Today In Books


TV Series Of The House On Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros’ classic The House On Mango Street is finally–FINALLY–getting adapted. In part because of all the streaming services and the current immigration discussions in America, Cisneros was on board for an adaptation, which will be produced by Netflix’s Narcos producers: “‘I write because the world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning,’ she said. ‘Television has grown up in the last 20 years and now is the time to tell our stories.’” Yup, I’m crying.

Trailer Time!

Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted was adapted into a film–releasing at Sundance and streaming on Netflix February 21st–starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and directed by Dee Rees. Watch the intense trailer here!

Author Responds To Criticism Of American Dirt

American Dirt and its publicity (They used barbed wire as centerpieces!) are getting fair criticism for being inauthentic, harmful trauma porn written for white non-Latinx readers to feel like they care about immigrants. The author responded to NPR’s questions regarding the important discussions currently happening with the equivalent of a shrug, telling me she doesn’t care about the people she claims to be writing for: “Cummins says she’s aware of her own privilege, her cultural blind spots, and the imbalances in the publishing industry. ‘And that’s not a problem that I can fix, nor is it a problem that I’m responsible for,’ she says. ‘All I can do is write the book that I believe in. And I did that.'” I don’t know, when you’re using the imbalanced publishing industry to skip to the bank knowing the damage you’re causing, you probably have some responsibility in this.