People mourned the death of legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64.
In the aftermath of Summitt’s death, people have flocked to bookstores to purchase her memoir. Such was the overwhelming response that Amazon and the Knoxville branch of Barnes and Noble sold out fairly quickly.
Summitt’s 2013 memoir “Sum It Up,” which was subtitled “A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective,” received a 4.9 star customer rating on Amazon, calculated on the basis of 687 reviews. The book was also honored with the Goodreads Choice Award, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“We didn’t have a ton, so unfortunately folks came in yesterday morning, picked them up, and we’re out,” Amanda Goodwin Smith, of Barnes and Noble, said. “Everybody wants a new copy. A lot of people gave them as gifts before so now they don’t have a copy for themselves and they really want one. ”
Although the book dates back to 2013, its sales have increased overwhelmingly. It stands at the top position in the Amazon Bestsellers list in Sports Coaching. The book also holds the second place for Kindle edition, fourth place for audio book, and 14th place for hardcover.
“She’s such an integral part of our community and will always be. And she was so inspirational and influential that everybody wants a piece of her to hold onto for themselves,” said Smith.
At the Knoxville Barnes and Noble, the book has recorded more than impressive sales. “I’d say probably 75-80 percent of the customers that have come in over the past couple days and even over the weekend have been Lady Vol fans,” Jesse Thompson said, as reported by WWLP.
“Sum It Up” is available for $13.62 in the paperback form; $11.99 in the Kindle edition; and $31.99 in the hardcover form.