Books for Boys and Girls

It’s a publishing truism that women read more fiction than men, and it’s also pretty clear than certain books or categories of novels appeal more to one gender than another. I tend not to buy books about submarines, for instance, while male fans of Jane Austen are in the minority. But sometimes novels achieve universal gender appeal. I’ve passed most of these along to the men in my family with great success. They tend to have more action and fewer descriptions of meals or clothes than what I think of as “girl books,” but they’re all character-driven and emotionally absorbing.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell      

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

The Brief  Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

About carolwallace

I spend most of my time writing and reading. Most recent publications: the reissue of "To Marry an English Lord,"one of the inspirations for "Downton Abbey," and the historical novel "Leaving Van Gogh." I am too cranky to belong to a book group but I love the book-blogging community.
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