Picks and Pans Review: Book Buzz
On paper, it just shouldn't work—Herman Wouk, the 81-year-old author of epic novels like The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War, collaborating with singer/beach bum Jimmy ("Margaritaville") Buffett on a Caribbean-flavored musical, Don't Stop the Carnival. "It's going really well," says Wouk, who wrote the book for the show, which is set to premiere in Florida next April. Exactly how did this unlikely twosome hook up? "I pursued Herman," says Buffett, a Wouk fan. "He didn't know who I was, so I sent him a couple of my records."
Bidding to excerpt My Story, the memoirs of high-flying Sarah Ferguson, climbed to a staggering $775,000 in the U.K. before Hello! magazine landed a three-parter. But her tell-some saga, due Nov. 13, will have to compete with two other dishfests—Fergie: The Very Private Life of the Duchess of York, by her former psychic Madame Vasso, and Fergie: Her Secret Life, by Allan Starkie, business buddy of former Fergie flame John Bryan.
BULL MARKET Now that Bad as I Wanna Be has sold 750,000-plus copies, Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman has pulled down a seven-figure, two-book deal with Delacorte. Book 1: Walking on the Wild Side, tales from the tattooed one due next May. Book 2: a Christmas '97 release with photos of Dennis's decorated body. Just when you thought the season had lost its meaning.