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Bestseller List For Books At USA Today Resumes After Its Monthslong Hiatus

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NEW YORK – The weekly list of best-selling books published by USA Today, which had been on hiatus since December, was reinstated on Wednesday.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled because this content is important to our vast audience and uniquely supports the communities we serve,” said Kristin Roberts, Gannett Media’s chief content officer, in a statement.

Gannett had not published the list since Mary Cadden, the long-time compiler, was laid go late last year. According to Erik Bursch, senior product and engineering vice president, Cadden’s laborious logging of sales numbers has been automated. Barbara VanDenburgh, the paper’s books editor, will oversee the list otherwise.

The publishing business has long regarded the USA Today rankings as a thorough, data-driven consumer market assessment method. The top 150 books on the list began in 1993 and are “based exclusively on sales analysis from U.S. booksellers including bookstore chains, independent bookstores, mass merchandisers, and online retailers.” Unlike The New York Times and other lists, USA Today does not break hardcovers, paperbacks, audiobooks, and e-books into different categories, instead collecting them all, regardless of category or release date.

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The weekly list of best-selling books published by USA Today, which had been on hiatus since December, was reinstated on Wednesday.

Elin Hilderbrand’s latest beach book, “The Five-Star Weekend,” was the top seller on Wednesday’s list, followed by Bonnie Garmus’ popular debut novel “Lessons in Chemistry” and Ali Hazelwood’s humorous romance “Love, Theoretically.” Others include “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” as well as Paul McCartney’s photographic book “1964,” David Sedaris’ “Happy-Go-Lucky,” and Cormac McCarthy’s celebrated work “Blood Meridian,” which died earlier this month.

VanDenburgh said that in addition to sales rankings, USA Today will include feature stories on independent vendors nationwide and recommendations from small business owners. The restored list is a collaboration of the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent bookstores; Bookshop.org, an online retailer that splits money with independent sellers; and St. Louis’ The Novel Neighbour bookstore.

“ABA is excited about this partnership with USA Today and the opportunity to spread the word about the value of independent bookstores to communities and readers,” said Allison K. Hill, CEO of the bookseller’s group.

The resuscitation of the USA Today list follows last week’s announcement that Bookforum, an online literary journal that collapsed around the same time Cadden left, will relaunch in August in collaboration with the liberal weekly The Nation. Penske Media Corporation shuttered Bookforum in December, shortly after acquiring Artforum, its sister publication.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

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Phoenix — A little blue dog with an Australian accent has captivated the hearts of people all around the world.

She is the titular character of “Bluey,” a seven-minute children’s show that has captivated both kids and adults. This week’s publication of its longest episode yet, at 28 minutes, elicited an outpouring of praise for the show, even from those who are neither toddlers nor parents.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

“Bluey” follows an Australian blue heeler and her sister, a red heeler named Bingo, as they navigate the days between home and school. It’s popular with kids because of its fun comedy, but it also appeals to adults who miss their childhood.

“My childhood experience wasn’t the best, so I’ve always identified with shows where life is good,” says Miriam Neel, who lives in Colorado. “The parents in ‘Bluey’ enable imagination and creativity and really get involved with their kids, and I wish I had those experiences.”

Neel is 32 and has decided not to have any children of her own. She claims the show has become a part of her morning ritual and is frequently used as background noise when working from home.

“I won’t speak for the entire generation, but millennials find solace in cartoons. “It’s what most of us grew up watching,” she explained. “And if I’m going to spend time watching something, I’d rather watch something that doesn’t make me afraid of the world, like any of the ‘Law & Order’ shows.”

Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

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“Bluey,” which currently has over 150 episodes, aired in Australia in 2018 and will begin streaming on Disney+ in 2020. It has also been transformed into a digital series in which prominent fans such as Bindi Irwin and Eva Mendes read excerpts from popular storybooks, as well as a live theater act that travels the world.

The show has also received numerous accolades, including the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Children’s Television Drama every year since 2019 and an International Emmy Kids Award.

The series presents a child’s viewpoint on morning routines, errands, and chores, as well as a glimpse into the lives of parents through mother Chilli and father Bandit.

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Not A Toddler, Not A Parent, But Still Love ‘Bluey’? You’re Not Alone

This week’s special episode, “The Sign,” delves into the emotions surrounding subjects that are relevant to both children and adults, such as moving residences, marriage, infertility, and post-divorce relationships. In addition to these universal themes, the episode concludes the third season with Easter eggs for loyal viewers.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

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Los Angeles — Dick Van Dyke, 98, is contending for a historic Daytime Emmy.

The actor was nominated Friday as a guest star in a daytime drama series for his role as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives.

Van Dyke is the oldest daytime Emmy nominee. When producer Norman Lear won his final Primetime Emmy nomination in 2022, he was 100 years old. He died the following year.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

Van Dyke is up against Guy Pearce, an Australian actor from Amazon Prime Video’s “Neighbours.”

Van Dyke earned four Primetime Emmys, including three in the 1960s, for his legendary comedy series “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Selena Gomez, an actor and singer, is nominated in the culinary series category for her Food Network special “Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays.” The Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” hosted by actor Valerie Bertinelli and which concluded last year, is also nominated in that category.

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CBS will cancel “The Talk” after its 15th season later this year. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, and Sheryl Underwood were nominated for daytime talk show hosting.

The main actress nominations are Tamara Braun of “Days of Our Lives,” Finola Hughes and Cynthia Watros of “General Hospital,” Katherine Kelly Lang and Annika Noelle of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless.”

The lead actor nominees include Eric Braeden of “The Young and the Restless,” Scott Clifton, Thorsten Kaye, and John McCook of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Eric Martsolf of “Days of Our Lives.”

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The Daytime Emmys will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7 in Los Angeles. The show is back to its regular schedule after being postponed until December due to strikes by Hollywood performers and writers. The hosts and Lifetime Achievement award recipients will be announced later.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

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Nashville, Tennessee – Morgan Wallen, a country music singer facing charges coming in part from allegations that he tossed a chair off the rooftop of a six-story club, says he is “not proud” of his actions and accepts responsibility.

The “One Thing at a Time” singer took to social media Friday night to comment to his arrest in Nashville two weeks earlier. According to court documents, he was charged with three felony charges of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

According to an arrest document, the chair at Chief’s pub landed about 3 feet (1 meter) from officers, who spoke with witnesses and checked CCTV footage. Witnesses informed police that they saw Wallen take up a chair, throw it over the roof, and laugh about it. Wallen was arrested early on April 8 and later freed.

“I didn’t feel comfortable checking in publicly until I had made apologies with some people. I’ve contacted Nashville police enforcement, my family, and the friendly staff at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my actions, and I accept responsibility,” Wallen stated on X (previously Twitter).

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

Wallen, one of the most well-known artists in contemporary country music, is now on a stadium tour that includes a concert on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.

“I have the greatest regard for the cops who labor every day to keep us all safe. “There will be no changes to my tour,” his reply read, signed “-MW.”

The “One Thing at a Time” album topped the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks in 2023 and was the best-selling album in the United States last year. The top ten successes from the album included “Last Night,” “You Proof,” and “Thinkin’ Bout Me.”

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

In 2021, the country artist was suspended indefinitely by his label when a video surfaced showing him uttering a racial slur. He was arrested in 2020 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being booted out of Kid Rock’s downtown Nashville bar.

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