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Gone Girl

Books don’t always stay with their original owners.  I created the UnConscious Words, Best Seller Edition with that in mind.  I did not buy any of the decade’s best sellers new, rather I searched for him in the used bookstores in Nevada County, CA.  Like old film stars, where do these celebrated and envied objects end up after their first rush of fame?   

Used book outlets serve as an author’s memento mori. Sure, the book was once number one, displayed face out on an industry-approved new book store.  But now the book is wedged into a shelf adjacent to a copy of Once Upon a Marigold hoping for a second chance, a second or third, or fourth reading.  Secondhand books are not tracked by any lists, bestselling or not, but like persistent ghosts and former film stars, they continue on. 

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl (Best Seller in 2012) – 8.1 million copies sold

 I knew of Gone Girl but had neither read the book nor watched the film. What is so interesting in the decade is the number of “girl” titles, as if the tile would help propel sales.  Maybe it does.

In any case, here’s to girl power.

Words by Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl 13

Benevolently hollow

Cheap salt key

Unnerved clammy bikini

Crazy like a watered picture

It too replaces the present stress

Phone gone sizzling wilted

Weird open eyes

Stop committing alone

A burden of busy

Asked to return the dream


Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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