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NEW YORK CITY – In news certain to knock the publishing world off its celebrated axis, Kim Kardashian West’s Selfish has been bumped from atop The New York Times bestsellers list for “Celebrity Vanity Projects.” Leslie Stahl’s Becoming Grandma is now the top-selling self-important, vainglorious book in the United States.
Stahl’s credentials include being a grandmother of two and correspondent with “60 Minutes.”
“My mom’s also on TV and a grandma because Kourt and I have kids, so what’s the big deal?” Kardashian West said in response to Stahl upstaging her.
Subtitled The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, Stahl explains that she used reporting skills to explore how grandmothering changes a woman’s life. With unprecedented insight, she writes of being “hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected,” she wanted to “investigate it — as though it were a news flash.”
Early reviews have been universally friendly. “I am so amazed and delighted by the many impartial, validating critiques my book has received,” Stahl effused. “They are wonderfully fun and I couldn’t be more pleased than if I wrote them myself.”
“Lesley Stahl brings the keen reporting we know from ‘60 Minutes’ to the story of grandparenting. Amazed and delighted at the joy she experienced with the arrival of own two granddaughters, Stahl set about finding out why that was true. … This is a wonderfully fun read,” Cokie Roberts, author of We are Our Mothers’ Daughters, effused.
Another fast riser on the NYT “Celebrity” list, coming up behind Kardashian West, is the fabulous The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.
In related news, professional writers across the country are mourning the recent loss of a number of talented unpublished authors who have blown their brains out.