Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Joe Dee Pea Koe
Do you know that song by Gershwin, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," that has the line about... you say Tomato and I say Tomahto...? Well, how do you say Picoult? As in the prolific writer of contemporary novels, Jodi Picoult. The pronunciation of her name confuses the best of us. Thank heavens for audiobooks, radio interviews and the Library of Congress for help with the pronunciation problem. The Say How page at the Libray of Congress web site shows her name as pē-KŌ.
And Jodi pē-KŌ is pretty popular this summer. A movie based on her novel My Sister's Keeper opens June 26. But even without the movie, her novels are never on the shelf. Young adults and book groups devour her writing. She is known for well developed characters dealing with a topical problem and a moral dilemma.
Readers are often asking for an author like Picoult. If you've enjoyed her books, or are just waiting for one to become available, consider these authors in the meantime.
Karen Joy Fowler
Have any authors' names you are wondering how to pronounce? Thoughts about Jodi Picoult's books? What about the casting of Cameron Diaz as the mother of three in My Sister's Keeper?