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‘American Dirt’ Is Proof the
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Posted By: StormCnter, 1/28/2020 7:01:09 AM

Corpus Christi, Tex. — You’ve most likely caught wind of the controversy surrounding Jeanine Cummins’s newly published novel “American Dirt.” In it, Lydia Quixano Pérez, a Mexican bookseller, finds herself fleeing to the United States with her son Luca, pursued by an obsessed drug cartel boss. The telenovela plot is a pastiche of stereotypes and melodramatic tropes of the sort one might expect from an author who did not grow up within Mexican culture, from a massacre at a quinceañera to the inexplicable choice of a relatively wealthy woman to leap onto La Bestia, a gang-controlled train — rather than just take a plane to Canada. Despite the multiple cultural inaccuracies

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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter 1/28/2020 7:08:55 AM (No. 300168)
Further discussion of "American Dirt" from the Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/ct-books-biblioracle-american-dirt-0202-20200127-4ckdclu7zbgy3cfgdg43ovwqru-story.html And from Slate: https://slate.com/culture/2020/01/american-dirt-book-controversy-explained.html
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Reply 2 - Posted by: worried 1/28/2020 7:28:35 AM (No. 300179)
It must be only stories about Mexicans that you rail about. Never a word about how bad both Obamas' books were, or crying about the 7 figure advances they got. Do you think this is supposed to be based on facts? Gosh, it's only fiction, and any author of it can write whatever scenario they want. Oh, yeah! You write for the NY Slimes, and are used to regarding fiction (fake news) as fact.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kitty Myers 1/28/2020 7:51:39 AM (No. 300195)
According to the Chicago link #2 posted, "Cummins ... (snip) ... has a film version in the works with Clint Eastwood’s production company." I wonder how it will be treated as an Eastwood film?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read 1/28/2020 8:01:30 AM (No. 300205)
The wokesters aren't happy to have ruined music, TV, movies and stand up comedy. Now they have to ruin books. I am so happy that I have independent writers like Kurt Schlichter and Larry Correia to turn to for entertainment.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche 1/28/2020 8:28:12 AM (No. 300235)
"..consulting with her predominantly Latinx staff..." I stopped caring after that.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFNader 1/28/2020 8:48:31 AM (No. 300252)
As if I would start my day out reading anything from any of the sources that OP has so ungraciously tossed over the transom.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lawsy0 1/28/2020 10:04:06 AM (No. 300353)
Maybe it was meant to be a parody.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 1/28/2020 10:22:03 AM (No. 300374)
It's sad but the book publishing industry has suffered the same fate as our institutions of higher learning, a complete takeover by liberal Northeastern idiots. I have been publishing for decades and if a book does not fit the lib guidelines, it does not get past the first reading. If you want to gush about some celebrity, new-age idiot or democrat, your chances of making it to print are very good. Books by the Hollyweirds, the Obamas and the Clintons were all horrible, sophomoric drivel and not even written by them but the advances are huge, the advertising is intense, with publishers knowing that the bargain bin will soon be filled with them but the purpose of money laundering has been fulfilled.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYBruin 1/28/2020 11:32:02 AM (No. 300451)
Anyone who buys a book based on Oprah Winfrey's recommendation gets what they deserve.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Aubreyesque 1/28/2020 11:38:53 AM (No. 300460)
There are science fiction/fantasy authors who have been experiencing this hollowing out for a decade now. Look what happened to the Hugo awards. A group of libertarian/conservative authors made a list of finalists for the Hugo awards and the Leftists on the panel got mad about it and so shut down the award entirely, all because the Libertarian/conservative authors were favored by readers. Look up authors at Baen Publishing if you want a good story.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chuzzles 1/28/2020 11:48:11 AM (No. 300478)
As the Bruce Willis character would say in Die Hard, 'welcome to the party pal!' The industry has long been held hostage by the gatekeepers of the Left. they aren't interested in publishing good and readable books, they are more interested in spreading their filthy and immoral propaganda as widely as possible. One of the worst areas is SF/Fantasy. That is truly where the deviancy of the Left resides.
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