This week there are a few standout niches. They are, primarily, books on the Second World War, and Cowboy fiction. In addition, there are also some books on True Crime, Science and Technology, and Biographies that are doing well, but they are not selling as high numbers as the first two niches.
The books on the Second World War are pretty varied, there are some books which are analyses of the military side of things. Some focusing on a single battle or weapon that they declare to be influential. There is also a lot of interest in spies and people working in the subtler forms of warfare. But over all there seems to be a bigger interest in books about the tragic victims of the war, particularly those who suffered in concentration camps. There are multiple books about and, in some cases, by young women who lived and died in these places. There are also several books about those who worked in the factories making weaponry, some of whom faced horrible health issues because of what they went through.
Cowboy fiction is also very popular this week, particularly the male dominated and focused niches. The main protagonist tends to be a hard as nails, grizzled cowboy, often a sheriff or bounty hunter, on the hunt for a clear villain who is just looking for a chance to use as much violence as they can upon any innocent victims that get in their way. Outside of this niche there are also some Western Romance novels, and a few books about the real lives of the people of that era. But most of the interest seems to be on the romanticised narratives in the novels.
In some ways, the True Crime novels that are doing particularly well are built on similar lines to the most popular Cowboy novels. They are books about extremely violent men (almost entirely) who leave a trail of victims in their wake who are easily empathised with by the readers. They are often in more urban areas, with cities and suburbs particularly popular. The victims and perpetrators also tend towards being higher up the social strata. This is generally used as a reason to point out that this sudden violence is completely unexpected and not the norm in their community.
Books on the History of Science and Technology is also a very popular niche this week. Medical Science is being read a lot this week, with The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore, and Women Under the Knife: A History of Surgery, by Kate Dally, both cover this subject in depth with a particular look at women. There are also many books on particular scientific discoveries or famous items.
Biographies are particularly popular this week, there are several from earlier American History that are doing very well. These tend towards either very famous military leaders, or to people that were an important part of famous events, even if they were not the victims or perpetrators, but perhaps slightly off screen. There are also several books about famous people from Europe, particularly noble and royal people.
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