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Men Aren't Pulling Their Weight

On NPR (“Why Women Read More Than Men“), Eric Weiner explains why Hemingway is Chick Lit:

When it comes to fiction, the gender gap is at its widest. Men account for only 20 percent of the fiction market, according to surveys conducted in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

By this measure, “chick-lit” would have to include Hemingway and nearly every other novel, observes Lakshmi Chaudhry in the magazine In These Times. “Unlike the gods of the literary establishment who remain predominately male – both as writers and critics – their humble readers are overwhelmingly female.”

My household proves an exception to this trend: my wife prefers nonfiction, while the boys and I prefer our stories to be made up. (Marya also knows more about plumbing and electrical than me, too.) But I’ll never understand why most people don’t enjoy a lot of both, despite having a favorite.

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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