Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book Titles — Whose are the Best?!

This is something that’s been mulling around in my head for the past few weeks.  I recently read a book by the author, Gail Godwin entitled Queen of the Underworld.  I was attracted to the book because it took place in Miami, FL in 1959 at the time when I, myself, lived as a child in Miami.  From what I read in the book’s blurb the story sounded also potentially appealing.

The book is about Emma Gant, a young journalist fresh out of UNC Chapel Hill and her experiences in her first reporter job at the city’s main newspaper, the Miami Star.  Emma, the central character, is NOT the “queen of the underworld” – it is another character who Emma develops an interest in, and who the reader anticipates is going play a significant role in Emma’s life and in the novel.   This never occurs.   The woman who’s deemed the “queen of the underworld” looms about in the corners of the story yet does not appear until the final pages.  What happened?  The book’s title just doesn’t match the story line.

I’d read a book by author, Gail Godwin, some years back entitled Mr. Bedford and the Muses.  I don’t remember questioning the title of that book.  Actually I rarely question the title of a book.

I began to think about book titles that stand out in my mind as true and memorable.  Who I thought of first and most emphatically is the author, Tom Robbins.  His book title gives you a glimpse into his novel, and depending on your slant of mind, you’re either attracted or repelled about reading the particular book.  Now this is possibly the case with a lot of writers.  It’s just that with Tom Robbins his book titles often capture his style and storyline well.

I actually haven’t read all of Tom Robbins’ novels – at some point I had a hard time finishing one of them and after that didn’t seek out his books anymore.  I still pay some attention to what’s he’s writing for the most part and I still love his book titles!

Books by Tom Robbins (written in order of publication year for the most part):

Another Roadside Attraction

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Still Life with Woodpecker

Jitterbug Perfume

Skinny Legs and All

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

Villa Incognito

Wild Ducks Flying Backward

B is for Beer (this one it turns out is “a children’s book for grown-ups, and a grown-up book for children”)

                      

                         

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Part II — East Coast Tour celebrating Lincoln Highway’s 100th birthday – Photos!

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, after getting lunch in Kingston, NJ (kindly provided by the Kingston Historical Society), a number of people driving cars along Lincoln Highway from New York City to Kearney, NE drove through the capital city of Trenton, New Jersey.  Here is a glimpse of some of these cars in the first day of their 9 day cross-country drive:

The first car to appear – I wish I knew the year & make.
It was just about the oldest of the bunch (also sorry about
the sign pole cutting the car in half!)

The first red convertible…

The second red convertible ~

1970s Lincoln Continental

1918 Dodge Brothers Army Staff Touring Car

A contemporary car & there were actually several of these.  It looked as if people were free to drive whatever car they believed would be able to successfully make the cross country trip on Lincoln Highway.

It turns out there weren’t as many cars in this first leg of LH’s East Coast tour as I expected — maybe between 20-25 cars.  Since this was only the first day, my guess is that other cars would be joining the tour along the way.  The estimate of participating cars was actually 40-45 for the East Coast segment of this LH centennial drive.