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On the Books Mar. 21: Valerie Plame signed on to write thrillers, 200 pages of blank pages a bestseller, and more

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Valerie Plame
Ken Regan

Valerie Plame Wilson, the ex-CIA operative whose own life has been full of betrayals and plot twists, has signed with Penguin to write an international suspense novel series. The books will center on Vanessa Pearson (note the initials), a fictional operative. I have to say, Valerie Plame Wilson is a great name for a suspense writer.

Chalk it up to dry British humor, but a book of 200 blank pages, called What Every Man Thinks About Apart from Sex, has been climbing the best-seller lists. Sheridan Simove, a 39-year-old graduate of Oxford who studied psychology, who wrote–or at least titled–the book, will next work on finding out what women think about besides sex. That could make for a much fuller tome.

After several false starts, the Kindle will finally be adding page numbers to e-books that line up with those of the print editions. Thank goodness! What the heck was a “location,” anyway?

A great question: How are rock stars used in fiction?

It was 40 years ago today that Hunter S. Thompson made the road trip between Los Angeles and Vegas that inspired the gonzo classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.