“Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens, returns to No. 1 on the USA TODAY List of best-selling books this week for the first time since January 2020. No, it wasn’t the paperback version that brought the book back to the top of the list. It turns out that the release of the book movie trailer was the catalyst.
The next film adaptation, produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and starring “Normal People” star Daisy Edgar-Jones, is slated for release in July. The taut and visually arresting trailer dropped on March 22.
On the same day, Taylor Swift posted the trailer to her Instagram and wrote about her love of the book and her excitement in writing the “haunting and ethereal” song “Carolina,” for the film. Aaron Dessner of The National produced the song.
Swift wrote: “Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got completely lost in when I read it years ago. As soon as I heard there was a movie in the works starring the amazing @daisyedgarjones and produced by the brilliant @reesewitherspoon, I knew I wanted to be part of it on the musical side. I wrote the song “Carolina” on my own and asked my friend @aarondessner to produce it. wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this compelling story. You’ll hear it quite soon.”
The novel is about a reclusive young woman who is suspected of murder and has been in List of USA TODAY bestsellers since its debut in September 2018.
Here’s a look at what’s still making waves on this week’s list.
The children’s book makes a return to USA TODAY’s best-selling books list at No. 26 after Senator Ted Cruz grilled Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson last week during his confirmation hearings.
A picture book that introduces young readers and their parents to the concept of anti-racism and encourages discussion“Antiracist Baby” was one of several books that Cruz said was used at a private school in the Washington, D.C. area, where Jackson is a board member.
“Do you agree with this book which is taught to children, which babies are racist?” asked Cruz.
After a long pause, Jackson said, “I don’t believe a kid should feel racist or like they’re not valued.”
The author of the book, Ibram X. Kendi, who appeared on the bestseller list five times as an author and once as an editor, had something to say.
“You know Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has impeccable credentials – and you know you do the job – when @tedcruz asks him about your books since he can’t touch his case,” Kendi wrote in a tweet. .
The book was previously on USA TODAY’s list of best-selling books. following the rise of Black Lives Matter protestsdebuting at No. 49 in the summer of 2020 and reaching No. 16.
Readers are hot and bothered for “Bridgerton,” again
It’s not just “Bridgerton” streaming fans who rushed for the series, which returned to Netflix on March 25. It turns out that the books of Julia Quinn are again a rare commodity.
“The Viscount Who Loved Me” the second book in the series and the basis for the current season of the Netflix seriesreturns to the list at No. 28. Bridgerton’s other titles on the list include the third book in the series, “A Gentleman’s Bid”, and the first book, “The Duke and I”, which went to #1 after the series launched in 2020.
Quinn’s romance novels focus on the eight Bridgerton children. With eight novels, plus additional collections and novels, there’s plenty to keep fans of the series entertained until Seasons 3 and 4 are coming. And for voracious “Bridgerton” readers, there’s always the Quinn prequels, the four-book “Rokesby” series.
Contributor: Barbara VanDenburgh. Julia Thompson