Thursday, May 5, 2011

Title Love

Over the course of this week I've randomly stumbled upon a number of hilarious titles that I just adore and had to share. Tell me what you think and what titles you're loving this week.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

This is a title love but clearly since Rob is on the cover it qualifies as cover love too. Here's what it's about: A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee

Here's what it's about: Ace Jones needs a vacation, but she's not going to get it. What she gets is a dose of scandalous small town politics that takes her on a quest for truth and redemption. In the meantime, the love of her life shows up 3 years after a bad breakup. Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is as adventurous as it is entertaining as Ace and her friends delve into illegal surveillance, stalking, and covert ops.

A Bitch Called Karma by WM Boham

Here's what it's about: Rock legend Brant Torn has hit bottom. After enjoying the spoils of a successful career of wine, women and song, he finds the industry he helped to create has moved on without him. When nothing goes according to plan, he decides the best thing to do would be to retire and enjoy the freedom he’s always dreamed of and disappear. 6 years has passed and he’s ready to make a comeback. Unfortunately, he has to convince both his band and the world why he still relevant. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy the second time around. Mikki Reese was once the darling of the music publication and literary world. She is best known for her golden touch of launching new careers, as well as her charming ways of getting even the most untrusting of celebrity to spill their secrets; in and out of bed. Lost in the grips of a drug and alcohol addiction, Mikki goes too far and finds she’s been ostracized from the industry she once ruled. After cleaning up in rehab, she has to begin all over again. In a dream world where high fashion, public adoration, media gossip, substance abuse, and sycophantic overindulgence can kill, this is a story about a good girl who is deep in recovery from the downfall of successful career needing stability and love. Brant Torn is seen as a broken man offering anything but these qualities. Together however, they find that two wrongs seem to make things quite right. Karma can be seen as a negative payback; however, it can also mean a chain of positive events that can act as a rescue if one is lucky enough to recognize those events. Together these two find the hardest job in the world is allowing fate to take over and accept that happiness that Bitch called Karma offers.

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage
by comedian Sarah Silverman

Rather than include the brief summary of the book here's the letter to readers from the author:
Dear Reader:

My name is Sarah Silverman. I was once primarily known for saying the word "poop" and getting paid above market rates for it. But those days are over, because I am now going to be known for having written a book. Why did I write a book, you might wonder? Because it just seemed like the right time to be getting into the publishing industry.

I'm kidding. Publishing is rotting like an abandoned possum carcass on the shoulder of I-95. I know that for a fact, because shortly after my book deal was announced, I kept hearing people lament the imminent demise of literature. These days there is only one reason to write a book: to be taken seriously. And that is exactly what is about to happen to me. I'm an author now! Like Ernest Hemingway and Fyodor Dostoevsky!

When I was asked to provide text for an author page, I decided to approach it in a scholarly manner, because that's what authors do. I looked to other author pages for inspiration, and I learned so much. For example, while Hemingway and Dostoevsky do not have their own author pages on, Paris Hilton does. And so does former teenage porn star and multi-tasking fellatrix, Traci Lords. Hemingway and Dostoevsky might be wondering, quite literally, "Whom do I have to blow to get my own author page?" If someone had a cruel sense of humor, they might respond to Hemingway, "How about your head off? Oh wait – you already DID that!" But such a remark would be in bad taste, and as a serious author, I'm above all that.

I also learned that Paris' dog, Tinkerbell Hilton, has her own book too. I read a few pages and found the prose to be overwrought, but you can imagine that, being a dog, she'd be coming from a place of needing to prove something. By the way, here's a quote from a review of Paris' book that I found on her author page:

"Heiress, socialite, model, actress, singer and media darling Hilton loves her life, knows how to get what she wants and matter-of-factly explains how anyone can be a glamorous, fun-loving, tiara-wearing heiress just like her… [Paris’] advice to 'channel your own inner heiress, create your own image, and project an extreme sense of confidence' is an empowering message for young women."

This was profoundly inspiring to me. It made me realize: if young women can read Hilton's book and become heiresses, they can likewise read my book and become anxiety-ridden bedwetters. And amidst this generation of disposability that favors the digital over the physical, shopping online rather than in stores (oops, this is awkward!), and reading from LCD screens rather than from print on paper, it's nice to know that I will have left a permanent stain by which future generations shall know of my existence. So read The Bedwetter, if not for me, then for the children.

What funny titles have you seen lately?

1 comment:

  1. Being overweight and single has never been so funny! When life gets too serious, laughter is definitely the best medicine. I would love read more about the adventures of Ace, Lilly, and Chloe.