Elmore Leonard (Glitz) doesn’t read ction when he’s writing. ”(I’m) usually reading a lot of research for the book. Also I don’t want to be in uenced by the style. But what I’m reading now is Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, by H.G. Bissinger…about a high school football team in Odessa, Texas.” Jackie Collins (Rock Star) will be reading William Goldman’s Hype and Glory, ”because I loved his book Adventure in the Screen Trade,” Kim Wozencraft’s Rush, and Ed McBain’s Three Blind Mice. And she’ll be rereading Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run? ”It’s a fabulous book about Hollywood.” Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero) plans to read Graham Greene’s A Burnt-Out Case, which he says he’s been wanting to read for a long time, Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky, and Martin Amis’ London Fields. Carl Bernstein is in the middle of both London Fields (”I’m late to get around to it, but the book’s terrific”) and Michael Herr’s Walter Winchell, and he’ll pick up Scott Turow’s The Burden of Proof later this summer.
In the days following Michael Dukakis’ humiliation in the 1988 election, Washington lawyer and literary agent Bob Barnett had an idea: Kitty Dukakis should write a book. When he reached the Massachusetts governor’s wife a few days later, he found out she’d had the same notion. Barnett quickly arranged a $175,000 contract from Simon & Schuster for a ”Kitty’s journey” book.
Dukakis and cowriter Jane Scovell delivered a rough draft of Now You Know last summer, and if all had gone smoothly, S&S would have published the book last May. But, as her editor Chuck Adams says, ”there were additional twists and turns in Kitty’s journey.” S&S shelved the project during Dukakis’ much-publicized battle with alcoholism last winter. While recovering, however, she began to rewrite. The book, started as an insider’s look at the campaign, | gradually became a candid look at her life and the effect of her addictions on her family. ”It’s one woman’s life in the fishbowl,” Adams says, ”and how she comes to realize her own weaknesses and strengths. It’s very candid. There’s much that has not come out in the news that’s in the book.” The book will be in the stores in August.