Queen of All Media
Consider the force of nature that is Chelsea
Handler: bestselling author (Lies That Chel-
sea Handler Told Me; My Horizontal Life),
host of E!’s late night talk show Chelsea
Lately, stand-up comedian, and actress. Did
you see her epic takedown of Piers Morgan
on CNN? Did you know that she has her
own imprint, Borderline Amazing, at
Grand Central? Handler’s latest feather-ruf-
fling collection of essays, Uganda Be Kid-
ding Me (dedicated to “all my friends whose friendships I’ve ended
by writing this”), debuts at #2 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list.
Here, Handler shares stories about international travel and domes-
tic jet setting, like the time she wandered Rome in search of a toga
party, the time she exchanged dirty emails with a resort manager
in the Bahamas, and many other episodes too colorful to mention
here. Handler’s editor Beth DeGuzman, v-p, Grand Central Pub-
lishing Digital and Paperback Publisher, notes: “We always aim
for #1 with Chelsea, and we’ve now hit the bull’s-eye three times
in a row. We’re the luckiest publisher to have such a committed
and hardworking author.” Hardworking is right. Handler will
perform her stand-up routine and appear at post-show signings
from now until June 13, as well as making stops (usually at 2 p.m.
on show days) at bookstores including BookPeople in Austin, Tex.;
Left Bank Books in St. Louis; Schuler’s Books in Detroit; and Book
Revue, in Westbury, N. Y. She has already appeared on “In Conver-
sation with Ronan Farrow” at NYC’s 92nd Street Y, as well as on
Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and the Tonight
Show with Jimmy Fallon, and will appear on Ellen on April 17.
Print media appearances have included interviews in Paper Maga-
zine, the New York Times Book Review, and Entertainment Weekly.
However you feel about Handler’s brash sense of humor, her busi-
ness savvy and work ethic can’t be denied. —Jessamine Chan
Chelsea Handler continues her winning
streak with Uganda Be Kidding Me
The Walking Dead’s
Given the popularity of the Walking Dead franchise in every medium, it’s almost impossible not to make this joke:
its success is as unstoppable as the zombie apocalypse itself.
Since debuting on AMC on Halloween 2010, the TV series
has been the #1-rated show in the 18–49 demographic,
even beating the Olympics, twice. The graphic novel compendiums have sold more 400,000 copies, by BookScan’s
count, and the regular monthly comic—still written by series creator Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard—
is one of Image Comics top-sellers month after month.
And now, the novelization of the rise and fall of the Governor, one of the series’ most iconic villains, has reached our
Hardcover Fiction list at #13. Originally planned as a trilogy, this series of novels—plotted by Kirkman and written
by Bram Stoker Award nominee Jay Bonansinga—had its
final installment expand to two full-length novels. The
Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part Two concludes
the story of the Governor, aka Brian Blake, as he’s known in
the comics, an ineffectual would-be record-store owner who,
after the outbreak, harnesses his inner despot to become the
leader of the Woodbury community that initially seems to
have withstood the zombie apocalypse intact. Alas, the
toughness to survive often turns to ruthless evil, a continuing theme of both the Walking Dead comics and TV show,
and the Governor turns out to be an unbalanced psycho.
In the novels, the story of the Governor’s evolution is
greatly expanded from the comics version—which differs a
bit from the TV show’s arc, although a tank is involved in
the final scene of both. All of the regular characters show
up for the big finale, however, including Rick Grimes and
swordswoman Michonne. Although no further Walking
Dead novels have been announced, given their sales success,
you might expect this series to… rise from the dead.
Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which debuts on our Hardcover
Nonfiction Bestseller at #22.
Pearlman has found a niche with a huge follow-
ing. The former Sports Illustrated senior writer is
known for chronicling the exploits of pro sports’ bad
boys. First, he documented the mischief of the Mets
in their 1986 winning season in The Year the Bad
Guys Won! Moving on to the 1990s, Pearlman next
took on the escapades of the Super Bowl–winning
machine, the Dallas Cowboys. This time around it’s
sex, drugs, and fast-breaks as Pearlman takes readers
behind the scenes of the L.A. Lakers in the 1980s. Back in the
days when Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
donned purple and gold, the Lakers had not only tal-
ent and charisma but all the spectacle of the 1980s and
Hollywood, on and off the court, making them a team
even New Yorkers (a young Pearlman among them)
loved to watch.
Publicity for the book began with a first serial in
Sports Illustrated with lots of radio interviews to follow.
Just how many? According to the publicist, 77 and
counting. —Annie Coreno