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Gingrich and wife create buzz at Doylestown Bookshop

The Honorable Newt Gingrich
 

(Courier Times) – The scene at Doylestown Bookshop last Friday was a bit inspiring. With approximately 70 people in line, from all different backgrounds, waiting for Newt and Callista Gingrich to walk through the doors, the store had quite a buzz.

From the children and their families there for Callista’s newest picture book, to the many men and women hoping to get a signed copy of Newt’s newest book and perhaps a picture, the line ran throughout the store.

Callista Gingrich was there promoting the newest book in her children’s series called “Christmas in America,” as well as her existing best-sellers “Sweet Land of Liberty,” “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “From Sea to Shining Sea.”

“Christmas in America,” like the rest of her books, centers around a time-traveling elephant named Ellis. In this addition, Ellis learns how Christmas has been celebrated throughout the history of our country.

On the flip side of Callista’s children’s series is Newt’s newest book, “Duplicity,” a thriller set in Washington, D.C., during a presidential campaign. It uses Gingrich’s in-depth political knowledge and real-life news, politics and events as inspiration to create a story that is very believable in our time.

From Amazon to Goodreads, both of the couple’s new books are receiving rave reviews. One reviewer said of Newt’s book, “It is a tightly crafted political thriller that grabbed my attention from the first page and kept it until the very last…” and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.

Both books and the couple’s earlier releases were available for purchase at the Doylestown Bookshop during the Gingrich signing. People in line were buying stacks of books for their friends, families, neighbors and themselves. As their books were being signed, many didn’t hold back from asking the former speaker of the house questions or telling him to come back to the House of Representatives. Gingrich wasn’t afraid to speak up, either.

In my few moments with him following the signing, Gingrich enjoyed speaking about the current crisis in the House of Representatives and the presidential race. He praised John Boehner for his success while in office, and the amount of Republicans Boehner was able to bring into the House (the biggest majority since the New Deal). He also spoke about how the country’s wants and needs are changing.

“It’s as though you have an eight-track leader in a smartphone world,” he said. “That’s the challenge in both the House and Senate. It shows itself more in the presidential primary process, but I think we’re beginning to now see it penetrate the House.”

He also recommended Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s piece for The Federalist entitled “Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation,” which lists his idea of the things that need to change in the House for future success.

It was a night full of politics, community bonding, the possible beginnings of hand cramps and large elephant costumes. I enjoyed it, and I think everyone who attended did, as well. I even picked up a few children’s books for gifts, because why not?

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