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(Slate)   What do the best selling books on Amazon for 2013 tell us about America? Well, let's be honest -- nothing that's going to surprise you   (slate.com) divider line 89
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2013-12-26 02:09:36 PM
OK
That list made me really sad.

America, land of the bat shiat crazy.
 
2013-12-26 02:17:57 PM
Well, I did learn that somebody from Slate had a deadline to meet.
 
2013-12-26 02:20:00 PM
Geezus

I would like to see a geographical breakdown of where in the country some of those books are popular.

But I am sure it is very obvious.
 
2013-12-26 02:20:14 PM
I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.
 
2013-12-26 02:20:39 PM
::sigh::
 
2013-12-26 02:20:53 PM
Say's more about the type of people that order from Amazon then anything.
 
2013-12-26 02:21:42 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-26 02:23:58 PM

www.allamericanblogger.com

 
2013-12-26 02:24:23 PM
The list just makes me sad that I don't have a Amazon's best selling book yet.

/Well, I never wrote one, but the list make me realize that I don't need to be a writer, or need to know anything. It seems so easy, makes me wonder why I'm not taking that chance.
 
2013-12-26 02:24:58 PM
What I learned is that whatever you read, from self-help to The Great Gatsby, a certain Slate columnist will find fault with it and mock you, your taste, and all that you represent.
 
2013-12-26 02:25:22 PM
Let's see...I bought Jon Stewart's book "Earth" for my mother, "Marine! The Story of Chesty Puller" for a Marine Veteran friend and Malala's book for myself. I didn't see any of those on their stoopid list so I guess I'm sane?
 
2013-12-26 02:28:06 PM
It tells me crazy people need constant reassurance that their craziness is okay.
 
2013-12-26 02:29:14 PM

uknowzit: the type of people that order from Amazon


So, pretty much everyone then.
 
2013-12-26 02:30:16 PM
On the bright side, at least people are reading.
 
2013-12-26 02:31:38 PM

cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.


Agreed, though I'm mostly just glad that the Twilight and Fifty Shades franchises are both off the list.
 
2013-12-26 02:32:19 PM

b0rg9: uknowzit: the type of people that order from Amazon

So, pretty much everyone then.


It's amazing how low you can keep your prices when your shareholders allow you to operate essentially as a non-profit entity.
 
2013-12-26 02:32:55 PM
But I was told that reading is for fa**ots.
 
2013-12-26 02:33:35 PM

cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.


Agree. My 12 year old is a big fan. He also liked Wimpy Kid when he was younger.
 
2013-12-26 02:34:28 PM
Right wing wackos figured out how to order things from Amazon.
 
2013-12-26 02:35:24 PM
I did not expect what I just saw.

WTFdidIjustread.jpg
 
2013-12-26 02:36:05 PM
A lazy attempt, even by listicle standards
 
2013-12-26 02:40:51 PM
I just checked, and holy cats: THAT REALLY IS THE AMAZON BESTSELLER LIST.
 
2013-12-26 02:41:48 PM
Why are people ordering the DSM-5? Good Lord, people are hard up to have a mental illness (or explain away their stupid behavior... "I'm not a drama queen, I have Histronic Personality Disorder!"
 
2013-12-26 02:42:34 PM
At least it's keeping those people off the streets.
 
2013-12-26 02:42:41 PM
Newsflash: the derpy, AM radio crowd purchases consumer goods as a herd. There's a reason Rush Limbaugh still pulls in advertising dollars.
 
2013-12-26 02:43:29 PM
I got the Cracked.com De-textbook for Christmas (on my list). What does that make me?
 
2013-12-26 02:43:34 PM
This is because all the smart people use Google books.
 
2013-12-26 02:44:20 PM

uknowzit: Say's more about the type of people that order from Amazon then anything.


Actually, it says more about the type of people who still order physical books. The ebook bestseller list is almost entirely different.

//And the DSM-5 is an essential professional reference material. Slate writer knows better.
 
2013-12-26 02:46:16 PM

Eps05: I got the Cracked.com De-textbook for Christmas (on my list). What does that make me?


Slightly better than someone who reads Slate.
 
2013-12-26 02:46:28 PM

QueenMamaBee: Why are people ordering the DSM-5? Good Lord, people are hard up to have a mental illness (or explain away their stupid behavior... "I'm not a drama queen, I have Histronic Personality Disorder!"


Serious contenders are transitioning from the IC-9 to the ICD-10
 
2013-12-26 02:48:27 PM
11) We actually prefer reading about doing great things rather than even attempting to do them ourselves.
 
