – some Southern California bookstores are scrambling to stock their shelves with copies of the explosive book.
The book – which Newsweek reports has sold out on major retailers’ websites — gained buzz after excerpts became available online earlier this week, prompting a storm of tweets from Trump – whose lawyer has threatened to sue the book’s publisher.
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Among the book’s draws: an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Trump pushed back on Saturday, taking to social media, where he called Wolff “a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book.” In addition to that, he lashed out at Bannon, calling him “Sloppy Steve” for giving an interview to Wolff.
Trump tweeted that “actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”
Bookstore owners in Southern California say they have experienced long lines and have received a flood of phone calls for the book.
The president said becoming a successful businessman and then president would “ qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Some stores were sold out the book within a few hours on Friday.
Among the stores that sold out of the initial batch of the book was Vroman’s Bookstore at 695 E Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, said head book buyer Sherri Gallentine. More copies are expected to arrive on Monday.
“The book is really popular because it has been in the news,” she said. “We receive a lot of phone calls. If you want to buy it, I would recommend to place an order.”
She added that three of the store’s locations, two of them are in Pasadena and one in West Hollywood, are expected to receive about 300 copies on Monday.
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A manager of Barnes & Noble in Glendale said there are no more copies in stock, adding that customers have a better chance to find the book if they pay over the phone. About 20 copies are expected to arrive on Monday afternoon, he said.
A store clerk at Calabasas-based Barnes & Noble said the shop will receive about 35 copies by Jan. 19.
Customers can order the book on the store’s website, he said.
Lisa Kingsley, the owner of Books On The Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, which sells used books, said the release of the popular book prompted her to order a few new books.
“We will have 10 copies after Jan. 20,” she said. “We usually don’t buy new books but this book has been very popular.”
Source: Oc Register