The book has also been the top-seller in every single one of The Book Standard's 99 local-area charts. But this week, a glimmer of hope appeared for other authors, as The Book Standard charts registered a change—one single change: The Bristol–Kingsport–Johnson City, Tenn., area has a new chart-topper—and it’s not a bestseller from Patterson, or from Cornwell, or even from David McCullough. It’s Surrounded by Idiots, a book of essays written by conservative talk-radio personality Mike Gallagher.
I have no idea who Mike Gallagher is or whether his essays are anything I'd enjoy, but I'm still going to blow him a big, smacky kiss for writing the book that knocked the boy wizard off his broom in that one region, at least, making it possible for The Book Standard to title its article on the historic upset thusly:
Now there's a visual. I just think it's a crying shame they didn't run a New Yorkeresque illustration along with that great title.
Yes, I know; I'm a horrible person.