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Stephen Colbert Talks New Book, Makes Fun Of Genres (VIDEO)

06/01/2012 01:56 pm ET

Stephen Colbert's Maurice Sendak-inspired "I Am a Pole (And So Can You)," a new children's book parody about a personified pole finding its purpose in life, is expectedly topping sales charts, but not in the genres you'd assume.

The talk show host poked fun at The New York Times and Publisher's Weekly for placing his satire on lists such as Advice, How-to, Miscellaneous (New York Times) and Non-Fiction (Publisher's Weekly).

"A pole can’t give you advice, it’s pure fantasy," Colbert jested.

[Colbert's book is] decidedly not a children’s book, and more in the vein of social satire, not unlike Go to F***k to Sleep, which was also on PW’s adult nonfiction list. In any event, in our editors' estimation, I Am a Pole has just the requisite amount of truthiness to confirm its place on our nonfiction list, right there with the work of Colbert’s Papa Bear, Bill O’Reilly.

How would you classify "I Am a Pole (And So Can You)"?

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