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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Titles

Last week, a former student of mine (@NathAt) tweeted about the number of novels published in 2016 with titles including the word wife:               The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson
                                                                                The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron
                                                                                The California Wife by Kristen Harnisch
                                                                                The Restaurant Critic's Wife by Elizabeth LaBan
                                                                                My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
                                                                                The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan
                                                                                The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay
                                                                                The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn

That got me to brainstorming other titles I’ve read with wife as a key word:
                                                                                The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
                                                                                The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
                                                                                The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
                                                                                The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
                                                                                The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
                                                                                The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
                                                                                The Silent Wife by A. S.  A. Harrison
                                                                                The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith H. Beer

 And this thinking about titles reminded me of a blog post I read a while back:  “Ten Things About Book Titles That Keep Me Up at Night” (http://karingillespie.net/2014/03/12/ten-things-about-book-titles-that-keep-me-up-at-night/).

Coincidentally, The New Yorker also posted a humour piece about book titles last week, “Famous Novels Retitled like Episodes of ‘Friends’” (http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/famous-novels-retitled-like-episodes-of-friends?intcid=mod-latest).