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Subject: Titles you wish you had written
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Have you ever read a title so sublime and evocative that you wish you had written it? I came across one just today in my new issue of Bookmarks Magazine. I already have the author's first book on my WL as well as this one: "The Eaves of Heaven" by Andrew X. Pham. I just LOVE that title! What titles (not necessarily books!) do you love?
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Really? No one? I guess I AM the biggest word nerd on the planet.
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 10:45 PM ET
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I don't know about sublime, but a couple books I just had to read because of their titles were "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" "An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England" (although Arsonists wasn't that good).

Other great titles are "Gone With the Wind" "The Phantom of the Opera" "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" "And Then There Were None" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:16 PM ET
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Yeah, not all good titles are necessarily sublime but every once in a while, one really speaks to me, you know? I just love it when words evoke an avalanche of imagery. Or maybe just a good chuckle. :)
Date Posted: 8/21/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I really liked the title Confessions of A Dangerous Mind, the supposed autobiography of Chuck Barris (of The Gong Show).  Unfortunately, the book itself did NOT live up to the title, in my opinion.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I love hearing the stories of how titles came to be - so I guess I'm glad I didn't make them up, since then there wouldn't be a new story!  Like: "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" came from a wartime Japanese manual advising its citizens how to act when the Americans bombed them.  So it's like an advisory - "When you are engulfed in flames, move quickly to the nearest exit" (or whatever they advise you do).  I just learned that today! 

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/21/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Cold Sassy Tree

The Secret History

A False Sense of Well-Being

(Must confess I also loved the covers of those 3 books!  I know, I know ... can't judge a book , etc etc, but each of the above books was terrific!)


Date Posted: 8/21/2008 3:54 PM ET
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First, I love Bookmarks magazine!  I so look forward to their new issues.  The Eaves of Heaven sounds like a good book - I first put the author's first memoir on my WL, I think it's called Mandala & Catfish

One book title I love that comes to mind is At Play in the Fields of the Lord

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Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Through a Glass Darkly comes to mind. Also Arsenic and Old Lace, although I guess that's actually a play.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Recently, I purchased a serial novel at a FOL sale. It is titled Naked Came the Manatee. Among those contributing to this suspense thriller were Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard and Dave Barry. Need I say more?

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 8:00 PM ET
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A Confederacy of Dunces

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance

Tender is the Night

The Sun Also Rises

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time

For Whom the Bell Tolls

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Look Homeward Angel

The Electric Kool -Aid Acid Test

The Bonfire of the Vanities



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Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Sex, Drugs, and Sausage Rolls

Fandom of the Operator

Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

Raiders of the Lost Car Park

Nostradamus At My Hamster

Island of the Secret Love Nun

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Most of these are on my wish list

Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow - reading it now

Backstage Passes, Backstabbing Bastards

Do Me, Do My Roots

The Zombie Survival Guide - just purchased

Driving with Dead People

Don't Sleep with A Bubba Unless Your Eggs are in Wheelchairs

In Our Hearts We Were Giants

Living Among Headstones


Date Posted: 8/22/2008 7:41 PM ET
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I just finished two very funny books about a young man in theater in NY entitled How I Paid For College and Attack of the Theater People, both by Marc Acito.

Loving musical theater as I do, I wish I'd had the talent to write such hysterical books. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:13 PM ET
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I Cannot Get You Close Enough. 

I honestly don't even know who wrote it, as I never read the book.  It was my mom's book, and in our house things that were waiting to get taken upstairs could be left sitting on the steps for months.  I passed that title every day for an entire summer, and the title just haunted me.  I never read the  book, because I felt that it couldn't possibly live up to the title.