Amazon, I Think You Miscategorized This Book…

Yesterday, I revealed that the first selection in my new book club would be Candace R. M. Gorham‘s The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking out on Religion — and Others Should Too.

Perhaps because of that mention, it did pretty decently on Amazon yesterday. In fact, last night, it was ranked in the top 10!

Well, at least in one particular category…

Walking. Because black women are walking out on religion.

Nice job, Amazon.

I guess it won’t be long before Richard Dawkinsnew memoir cracks the bestsellers list in the Food section…

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • cryofly

    Nope, Amazon is right. Walking out of religion is good for the heart. It is indeed an exercise. A form of dieting by avoiding eating things that do not exist or is imaginary. Amazon is brilliant, for it can see deep into the soul of a book for it’s true meaning. Cheers!

  • Kristen Douglas

    Candace is awesome, and her book is a much-needed read for many women, black or other. I had the pleasure of interviewing her yesterday for a graduate school class I’m taking, and love that we live close and can hang out with others who are like-minded. I’m glad she’s doing well – even in the “walking and exercise” section LOL

  • mywall

    Not surprising since amazon basically lets algorithms run most of their site.

    Another good example that’s been floating around recently is that Frankie Boyle’s (Scottish comedian, possibly offensive) next book is the #1 biography of Jesus.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/books/759132/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_4_last

  • sk3ptik0n

    Every time I buy something from Amazon, I get ads all over the place for the very item I just purchased or a competitors’ offer (but mostly the very same item).

    I don;t think their algorithm is supposed to waste advertisers money on customers that already bought an item.

    • Rob U

      That or you get ads for stuff you looked up. My nieces and nephew love Barbie and Blue’s Clues, every time I look them up on Amazon I’m inundated for weeks with ads trying to get me to buy the stuff I just looked up.

      Its even more funny when they push to the top of the list some long out of print item that’s being sold by a 3rd party for several hundred dollars!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, TOWAN

    silly amazon.

  • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

    At least in the abstract, I’d be curious to know whether there is a correlation among African Americans of weight to religiosity. Looking at Google Scholar, there seems to be some support from the 1980s and 1990s indicating the religious tended to be more often overweight, though not correlated to a corresponding impact on health. However, there’s not much followup work, so it’s not clear how solid and sustained the correlation is.

    The misfire of a Baysian network can sometimes accidentally start investigation leading to discovery of actual connections. Maybe it’s a form of serendipity.

  • Vliediediet Von Vunstughen

    “..the food section”
    Hahahahaha you crack me up Hemant!!
    Needed a laugh today – thanks.


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