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Can’t find copies of Prince Harry’s memoirs? Fort Worth Librarian Shares Books to Check Out

Despite the name “Spare”, it is unlikely that extra copies of Prince Harry’s new memoirs will remain on the shelves in bookstores and libraries for a long time.

Penguin Random House, the book’s publisher, said it sold more than 1.4 million copies on its first day, including pre-orders, in the US, UK and Canada, a record for a non-fiction book from the world’s largest publisher.

Two days after the book was made available to the public at the Fort Worth Public Library, more than 500 patrons lined up for the audiobook, narrated by Harry himself. More than 400 people held up the e-book and 115 hardcover users were waiting in line.

As a librarian for the development of adult book collections, Michelle Morris purchases fiction, non-fiction, and biographical literature for the Fort Worth Public Library system. According to her, the book’s popularity is “amazing.”

“This is probably the book of the year,” she said. “It’s been a minute since a biography has been so popular.”

About a month before the publication of the book, inquiries slowly began to come in. Morris worried that she might have ordered too many copies, but interest has surged since the recent flurry of royal press.

“The difference after the 60 Minutes interview actually made me a little wobbly,” she said. “There has been an explosion of interest.”

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Harry described the loss of his mother at the age of 12 and the feelings of shock and disbelief that followed her death. He also discussed the tension in his family and the quarrel with his brother Prince William. According to Nielsen, this discussion was followed by 11.2 million viewers.

Morris has since ordered more copies for the library to keep up with demand. She also compiled a reading list of other related titles so that readers can check them out in between:

documentary literature

  • “Diana, William and Harry: The Heartbreaking Story of a Princess and Mother” by James Patterson and Chris Mooney (2022)
  • Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan by Christopher Andersen (2021)
  • “Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camille, Kate and the Throne” by Christopher Andersen (2016)
  • In Search of Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of the Modern Royal Family by Omida Scobie and Caroline Duran (2020)
  • Together: Our Community Cookbook by Hubb Community Kitchen (2018) – Meghan Markle, then Duchess of Sussex, wrote the foreword.

Fantasy

  • “American Royals” by Tracey Livesey (2022)
  • “Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston (2019)
  • “Royal Vacation” Jasmine Guillory (2019)
  • “The Royal We” by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan (2015)

Books recommended by Meghan Markle on her closed website The Tig

  • The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)
  • “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
  • “All the Light We Can’t See” by Anthony Dorra (2014)
  • “In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Creators, Artists and Entrepreneurs” by Grace Bonnie (2016)
  • “The Bluest Eye” Toni Morrison (1970)

Marcheta Fornoff covers art for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at [email protected] or call Twitter. At Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of board members and financial backers. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.



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