New Yorkers Can’t Get Enough Of Female Authors

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After all the much needed recent debate over the respect (or more often, lack thereof) our culture tends to give to female authors, some genuinely welcome news: according to the New York Public Library’s list of 2013’s most frequently checked-out books, books written  by women are burning up the charts (insofar as books can be considered to “burn up the charts.”)

Seven out of the top ten most popular adult fiction titles were written by women with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl leading the pack, and Lean In was the top non-fiction title of the year.  Full list (and vague sense of comfort with the trajectory of our culture) below:

  • Top Circulating Adult Fiction Titles in 2013

    1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
    2. “The Casual Vacancy” by J. K. Rowling
    3. “Inferno” by Dan Brown
    4. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini
    5. “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns” by Lauren Weisberger
    6. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel
    7. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James
    8. “A Wanted Man” by Lee Child
    9. “Fifty Shades Freed” by E L James
    10. “The Sins of the Mother” by Danielle Steel

    Top Circulating Adult Nonfiction Titles in 2013

    1. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg
    2. “Let’s Explore Diabetes” with Owls by David Sedaris
    3. “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor
    4. “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
    5. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
    6. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
    7. “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss
    8. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
    9. “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife” by Eben Alexander, M.D.
    10. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

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