Women like books. We know this. We know it from the statistics — according to an often cited study by the publishing research firm Bowker, women bought 64 percent of all books sold in 2009 — from the runaway popularity of female book clubs, and from our own lives. Try just mentioning one of your favorite books the next time you’re with a group of female friends. Whether it’s “Little Women,” “The Bell Jar,” or your favorite Judy Blume, someone in the group is almost guaranteed to recognize it and say something along the lines of “god, I looooved that boooook.” Which may devolve – no, evolve – into a conversation about all the books you’ve mutually loved and when you read them and why they moved you at that time in your life. It’ll be an instant “love, loss and what I read” party. Please do try this at home.
Please also see MeaningfulWomen.com’s book review of The End of Illness.