Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of the New York Times’ notable nonfiction books of the year and women

18 Dec

Authors
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Soloman
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism by Jennifer Percy
Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth and translated by Ruth Martin
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke
The Empathy Exam: Essays by Leslie Jamison
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy
The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags by Daphne Merkin
Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for California’s Marriage Equality by Jo Becker
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally
The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh
On Immunity: An Innoculation by Eula Biss
100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl
The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein
This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
Thrown by Kerry Howley
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing

Subjects (as in, if the book is a biography or memoir; applicable to 16 titles)
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (halfway)
The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee

23 out of 50 titles (or 46%) were written by women.  Good job, guys!

However, of the 16 single (or two-subject) titles only 3, or 18% were about women.  All of which were written by women.

Conversely, 6 of the 23 titles (or 26%) written by women were about an individual man.

–your fangirl heroine.

wild-eyed

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