Amazon Data Shows No One Wants to Be Hufflepuff: Critical Linking, June 27, 2017

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Nobody wants to be in the Harry Potter House Hufflepuff, Amazon made it official today, as it released fresh data about the UK’s buying habits of all things Potter to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bloomsbury).

Its data showed the franchise’s scarlet-and-gold Gryffindor merchandise was 11 times more popular with customers than Hufflepuff products. After Gryffindor, Slytherin’s green-and-silver products came in second, Ravenclaw third and Hufflepuff fourth.​

Hufflepuffs make the world go ’round, though.

This morning, Oprah Winfrey announced her latest selection for “Oprah’s Book Club” ― and it’s as topical as it is gripping. Behold the Dreamers is a powerful novel by 36-year-old Imbolo Mbue, whose own experience as an immigrant from Cameroon is woven through a tale of Jende and Neni Jonga, a couple from Central Africa who come to America believing it will grant all their wishes.

New Oprah Book Club pick! 

Sherman Alexie is not — and has never been — the Indian you expect. He thrives when he pisses people off. “I am the author of one of the most banned and challenged books in American history and that makes me giddy with joy,” he writes in You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. “But, all in all, I am most gleeful about inciting the wrath of other Indians.”

Excellent profile of Sherman Alexie.

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