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Robert James Waller Has Died

Robert James Waller, author of the mega-selling Bridges of Madison CountyVariety’s obit gets even more specific and says the writing took only 11 days.

While the critics largely panned the overly sappy and sentimental novel, I remember selling tons of these books, even though I started working in a book store a couple of years after its publication. Oprah Winfrey called the book a “gift to the nation.”

Here’s my take… Anything that gets people in bookstores, buying books, and reading is a good thing. While I enjoy making fun of Fifty Shades of Grey or the latest Kardashian magnum opus as much as the next snarky guy, when the jokes stop, folks buying books is a good thing.