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Pippa Middleton's party-planning book is a disaster

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Celebrate's sales not worth celebrating

Pippa Middleton's book isn't doing so well on store shelves. What's the problem?

Pippa Middleton

It looks like Pippa Middleton should stick to party planning rather than write about it: Her book — Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends — is already on clearance shelves in the U.K.

The book, originally priced at nearly $41 when released in October 2012, is now just over $10.

Why? Well, it has a lot to do with the book's original content — or lack thereof. The 29-year-old sister of Kate Middleton didn't tell us anything we didn't know before, like...

  • "Because of their size, turkeys are perfect for feeding larger gatherings."
  • "Store cupboards, drawers or boxes should be packed full of useful odds and ends."
  • "Ice goes great with drinks."

Yes, seriously.

And those who bought the book have even more to say about it.

"It's basically advice for people who are at that stage after a serious brain injury where they know how to walk and talk again but can't remember how to do normal, everyday things," one reviewer wrote.

"What a waste of dead trees," wrote another.

Ouch.

But many people like it, too.

"I can't believe all the bad reviews this book is getting. I think it's just jealousy. It's a beautiful book with simple, easy to manage ideas," one five-star reviewer said.

We give Pippa an A for effort. It can't be easy being the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. She at least tried to make waves for something other than her famous rear end.

"I wanted to produce something that was achievable; something that people would have on their shelves for years; something that was not too fussy — just simple and comforting," she said in an essay for the U.K. Daily Telegraph in October.

There's always next time, Pippa.

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