Book Titles that Came Close – A List

As I’ve said previously, I’m a sucker for book lists.

I came across this on the Morton Grove Public Library website.  They have several lists:

I thought this one was great.

September 2007
Compiled by Sarah Brown, of the Tippecanoe County Public Library, Layfayete, IN, from contributions by the members of Fiction_L.


Butchered Title Requests

A Race Car Named Desire   (“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennesee Williams)

A Thousand Days of Silence   (“One Hundred years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

A Thousand Splendid Sins   (“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini)

All About Cooking   (“It Ain’t All About the Cooking” by Paula Deen)

Anne of the Green Cable   (“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Anti-Gone   (“Antigone” by Sophocles)

Attack of the Trivets   (“Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham)

Bonfire of the Vampires   (“The Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe)

Canary Road   (“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck)

Chicken Noodle Soup   (“Chicken Soup with Rice” by Maurice Sendak)

Chicken Soup for Dummies   (“Chicken Soup for the Soul” series OR “For Dummies” series)

Cream and Berry Tales   (“Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer)

Diuretics   (“Dianetics” by L. Ron Hubbard)

Don’t Let A Pig On a Bus   (“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems)

Eat a Cat   (“Etiquette” by Emily Post)

Ed Who Ate Rats   (“Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles)

Everything’s Over Except for the Yelling   (“All Over But the Shoutin'” by Rick Bragg)

Fire Hydrant 415   (“Fahrenheit 415” by Ray Bradbury)

Flowers for Allergies   (“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes)

Flycatcher   (“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger)

Freddy the Rabit Slept Late   (“Friday the Rabbi Slept Late” by Harry Kemelman)

Funny Farm   (“Animal Farm” by George Orwell)

Harry Potter and the Chamberpot of SEcrets   (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling)

How to Kill a Mockingbird   (“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee)

Huckleberry Finn, by Tom Sawyer   (“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain)

I Left My Heart at Broken Arm   (“Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Alexander Brown)

Jane Erie   (“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte)

Jungle Love   (“Love Among the Savages”)

Lame is Rob   (“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo)

Looking in Honey’s Window   (“Up in Honey’s Room” by Elmore Leonard)

Lord of the Files   (“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding)

Lord of the Rings   (“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding)

Love’s Breasts, by Dr. Susan   (“Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book”)

Make Way for Ducklings A L’orange   (“Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McClowsky)

Mice are Gay   (“My Sergei” by Ekaterina Gordeeva)

Mold Art Effect for Children   (“Mozart Effect” by Don Campbell)

Moonlight in Savannah’s Garden   (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt)

Old Sappy Tree   (“Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns)

Oranges and Peaches   (“The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin)

Oziman’s Prayer   (“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving)

Red Bird in Russia   (“Cardinal in the Kremlin” by Tom Clancy)

Redfern Rose   (“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawles)

Salad at a Bad Cafe   (“Ballad of the Sad Cafe” by Carson McCullers)

Satan in the White House   (“Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson)

Satanic Nurses   (“Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie)

Seed of the Soul   (“Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav)

Silent Ship, Silent Sea   (“Run Silent, Run Deep”)

Sister Yo-Yo’s Holy Secret   (“The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells)

Sixteen Candles   (“19 Minutes” by Jodi Picoult)

Sneaky Caboose   (“Puss ‘n Cahoots” by Rita Mae Brown)

Tequila Mockingbird   (“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee)

Tess of the Ooba-Doobas   (“Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy)

The Angry Raisins   (“The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck

The Best and Worse of Times   (“The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan)

The Canine Mutiny   (“The Caine Mutiny” by Herman Wouk)

The Cat Who Shat   (“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss)

The Hiding Place, by Carrington Boone   (“The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom)

The Lion With the Wardrobe   (“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis)

The Lovely Boner   (“The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold)

The Mousketeer that Roared   (“The Mouse that Roared”)

The Phallic Mosaic   (“The Parsifal Mosaic” by Robert Ludlum)

The Philistine Prophecy   (“The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield)

Scarlett’s Letter   (“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne)

The Secret Life of Pi   (“Life of Pi” by Yann Martel)

The Sources, by some Roger   (“Roget’s Thesaurus”)

Washing Elephants   (“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen)

Water for Buffaloes   (“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen)

Waterford Chocolate   (“Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel)

Waterford Elephants   (“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen)

We All Fall Down   (“Things Fall Apart” by Chinue Achebe)

Weekend at Morries   (“Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom)

What Color is my Umbrella?   (“What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles

Witch, by Rita Flora   (“Sybil” by Flora Rheta Schreiber)

Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked   (“Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out” by Neta Jackson)

Your Erogenous Zones   (“Your Erroneous Zones” by Wayne Dyer

Compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list. This list may not be used for commercial purposes.


2 responses to “Book Titles that Came Close – A List

  1. Good list. Maybe the world needs more hearing aids.

    Pardon me… what? (just kidding). Thanks. I liked your page.

  2. What a great post! I work in a bookstore and hear this kind of thing all the time, but two customers seem to take the cake. Last September, right after school started, a girl of about fifteen or sixteen rushed up to our customer service desk saying she need a book called “Emily” that was required for her English class. “Do you mean Emma? By Jane Austen?” asked my coworker. “No, no, it’s called Emily. I wrote it down” (shows my coworker the note). My coworker pulled a copy of Emma just in case and continued to search for something with Emily in the title while she asked the customer a few other questions. Finally, the customer says, “well, it had a silver cover with this kind-of rainbow design”

    “Wait, do you mean the MLA handbook?” Yep, turns out that’s what it was.

    A similar thing occurred when a high school student asked for “Candy by Vultures” and it turned out to be “Candide” by Voltaire. Gotta love it.

    That’s funny. Thanks.

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