The inside scoop on the book world

By Matthew Flamm
June 22, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

CENTER OF GRAVITY Christopher Reeve, who had a best-seller with his 1998 memoir, ”Still Me,” will expand a college commencement speech he recently gave into a new book. ”It’s essentially life lessons,” says his agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, who struck the six-figure deal for the as yet untitled work with Random House publisher Ann Godoff. ”It’ll be a thinking person’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”’ Walsh says they’re hoping to have the book out by graduation time next year.

PET SOUNDS Simon & Schuster is bringing out Stephen King’s first live recording on July 15, an hour-long audio book of a short story called ”LT’s Theory of Pets,” which the horror maestro read in 1998 at London’s Royal Festival Hall. It’s the author’s second audio-only production (following last year’s ”Blood and Smoke”), but this time, as he read the tale of lovable pets run amok, ”I was able to experience the reactions of my listeners firsthand,” he says. We’re spooked.

FAMILY COUNSELOR Anyone who has Tony Soprano for a father must have a thing or two to teach other young people about dealing with family troubles. And that’s exactly what Meadow Soprano — also known as Jamie-Lynn Sigler — plans to do: The actress has been meeting with New York publishers about writing a book that would be ”part memoir, part inspirational” tale of her successful battles with an eating disorder and other personal problems, says her agent Frank Weimann. ”Fans of ‘The Sopranos’ will be satisfied as well, because many of the problems she deals with on the show she’ll deal with in the book,” promises Weimann. ”What do you do when your father doesn’t like your boyfriend? How do you handle the stress of SATs and college exams?” No word on whether it’ll cover what to do if your dad has your ex-boy-friend whacked.

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