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David and Victoria Beckham’s baby name sells books

David Beckham and his baby daughter Harper, spiking book sales. (VICTORIA BECKHAM/TWITTER VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Harper Seven Beckham, daughter of David and Victoria Beckham, has been alive for less than two weeks. But already she’s accomplishing great things for the publishing industry.

According to an item in the Daily Mail, sales of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” have risen by 123 percent on since the Beckhams announced their daughter’s name, which was inspired, in part, by the author.

In a video posted to his Facebook page, David Beckham said that “To Kill a Mockingbird” is his wife’s favorite book.

“Harper’s an old English name, which we loved. And one of the other reasons was Victoria’s favorite book is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and the author is Harper Lee,” he explained. “It’s a very strong, passionate book. That’s where Harper came from.”

If the child’s name is encouraging people to read great literature, that’s a good thing, I suppose.

So far, no word on whether Harper’s middle name has affected sales of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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