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Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve

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"A statistician uses curiosity and big data to uncover answers to persistent literary questions. ... The result is a lighthearted numerical examination of words that is informative, surprising and funny." --Shelf Awareness "Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patterns ... makes a strong argument." "Blatt's new book reveals surprising literary secrets ... and unexpected anomalies in classic works ranging from James Joyce and Jane Austen to Chuck Palahniuk and E.L. James." --Entertainment Weekly "Blatt doesn't just shine a light on writing, he lets in a whole new area of the electromagnetic spectrum. ... [Blatt] has achieved something impressive with this book. I've read a lot of books about words, but none like this. ... Anyone interested in literature or becoming a better writer will find something to like here." --Mark Peters, Dog Eared blog "Terrific. I recommend it heartily." --Forbes "A super fun book for lit nerds ... [a] wonderful addition to any book-lovers' TBR pile." --Literary Hub, One of the Lit Hub's "Best Books About Books" "Brilliant" --The Boston Globe "A hell of a lot of fun ... There's something cheeky in the way Blatt throws genre best-sellers into his statistical blender alongside literary lions and hits puree, looking for patterns of style shared by, say, James Joyce and James Patterson." --NPR "This is really the most delicious kind of rabbit hole ... If you're a writer, you won't be able to resist it. If you know a writer, give this as a gift and find yourself adored. ... It can be dipped into like a squirrel's nut hoard, enjoyed a quick nibble at a time, or dived into headfirst, one fascinating tidbit leading to the next to the next to the next. " --Publishers Weekly, Shelf Talker column "Book-lovers will delight in Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve ... accessible, entertaining, and enlightening." --Bustle "Lively ... worthwhile ... Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of some very interesting things to come." --The Times (London) "Delivers a statistical study of literature in the vein of Freakonomics ... [Blatt] approaches the subject with the right mix of humor, hand-holding and literary love ... yield[s] insights which would be impossible to recognize on their own." --Paste Magazine "Fascinating ... the book had me humming with pleasure." --The Sunday Times "Nate Silver-esque number crunching meets the canon in this quirky, arresting deconstruction of literature's greatest hits." --O, The Oprah Magazine "Enlightening" --Wall Street Journal "Ben Blatt's delightful book gives us an original big data perspective on great writers' work. Its humor, insights, and statistical displays are fasci-nating to behold, even as it helps us develop our own writing." --Carl N. Morris, Professor Emeritus of Statistics, Harvard University "[A] fun and interesting book ... his breezy and engaging volume fulfills its promise to provide the reader with an appreciation or deeper understanding of an author or favorite writer ... and alerts the writer to the trends, patterns and uses of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in one's own writing." --New Romanticist "It was statisticians, rather than historians, who cracked the centuries-old mystery of the Federalist Papers--and they did it with mere paper and pencil. Operating in the same investigative spirit--and with the benefit of vastly more powerful tools--Ben Blatt probes the literary canon for unexpected revelations and insights. The result is a literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing." --Brian Christian, co-author of Algorithms to Live By "What fun this is! Ben Blatt's charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs, and whether Americans write 'more loudly' than the British. (Spoiler: WE DO!!!)" --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong "Amiable and intelligent ... literature enthusiasts will enjoy the hypotheses [Blatt] poses and his imaginative methods." --Publishers Weekly "Illuminating entertainment ... Literary criticism by the numbers." --Kirkus Reviews

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