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MARCH 21, 2011
The Good Title
A week or so ago I did a little rant dance about all the books with tiger in the title. I'm still having trouble getting those tigers out of my mind but another title word is strongly vying for my attention. 

Good! Yes, good, I say. A plain and simple four letter word I've been hearing since I wasn't one or what I should be, as a little girl. Good! Just what does this mean when used in a title? Merriam Webster has several meanings. Suitable, fit, agreeable, pleasant, well-behaved, better, best. All these definitions sound good

The good psychologist : a novel / Noam Shpancer.
What good thing or deed did the psychologist do to earn his wings? According to the summary I read, the psychologist takes on a new client, an exotic dancer with anxiety problems that keep her off the stage. As the psychologist treats her, he becomes awfully involved and professional boundaries are crossed. Sounds like the bad psychologist to me! 

Try this one out...The Good Divorce by Raoul Felder, Barbara Victor. I saw this one today and couldn't help but thinking "what is good about divorce"? Maybe if one or the other partner is a creep, the divorce could be good. Or maybe, if the two divorcing people can maintain a friendship after the divorce, that's good. Here's the answer from the horse's mouth, or the publisher blurp in this case "Celebrity divorce lawyer Felder draws from his experience to show readers how to avoid an acrimonious divorce and move on with life. He uses his expert knowledge to suggest how to make divorce more fair, civilized, and painless." Painless, fair, civilized, how good can it get! 

Then there was The Good Son by Michael Gruber. The annotation of this one describes it as a thriller about a group of peace activists who are being held hostage in Pakistan.The reviews leads me to believe that someone's son, in this case a boy named Theo, will be the hero to save the hostages. Well, that sounds good

Joyce Maynard keeps the women in the picture with The Good Daughters. I thought some lucky family was fortunate enough to have double the goodness but this was not to be as the daughters here are not sisters, just born in the same hospital on the same day. Ruth and Dana, the good daughters are not exactly bad but certainly give their parents a run for their money while growing up. Starred reviews from Booklist promise this one to be a good pick! 

Man's best friend gets in the act with Good old dog : expert advice for keeping your aging dog happy, healthy, and comfortable by the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I'm not certain here if the dog is good or the advice is good to keep your good ol' dog healthy. Keeping you older dog happy and fit can't be bad so I guess that's good. And the dog on the cover is sure cute. 

Moving right along here's one I wish I could have put under my parent's radar when I was young. The curse of the good girl : raising authentic girls with courage and confidence by Rachel Simmons exposes the myth of the Good Girl once and for all. I don't see a counterpart called The Curse of the Good Boy but everyone knows boys aren't supposed to be good so no need for anyone to hurry to write this. 

Soon to be published more good books will be The Good Nurse: A True Story by Charles Graeber, The Good House by Veronica Soebarto, Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shereen, and this gem of a title, Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gaitlin. 

That's a wrap and brings me full circle. Good! Just what does that mean?


Have you seen any Good titles in your travels that made you scratch your head and wonder?

Add a comment  (3 comments) posted by CarolK



anon said, on Mar. 22 at 7:51AM
I always got a kick out of the title The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood. Haven't read it but it's on my list.


CarolK said, on Mar. 22 at 1:22PM
Oh, The Good Pig by Sy Montgomery. Odd that I forgot that one as I'm almost finished with Birdology by the same author. I haven't read The Good Pig but I heard it was really - good!


Mercedes said, on Apr. 12 at 10:57AM
The Good Mother always made me do a double take since the description of the book leads one to wonder if the mother really is good. Never read it although it's intrigued me.

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