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Subject: Misinterpreted Book Titles
Date Posted: 11/4/2008 1:11 PM ET
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Have you ever made a humorous misinterpretation of a book's contents based on its title?  If so, please share--I'd love to hear them!

When my mother asked me for a birthday gift list, I mentioned Peter Godwin's When a Crocodile Eats the Sun.  It's a memoir of an African family.  My mother says (in all sincerity), "What's that about?  Bush's global warming?"

Not a fan of our lame duck, my mom!

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 3:59 PM ET
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lol!  : D

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 4:16 PM ET
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OK, this is the funniest thing I have read in a long time.  Thank you so much.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:49 AM ET
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There is a book called "Strapless" by Deborah Davis and if you didn't know you might think it's a porn book or something.  But actually it's a nonfiction book about a painting from artist John Singer Sargent.

Subject: Hot and Bothered
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:48 AM ET
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Not a sexual book.  Just some mindless chic lit.  Very funny though.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:50 AM ET
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There used to be a used bookstore who persisted in putting Dorothy Dunnett's "The Lymond Chronicles" in the romance section!  I always wondered what happened when someone who thought they would go home and curl up with a good historical romance and got a history lesson instead!  I enjoyed the series, but  definitely wouldn't all them a romance!  

(I just put Strapless by DDavis on my WL!!  Sounds fascinating!)


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Date Posted: 11/12/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I do love some of those chick lit titles!  :o)

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 3:19 PM ET
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This is what happens when you buy a book without looking at the description (I did this at our library book sale a couple of weeks ago)

Book: Mary, The Unauthorised Biography

(Hmmm, I think, I would love to read another book about Mary, Queen of Scots~!) Plus it is a beautiful hardcover in excellent condition. I pop the book into my bag without a second glance.

Pay for books (what a great deal . . . most books are 3/$1.00~!)

Get home. Fondly start to look over my purchases. (Again congratulating myself on my great deals)

Look at the Mary book . . . the image on the cover is definitely not Mary, Queen of Scots. It looks like Mary, Jesus's mother. Well, that's okay I am always looking to expand my knowledge of the bible! Then I open the book and read the inside flap. This is what it says . . .

Mary's biography is a gross deception, invented by the early Christian movement. Mary was brought up in a society with strongly pagan leanings. Jesus was probably the product of a sexual rite honoring a pagan mother goddess, in whose service Mary had been initiated . . . 

Dang . . . not at all what I thought I bought~! For anyone who finds this book description interesting, this book is now on my shelf :-)

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 6:13 PM ET
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Many years ago while reading about book banning attempts I came across this - A blue-nosed patron wanted to ban the book Making It With Mademmoiselle based only on the title. It seemed like such a "dirty" book even though it was a collection of sewing paterns taken from the magazine!!