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Hillary Clinton’s book selling well, but where’s the mad rush?

Washington Post Opinions' writer Alexandra Petri visits Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C. to see if copies of Hillary Clinton's much-anticipated memoir, "Hard Choices," are flying off of the shelves. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)

If there was enthusiasm for the release of Hillary Clinton’s highly anticipated memoir, it was missing Tuesday at one D.C. bookstore. No one was lining up outside. No one was fighting over the last copy (there still are copies left!). And few seemed interested in reading anything beyond online reviews and summaries.

Our PostTV team and opinion columnist Alexandra Petri ventured to Kramerbooks in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, where they found that even Clinton supporters were not interested in buying the former secretary of state’s “Hard Choices.”

Luckily for Clinton, book sales seem to tell a different story. As of Wednesday morning, Kramerbooks had sold 24 of its 160 copies. Apparently, we missed those buyers during our nearly three-hour visit to the store. A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman tells us the memoir is currently its #1 selling book nationally and “by far” the #1 in the D.C. area. And on Amazon, the book ranks at #2 on the “Best Sellers” list.

Maybe when Clinton herself comes to town later this week, we’ll find more memoir enthusiasts. The storied D.C. bookstore Politics & Prose has sold out its 1500-person book talk with her scheduled for Friday.

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