| Hillary Clinton during an interview with Larry King on Living History at the CNN studio in Washington on Wednesday. (AFP)
New York, June 11 (Reuters): Former first lady Hillary Clinton’s tell-all memoir Living History sold about 200,000 copies in its first day of publication, the book’s publisher said yesterday.
Simon & Schuster said sales had been so brisk that it had already ordered another 300,000 copies of the book to be printed on top of the 1 million copies which were printed for Monday’s launch.
“We are certainly happy,” Simon & Schuster spokeswoman Victoria Meyer said.
“By any measure this is a huge number.”
Meyer said that the publisher, which paid Hillary $8 million for her memoir and hopes it will become the No. 1 non-fiction title of the year, expects to increase its print run again later this week.
The sales pace of Hillary’s book — which covers eight tumultuous years at the White House, including President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment — is in the league of novelists like Tom Clancy and Stephen King, said John Baker, editorial director at Publishers’ Weekly.
“It’s strikingly good,” Baker said, noting Hillary’s book has sold much faster than memoirs by President Ronald Reagan or his wife Nancy.
The book reveals that President Clinton lied to her about his affair with Lewinsky for seven months, only admitting his dalliance days before his grand jury testimony. “As a wife, I wanted to wring Bill’s neck,” Hillary writes.
She describes herself as devastated by her husband’s belated admission of infidelity and says she yelled and cried.
She writes that she and her husband subsequently slept in separate beds.
The book tells how Hillary’s love for politics began with strong Republican convictions rather than the Democratic Party politics she is known for.
Barnes & Noble Inc., the world’s largest bookseller, said Living History set a one-day sales record on Monday for a non-fiction book at its stores.
The company said in a statement it shifted 40,000 copies in just 24 hours at retail stores and online.
Nationwide sales figures for other booksellers were not immediately available.