Don't judge a book by its title

Erin Kodicek on July 31, 2020

Don't judge a book by its title

You know the old adage: Don’t judge a book by its cover. But there are some titles that don’t do books much of a favor either, and you might miss out on a great read because of it. Don’t let that happen with the books featured below.

Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

When I recommend this book to people, I can see their eyes glazing over. Who cares about snails, unless they’re drenched in butter or pest repellent. But in this exquisite memoir Elisabeth Tova Bailey details how observing this unlikely, and actually fascinating, creature helped console her when she was struggling with a mysterious illness.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

This is not a book about a spouse who needs to lay off the sauce or get new glasses. Instead, it outlines some of the most confounding and captivating neurological disorders that the late, great Oliver Sacks encountered in his storied career. Applying his trademark optimism and sense of wonder, Sacks highlights these cases in order to celebrate the remarkable resilience of the human body and spirit.   

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

When Blade Runner became a cult classic, many fans (and reportedly even Sean Young, who starred in the film) didn’t realize it was based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Deep thought: The phrase is absent from the book as well, so why did Dick name it that? Discuss.     

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

I mean, why not. What else do we have to do in quarantine besides mind our sourdough starters? We need to have a good laugh, that's what. And it's something you can always count on David Sedaris to provide. In this collection of humorous essays, he will even convince you that colonoscopies aren't as bad as you might think. Maybe.      

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Apparently Delia Owens herself thought that Where the Crawdads Sing was an odd title, but that didn’t stop her from using it, and it certainly didn’t turn off the droves of readers who made it a best seller. Owens drew on her background as a wildlife scientist to write this lyrical and unusual mystery, and if you haven’t read it yet, well that’s a mystery, too.

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