Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Most Widely Read Book on College Campuses: John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe

Having followed this novel as an example of cult fiction (and how such a book can go viral), it is no suprise that John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe was the most widely read book on 1,216 college campuses from January of 2010 through April of 2011.

Although several English departments had previously assigned the book in courses on magical realism, most students surveyed said that they had heard about the book from friends, in person or in email, sometimes with a link provided to the book's promotional site.

Paul Rankin, an engineering student at the University of Oklahoma, said, "Hey, I'll read anything about Lennon. The book had an interesting premise."

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues. John Lennon never goes out of style, as evidenced by the theatrical release (and now at Blockbuster) of NOWHERE BOY, the story of young Lennon's relationship with his mother Julia and his Aunt Mimi. It is also the story of how he met Paul McCartney and George Harrison.



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