2013-12-26 02:49:23 PM
1. The Great Gatsby sucked and blew, both book and movies

2.We treat women so unequally in the workplace that they're starting to form support groups.

We had these "support groups" at work for a while. When the recession hit they sort of went away but they are being "revitalized" now which is good I guess since it means corporate has money to waste on things that don't add value to the bottom line. Last e-mail I got was there was one for Hispanics, one for women, one for blacks, one for Asians and one for the LGBT crowd. American Indians, Pacific Islanders and the Middle East crowd sort lost out and was surprised we did not have one for disabled veterans has we have more than a couple of them.

3. Self help books? Is it really "self help' if somebody else is telling you how to do it?
 
2013-12-26 02:50:31 PM

b0rg9: uknowzit: the type of people that order from Amazon

So, pretty much everyone then.


Library for books why pay?
 
2013-12-26 02:51:27 PM
I'm surprised a book with Charles Krauthammer's face on the cover can sell even a single copy.

www.slate.com
 
2013-12-26 02:55:24 PM

cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.


I read the first Percy Jackson book and was astounded at the low quality of Rich Riordan's writing. Even for a book aimed at kids, it was astoundingly poor.

JK Rowling isn't the best writer to grace children's literature in the last decade, but there's a reason her works will endure - she actually put some craft to her storytelling and was obviously more in love with the story than the eventual money she made.

/She just needed an editor in books 4-7 who wasn't terrified of saying "no" to pointless tangents. Books 1-3 were much better for it.
 
2013-12-26 02:56:07 PM
I'm surprised that apparently some Americans still do read. I expected the top ten to be all coloring books.
 
2013-12-26 02:56:58 PM
Ugh. Strengths Finder... what a joke of a book. Like all management books, really. Also with a clever, built-in way to sell more books.

/Books by right wing authors on list also make me sad.
 
2013-12-26 02:57:17 PM

Crazy Lee: QueenMamaBee: Why are people ordering the DSM-5? Good Lord, people are hard up to have a mental illness (or explain away their stupid behavior... "I'm not a drama queen, I have Histronic Personality Disorder!"

Serious contenders are transitioning from the IC-9 to the ICD-10


I was upset that misophonia didn't make it into the DSM-5. I need justification for when I pimp slap the nail clipper, the ice cruncher and the popcorn cruncher.
 
2013-12-26 02:59:35 PM

Treygreen13: Well, I did learn that somebody from Slate had a deadline to meet.


pretty much this. I don't think there's anything all that profound about that list but it probably looks like journalism to the average Slate reader and took the author all of about 15 minutes to write up.
 
2013-12-26 03:00:19 PM
 
2013-12-26 03:01:37 PM

cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.


also signing on to the I rather like his book bandwagon.  Ive read all of them so far.  Pretty solid for YA fare and honestly trump some of the adult offerings (50 shades was shiat, but less shiat than twilight was).
 
2013-12-26 03:02:25 PM

Crazy Lee: QueenMamaBee: Why are people ordering the DSM-5? Good Lord, people are hard up to have a mental illness (or explain away their stupid behavior... "I'm not a drama queen, I have Histronic Personality Disorder!"

Serious contenders are transitioning from the IC-9 to the ICD-10


The change is going to make my eyes bleed im pretty sure.
 
2013-12-26 03:07:29 PM
That is quite depressing.

'Murica!
 
2013-12-26 03:08:06 PM

Needlessly Complicated: Ugh. Strengths Finder... what a joke of a book. Like all management books, really. Also with a clever, built-in way to sell more books.

/Books by right wing authors on list also make me sad.


A friend gave me that book. I read page 1 and realized that it would be complete pablum from there on out.
 
2013-12-26 03:08:13 PM
Burn all books that carry no meaning?
 
2013-12-26 03:14:28 PM

Fissile: I'm surprised a book with Charles Krauthammer's face on the cover can sell even a single copy.


So you agree with Seth Myers?
 
2013-12-26 03:16:52 PM
global3.memecdn.com
 
2013-12-26 03:21:47 PM
I learned American bloggers can half-ass an article in a way that makes them look lazier than the people they're making fun of.  Way to say nothing about nothing Slate.
 
2013-12-26 03:26:55 PM

mayIFark: The list just makes me sad that I don't have a Amazon's best selling book yet.

/Well, I never wrote one, but the list make me realize that I don't need to be a writer, or need to know anything. It seems so easy, makes me wonder why I'm not taking that chance.


Go for it.  It looks like if you write Diary of a Whimpy Jesus you'll make oodles of money.
 
2013-12-26 03:31:26 PM
Right now I am reading "Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeons Golden Age" . Mom got it for me off Amazon, it is pretty good and slighty twisted.
 
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