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Hunter Biden’s memoir sold less than 11K copies in its first week, despite media hype

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Hunter Biden‘s new memoir has failed to land on many readers’ nightstands after one week on the store shelves, selling less than 11,000 copies, recently released numbers show.

His book, “Beautiful Things: A Memoir,” sold 10,638 copies last week, according to Publishers Weekly. This is despite the abundant media promotion from places such as CNN, CBS News, and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“—especially about the memoir’s sex and drug content—in the lead-up to the book’s release.

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The book of President Joe Biden‘s youngest son debuted at twelfth place among hardcover nonfiction books. Some notable books that beat Hunter Biden’s memoir include National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” in first place with 42,318 copies and Fox News host Shannon Bream’s “The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today” in second with 32,686 copies during the same timeframe.

His memoir did have a stronger showing on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list though, finishing its debut week in fourth place in the “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” category.

Notably during Biden’s media tour promoting the book, he tried to downplay the significance of his laptop scandal that The New York Post first broke a few weeks before the November 3 presidential election. He told Jimmy Kimmel—for instance—that the laptop is a “red herring,” and falsely claimed to podcast host Marc Maron that a recently published report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had determined the laptop story to be part of a Russian-backed disinformation operation.

MORE ON HUNTER BIDEN: Hunter Biden falsely claims intel community labeled laptop story as ‘Russian disinformation’

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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50-Foot Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Set on Fire by 49yr Old Homeless Man

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Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.

The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.

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The suspect accused of setting the News Corp. Christmas tree on fire is taken into custody by the NYPD.

“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.

He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.

A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.

Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.

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