This week! Books!
Your weekly culture war freakout is brought to you by Dr. Seuss. After the Seuss Estate announced that they would let six of his titles with racist caricatures go out of print, quite a few people seemingly lost their freaking minds and opted to stick it to the Seuss Estate by… uh… buying lots of Dr. Seuss books, which quickly shot up bestseller lists.
I guess everything turns into a five alarm fire these days, but books go out of print all the time, Disney has been expunging its catalogue of problematic content for years, and this is ultimately a commercial and brand decision by the Seuss Estate amid rumblings that a lot more Dr. Seuss content is problematic than just these six books. If anything we should be thinking about how best to memorialize the legacy of racist caricatures like these and how to contextualize them for future generations to learn from the mistakes of the past. But people are acting (or pretending to act) like their entire childhood has been canceled. What a time.
Some great posts on writing this week! Lincoln Michel talks about “invisible architecture” in fiction, the arbitrary constraints some writers cook up to inspire creativity, and DIY MFA has eight essential edits for your novel.
This week in bestsellers
Here are the top five NY Times bestsellers in a few key categories. (All links are affiliate links):
Adult print and e-book fiction:
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
- The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry
- A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
- The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
- Think Again by Adam Grant
- Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
- Walk in My Combat Boots by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney
Young adult hardcover:
- Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Middle grade hardcover:
- Living the Confidence Code by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman and JillEllyn Riley
- The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling
- Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
- Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
This week on the blog
In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:
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And keep up with the discussion in all the places!
And finally, for all you Animal Crossing fans out there, you don’t even have to be a fan of Hamilton to appreciate the incredible artistry of this re-creation of the first act of Hamilton using Animal Crossing items and characters.
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