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January 2, 2009

Amazon's Best (Man) Books of 2008

We noticed something interesting about Amazon.com's list of Editors' Picks for the 100 best books of 2008.

Out of the top ten books on the list...
  1. The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
  2. Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
  3. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
  4. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (Oprah Book Club #62) by David Wroblewski
  6. The Likeness: A Novel by Tana French
  7. Serena: A Novel by Ron Rash
  8. So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel by Leif Enger
  9. The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
  10. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu
...only one is written by a woman. And there are only three books by women in the top 25, five in the top 35, and 27 in the full top 100 (including one book co-written by a woman and a man). Now, we're not suggesting that every list of this type has to have perfect 50/50 gender parity, but these numbers seem kinda skewed to us. Somehow we really doubt that 2008 was just an 'off year' for women writers, so we're forced to conclude that this list can suck it, and also that we need to make more reading lists in 2009.

If you're in the mood for some slightly less manly suggestions to add to your reading list for the new year, here are some resources:

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