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.

Elizabeth Berg
Chris Bohjalian
Kim Edwards
Karen Joy Fowler
Patricia Gaffney
Ann Hood
Sue Miller
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Luanne Rice
Anita Shreve

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?


Anonymous said...

How do you say

Chuck Palahniuk and John Lescroart?

Shantooz said...

"Say How" from the Library of Congress says Lescroart is pronounced something like les-KWAH (they show it as an a with an umlaut which Blogger will not let me reproduce here!).

Chuck Palahniuk's own Web site says his name is pronounced: PAUL-AH-NICK. He has it all in caps like that, so I guess you stress every syllable and say it loudly. :)

Shantooz said...

Sorry, just to self-correct - that was not CP's own Web site but apparently sort of an official fan Web site. Seems authoritative enough to quote here.

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