Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Sarah by Any Other Name

It started, as many of my latest adventures have, with an invitation from my daughter, Emma. This time it was to join an online book club-sort of thing, where one writes reviews for the books one has read. It developed into a marathon of attempting to recall the books I have read (having been a voracious reader during various episodes of my life, I envisioned a list of thousands). Emma looked at my list-in-progress and left a note for me that read:
The immediate problem, Mum, is that you haven’t read enough books with titles that contain your first name. Apparently, over the course of my life I’ve read a number of books the titles of which contain my first name. But the list at that point contained a mere six or seven! Them’s fightin’ words, I thought.

Utilizing GoodReads’ search function, I typed in my name and selected a few choice titles. And then, I created a table for all of these titles. Which sadly had to be undone as I had not the wherewithall to turn a table into an image for the sake of displaying a lot of silly inside jokes.

We’re a snarky lot.


Ancient Sisterhood: Lost Traditions Of Hagar & Sarah - I know I’ve got them put away somewhere. I’ll keep looking. How odd.

Dear Sarah Bernhardt - Many a letter addressed to me has included this heading.

Homespun Sarah - We are a SIMPLE people.

Legend of Mother Sarah: Tunnel Town - I always dreamed of helping Harriet Tubman.

Love Me Or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes - ACTUALLY, this one is neither applicable nor appropriate, IMHO. Some people would probably beg to differ. Beg away! *Dramatic sniff*

Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery - I would NEVER tolerate treason! Unless it was to get my children and / or grandchildren to Canada or Mexico asap so they aren’t sent into a pointless farce of a war, in which case I’m first in line, baby.

Plenty: A Collection of Sarah McLachlan's Favorite Recipes - Sarahs believe in good eating.

S.A.R.A.H. - Give me an S! ...

Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations Of Comfort & Joy - I love the comfort and joy part, and the thought of reviving Victorian family celebrations at once intrigues and worries me. I am, however, appalled by the last name.

Sarah Bernhardt (Lucky Luke) - This is the actual title. Yay!

Sarah Bishop - Bishop, Priestess, Duchess…you can just call me Sarah, plain and short.

Sarah Canary - It’s just a voice. Nothing more. Please don’t make a fuss.

Sarah Dallas Knitting - I showed that Austin Craft Mafia a thing or two. They’re now calling me The Doña.

Sarah Jane Foster, Teacher of the Freedmen - They’re the guys we got out through those tunnels. Great bunch of guys!

Sarah Laughed - And had extended laugh attacks, complete with wetting of the pants.

Sarah Moon: Coincidences - What are they saying about my face???

Sarah Sze - The Chinese loved me.

Sarah The Priestess: The First Matriarch Of Genesis - Like I said. Just Sarah is fine. I am very modest.

Sarah, In Passing - I feel vaguely disrespected.

Sarah: Women of Genesis - The mother of them all, apparently.

Sarah's Child - I had another after this publication.

Sarah's Dad and Sophia's Mom - Let’s not go there.

Sarah's Daughter - Dahling!!

Sarah's Guide To Life, Love & Gardening - Life: live it. Love: do it. Gardening: enjoy it and try not to kill off too many.

Sarah's Key - I forgot where I left it; I’m pretty sure it’s with those Lost Traditions. How odd.

Sarah's Legacy - I hope to leave a good one. It just won’t involve cash. Sorry.

Sarah's Psalm - 63.

Sarah's Quilt - I am enrolling in a class in January. I WILL make it, dang it!

Sarah's Secret - I’m not telling.

Sarah's Secrets - I remembered some more. I’m still not telling.

Sarah: A Sexual Biography - Please refer to “Sarah’s Secrets.”

Sarah's Sin - Please refer to “Sarah’s Secret” (singular).

Sarah's Song - Personally, I can't decide amongst "Sara Smile" (Hall and Oates), "Sara" (Jefferson Starship) and "Sarah Maria" (James Taylor).

Sarah's Story: Sisters of the Quantock Hills - The alternative, Sisters of Carson, San Pedro, San Antonio, San Jose and Who Knows Where Else, was far too lengthy.

Sarah's Window - I have several, one of which is rose colored.

Saving Sarah - Thank you, Jesus!

Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor - I am a survivor, by the grace of God, and my seed is lovely!!!!

Simply Sarah: Anyone Can Eat Squid! - It’s just THAT simple.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving - You are all quite welcome. Any time.

The Book of Sarahs - All the different Sarahs that are moi.

The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts - Once again, Gardena, Carson, San Pedro, San Antonio, San Jose, Moroleon and Who Knows Where Else!

The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough - It is a well-known fact that a Sarah is always the favourite.

The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl - You are all quite welcome. Again.

The Redemption of Sarah Cain - Thank you, Jesus! Again!

The Secret of Sarah Revere - Paul slept through the entire incident. It was an exhausting trip, but someone had to do it.

The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism - I like to think so.

Waiting for Sarah - The reason my man (wherever he may be) is not yet married.

Water from the Well: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah - Memoirs from my Mezcala (Mexico) days.

Sarah - ‘Nuff said.