Dr. Seuss, Jennifer Weiner, ‘Star Wars’ make bestselling book list

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Three things are certain in this world: death, taxes and Dr Seuss‘ “Oh, the places you’ll go!” topping bestseller lists during graduation season. Seuss’ illustrated classic, first published in 1990, is No. 1 on this week’s USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list. A favorite perennial literary gift of fresh grads, the book features a young boy embarking on life’s great adventures.

The recent Seuss controversy doesn’t seem to have dampened sales. The expansive and beloved Dr. Seuss canon has taken a cultural hit in recent years on grounds of racial insensitivity, with six titles drawn by Seuss Guardians last year.

On Reading Across America 2021 — traditionally held on March 2, the birthday of author Theodor Geisel — President Biden failed to mention Dr. Seuss, long a staple of this daytime. This mention of the White House has returned for the 2022 festivities.

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Readers hit the pool with Jennifer Weiner, Emily Henry

Authors Emily Henry and Jennifer Weiner, masters of beach reading, dominate this week’s list as temperatures warm up and drinks cool down.

Henry, who landed his first No. 1 book last week with “Book Lovers,” drops to No. 2 this week, while Weiner’s new novel “The Summer Place” debuts at No. 4. In the Weiner’s latest book, A Family in All Its Messy Glory is forced to come to terms with its troubles – secrets, misunderstandings, regrets and unhealed wounds – as a Cape Cod Beach House wedding looms.

A ★★★★ (out of four) review for USA TODAY says, “With its Cape Cod setting that evokes seashells, cool water, melting ice, and summertime bliss, it’s sure to be the ultimate beach bag. unmissable this year.”

Weiner is no stranger to the bestseller list. The previous two books in his Cape Cod trilogy, “Big Summer” (2020) and “That Summer” (2021), reached No. 10 and No. 5 respectively.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi battles ‘Star Wars’ on bestseller list

A few weeks before Disney + launches its new series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” starring Ewan McGregor, the Jedi master battled “Star Wars” on the bestseller list at No. 30.

Kenobi and apprentice Anakin Skywalker star in Mike Chen’s “Star Wars: Brotherhood,” which explores the family bond between two of the Skywalker saga’s central characters as they investigate a devastating explosion on Cato Neimoidia.

A review ★★★★ for USA TODAY calls it “one of the best ‘Star Wars’ novels to date”. He continues, “Much of the reviews of the final film in the Skywalker series, ‘Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ (2019), argued that the writers didn’t take a lot of risks and played it in safely trying to tie nine movies together. Luckily, Chen doesn’t bother too much about ironing out the issues, and instead gives ‘Brotherhood’ a feel of originality with age-old characters.”

Contributor: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY

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