Monday, June 30, 2008

Gender Gap

We talked last week about which books are marketed toward women and which are for men. Here is the Sunday Times bestseller list, marked in pink, blue, or yellow (gender ambiguous). I'm curious to see how it'll go. I'm judging solely upon the brief descriptions beneath each title. (Clearly women can be interested in zombies and men can be interested in finding true love. I'm not interested in making a point about gender interests, but in the gender gap in the book market.) If this is interesting, I'll post next week's, too:

1 FEARLESS FOURTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin’s, $27.95.) Stephanie Plum and her boyfriend Joe Morelli become involved when his cousin’s bank robbery goes bad. 1
2 SAIL, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A sailing vacation turns into a disaster when someone attempts to destroy a family. 1 2
3 THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown, $25.99.) Aliens have taken control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but one woman won’t surrender. 3 7
4 CHASING HARRY WINSTON, by Lauren Weisberger. (Simon & Schuster, $25.95.) Three glamorous friends, New York women nearing 30, vow to change their lives. 6 4
5 LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH, by Emily Giffin. (St. Martin’s, $24.95.) A woman’s happy marriage is shaken. 5 6
6 NOTHING TO LOSE, by Lee Child. (Delacorte, $27.) Jack Reacher exposes the secrets of a Colorado town. 2 3
7 PLAGUE SHIP, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. (Putnam, $26.95.) Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must determine what happened on a cruise ship full of dead bodies. 4 3
8 THE BROKEN WINDOW, by Jeffery Deaver. (Simon & Schuster, $26.95.) Detectives Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs confront a criminal who frames innocent people. 7 2
9 THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski. (Ecco, $25.95.) A mute takes refuge with three dogs in the Wisconsin woods after his uncle murders his father. 14 2
10 * NO CHOICE BUT SEDUCTION, by Johanna Lindsey. (Pocket Books, $25.) Sir Anthony Malory’s daughter is kidnapped, with repercussions for Katey and Boyd Anderson. 1
11 THE BEACH HOUSE, by Jane Green. (Viking, $24.95.) A woman’s life changes when she rents out rooms in her Nantucket house. 1
12 * ODD HOURS, by Dean R. Koontz. (Bantam, $27.) Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, confronts evil forces in a California coastal town. 8 5
13 MARRIED LOVERS, by Jackie Collins. (St. Martin’s, $26.95.) An affair between a beautiful personal trainer and a producer married to Hollywood royalty leads to murder. 9 2
14 SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) A woman finds an unexpected love. 10 8
15 THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein. (Harper, $23.95.) A Lab-terrier mix with great insight into the human condition helps his owner, a struggling race car driver. 13 5
16 * BLOOD NOIR, by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley, $25.95.) The vampire hunter Anita Blake is involved in a scandal that threatens the master vampire Jean-Claude’s power. 12 4

5 comments:

mrs. sarah ott said...

i found this pretty interesting. and funny that i'd never really attributed this gap to consciousness but it definetly exists, as i give it more attention. my husband and i do find it rather challenging to find a book we can read together and we both read lots of books. gender neutral books for us lean more toward the classics. although we both appreciate trendy artsy memoirs of journalists and food critics. anyway, i like your post. its something to chew on.

Kay Arr said...

Thank you so much, Mrs. Sarah Ott. I'm glad you and your husband read classics (as well as trendy artsy memoirs of journalists - what good stuff!).

What have you read recently?

mrs. sarah ott said...

together, most recent was Nick Adams Stories from Hemingway. And right now, Jason is reading me Three Cups Of Tea. Well he is reading it for himself but he pretty much ends up reading it to me too, lol. i guess its a good book if you keep sharing passages to your wife lol. and right now, i'm personally reading Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Kay Arr said...

That's funny - I'm reading Three Cups of Tea right now as well. I think it's a good story, but I find it's utterly putdownable. Once I've closed it, I can wait to pick it up again. How do you like Penelopiad? I met Atwood last fall - she's a brilliant speaker.

mrs. sarah ott said...

haha, yah we can't put it down either. like pretty much shucking corn and reading at the same time. how does that work? lol. anyway, i love the Penelopiad. I dont know if you read my last post but it was a fateful encounter, I'd say, discovering the book. she's by far my favorite author, i'm very excited to finish it. and quite envious you had the chance to meet her. ican only imagine. : )