It Is a Man’s World

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 nonfiction list that will be published this coming Sunday.  Well, at least one of O'Reilly's books has fallen off the list, but I cannot say the new entries are much of an improvement.  Anyway, books about men are three times as likely to show up on the list than books about women.  You can make of that whatever you wish.

Knopf leads the number of titles in the nonfiction category with three.  Crown Archetype, Holt, Howard Books, Penguin Press, and Viking each have 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: 263
  • Total number of numbers in titles: 0
  • Correlation between length of title and rank on list: -0.18 (weak correlation)
  • Longest title length: 27 letters, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  • Shortest title length: 6 letters, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell, Cooked by Michael Pollan
  • Ratio of consonants to vowels (excluding the letter "Y"): 1.76:1
  • Number of times the letter "Y" appears: 9
  • Correlation between consonant to vowel ratio and rank on list: 0.10 (weak correlation)
  • Mean number of words in titles: 2.7
  • Maximum number of words in titles: 5
  • Minimum number of words in titles: 1
  • Correlation between number of words and rank on the list: -0.33 (moderately weak correlation)
  • Most frequently used letter: E; 32 times
  • Least frequently used letters: J, Q, Z; 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"): 3
  • Number of books with multiple authors: 6
  • Number of authors with middle name: 3
  • Number of authors with two middle names: 0
  • 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: 7
  • Biggest move up since last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 3 positions; 1 book
  • Biggest drop since last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 4 positions; 1 book
  • Number of books that stayed in the same position: 1
  • Number of books that rose from last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 4
  • Number of books that dropped from last week (from books that were in the top twenty both weeks): 6
  • Number of cheaters (bulk buyers): 0
  • New entries or reentries: 9
  • Longest time on chart: 132 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: 2
  • 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: 5
  • Number of books with both positive and negative words: 1
  • Most frequently used words in titles: the - 8; happy - 3; in - 2
  • Number of titles employing alliteration: 2
  • Number of titles with masculine words: 0
  • Number of titles with feminine words: 0
  • Number of New York Times descriptions with masculine words: 3
  • Number of New York Times descriptions with feminine words: 1

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