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While not a runaway bestseller, Ted Kennedy's posthumous memoir, "True Compass," is still doing decent business a few weeks after its release. The book, which hit stores Sept. 15, has so far sold about 170,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. And it seems the Kennedy compendium has considerable appeal outside Massachusetts. Looking a little closer at the numbers, "True Compass" has actually sold better on the West Coast (32,000 copies) and the South Atlantic (30,600) than in New England (30,000). Kennedy's account is on pace to outperform some other high-profile political memoirs, including Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History," which has sold 209,000 copies, and perhaps "The Reagan Diaries," which has moved 273,000 volumes. But "True Compass" is about to lose its mojo with the release of Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," which this week shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list even before it's been published. The book by the former Alaska governor is out Nov. 17.

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