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University of Texas at Dallas

Adult coloring books hit best-seller lists

When Brandon Blaine's teenage daughter was in the hospital, the 43-year-old from Mansfield, Texas, didn't turn to meditation, yoga or therapy for comfort. Instead, he picked up coloring pencils and his daughter's coloring book. "There was some real therapy in doing that while she was in for over a week," says Blaine. Now, one of his creations from that fraught time a teal mehndi-style peacock with a vibrant red-and-pink tail reminds him of what it was like. And that his daughter got better. Adult coloring books have been flying off the presses over the past few months, regularly appearing on best-seller lists for Amazon and Publishers Weekly. Coloring books...