When Men and Women Are Equal

Cooking, dining, and book review magazine The New York Times has kindly allowed us to play around with their best sellers list.  What a gracious old gray lady?  Today we cover the hardcover fiction that will be published this coming Sunday.  No books employ gender words in their titles, but the New York Times descriptions do, and they deploy the gender words equally.

Bantam, Grand Central, Putnam, and Riverhead lead the number of titles in the fiction category with two.  All other publishers on the list only managed to get one book on the top twenty.  All authors had one book on the list.

The titles of the books on the list had the following characteristics:

  • Total number of letters in titles: 245
  • Total number of numbers in titles: 4
  • Correlation between length of title and rank on list: 0.18 (weak correlation)
  • Longest title length: 32 letters, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
  • Shortest title length: 6 letters, 3 books
  • Ratio of consonants to vowels (excluding the letter "Y"): 1.64:1
  • Number of times the letter "Y" appears: 3
  • Correlation between consonant to vowel ratio and rank on list: 0.19 (weak correlation)
  • Mean number of words in titles: 2.6
  • Maximum number of words in titles: 6
  • Minimum number of words in titles: 1
  • Correlation between number of words and rank on the list: 0.22 (moderately weak correlation)
  • Most frequently used letter: E; 32 times
  • Least frequently used letters: B, J, Q, X; 0 times
  • Number of authors whose first name starts with a vowel (excluding the letter "Y"): 1
  • Number of authors whose last name ends in a vowel (excluding the letter "Y"): 5
  • Number of books with multiple authors: 2
  • Number of authors with middle name: 2
  • Number of authors with two middle names: 1
  • Selfishness Index - Number of titles with the words me, my, mine, or I in them: 0
  • Correlation between selfish titles and rank on the list: 0 (no correlation)
  • Number of books with an article in the title: 8
  • Biggest move up since last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 1 position; 1 book
  • Biggest drop since last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 9 positions; 1 books
  • Number of books that stayed in the same position: 2
  • Number of books that rose from last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 1
  • Number of books that dropped from last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 8
  • Number of cheaters (bulk buyers): 0
  • New entries or reentries: 9
  • Longest time on chart: 75 weeks
  • Negative Index - Number of books with the words murder, kill, assassin, die, dark secret, destroy, riot, sinister, prison, crime, permission, restriction, obesity, steal, covert, torture, war, fail, conspiracy, suffer, sad, or loser in The New York Times description: 5
  • Positive Index - Number of books with the words family, love, health, sharp mind, dream, flower, welcome, romance, vacation, hero, success, humor, survive, allegory, treasure, perfect, happy, or winner in The New York Times description: 2
  • Number of books with both positive and negative words: 0
  • Most frequently used words in titles: the - 5; a - 3; of - 2
  • Number of titles employing alliteration: 1
  • Number of titles with masculine words: 0
  • Number of titles with feminine words: 0
  • Number of New York Times descriptions with masculine words: 5
  • Number of New York Times descriptions with feminine words: 5


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