Thursday, November 12, 2009

No Women In Top Ten List?

With hundreds of great books opting for the coveted "Top Ten" spot on any book list, chance are something will be neglected, and not make the list. When Publishers Weekly released their Best Books for 2009, though, they may have stopped too soon. There are no winning books by female authors. Ten top books of the year, all written by men...?

In their selection criteria, Publishers Weekly's 11/02/09 news item states: "We ignored gender and genre and who had the buzz. We gave fair chance to the “big” books of the year, but made them stand on their own two feet. It disturbed us when we were done that our list was all male."

Let's make it a point to buy the books further down the list written by women, like those who almost made the list:

Dark Places
Gillian Flynn (Crown/Shaye Areheart)

The Man in the Wooden Hat
Jane Gardam (Europa)

The Believers
Zoƫ Heller (Harper)

and in non-fiction:
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan)

Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape
Edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti (Seal)

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