The Middle Ground Between Chick Lit And Manfiction

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There is a ton of chick lit in the world because those pink covers sell like hotcakes, but as Stephen King points out in his current Entertainment Weekly column, there's still a considerable market for meaty ''manfiction.'' "Here's a concept so simple it's easy to miss," King says. "What men want from an Elmore Leonard novel is exactly what women want from a Nora Roberts novel — escape and entertainment." Obviously there are men out there who enjoy a good Terry McMillan, and there are women who die for Elmore Leonard, but King has a point. He names Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Richard Stark, and Lee Child as the current kings of manfiction island. But it made me wonder if there are current popular writers who appeal to men and women equally.The modern writers I can think of off the top of my head who appeal to both genders include Richard Price (I just read his gripping novel Lush Life and it has something for everyone. Guns! Deaths! Mystery! Complex Relationships! Hipsters!) Augusten Burroughs, Jhumpa Lahiri, and though it pains me to admit it, J.K. Rowling. Are there any other current scribes who appeal to man and chick-lit aficionados in equal measure? Stephen King: Who Says Real Men Don't Read? [EW]

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Tara Incognita

Don't be pained; JK Rowling is fun. I know it's part of the Cool People Code to be Unimpressed with Everything, but's a blast.