Thursday, January 17, 2013

Books to look for in 2013

The Millions have done a round up of books to watch for this year so let the listmaking begin! Here's betting many of these titles will show up on our website sooner or later. Included are an unpublished book by Maurice Sendak, a collection by the always gripping George Saunders, the complete stories of Truman Capote, a new novel by Olive Kitteridge's Elizabeth Strout, and Jamaica Kincaid's first novel in a decade. 
The book titles below will not be showing up in 2013, but maybe they'll elicit a laugh or two. They're from the ongoing efforts of readers to outdo themselves at the website Better Book Titles.
Covers pictured: Howard's End, Inherit the Wind, Antigone, Carrie, The Great Gatsby, The Tale of Genji, The Long Goodbye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Equus, The Red Badge of Courage, Sense & Sensibility, Swann's Way, The Thin Man, This Side of Paradise


  1. Anonymous the GreekJanuary 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Very funny! But where is Antigone? Let me guess: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"!

  2. WILHELM THADDEUS FINKJanuary 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    These are hilarious:) The Jane Austen is oh-so-true!! In keeping with tradition, let's hear some Gleaners' fictional titles... GO!

  3. These are very funny! Thank you! I will have to check out more of these Better Book Titles. I got a very good giggle from the Proust.

  4. WILHELM THADDEUS FINKJanuary 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Possible alternate name for any Billy Collins collection: "More poems about being naked and writing poems."

  5. OK, Thad.
    "The Count of Monte Cristo"..."Time Wounds All Heels."
    "South Beach Diet"..."A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind"

    1. WILHELM THADDEUS FINKJanuary 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Well played, Giaconda! Your wordplay puts me to shame:)

    2. Very Funny! Love "50 Shades of Neigh" lol

    3. Not at all, Thaddeus! You are too modest.

  6. Love the fake book titles!!!

    I was able to check out this years new book releases, really looking forward to reading Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief", and super excited about Marisha Pessl's "Night Film," "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" was an incredible novel. I hope "Night Film" is filled with as many footnotes as Special Topics contained.

  7. God hates facts? Really? You seriously want to go there?

  8. Super Serious ScholarJanuary 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    How about the James Joyce novel - All Alliterations Are Always Aptly Adored and Artistically Appreciated