Monday, March 22, 2021

Losing It!

I recently wrote down a book title that was recommended on a Zoom call, for future reference. The title didn't seem familiar to me. In retrospect though, it's pretty obvious that it should have been ...

I heard and wrote down "Kinda Sly." It sounded like an interesting story, so I Googled: kinda sly book review. The book titles it produced, were 

I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone
Pretty Sly (the second book in a trilogy) 

but neither matched the description I recalled. No other useful results were found. But yet the book was described as current and trending, and getting great reviews from other New York Times bestselling authors. I was sure I'd written the title down verbatim, and did so as I heard it, not retroactively.

So I dug around through my notes to see if I'd written down the author's name - and, yes, I had! Lo and behold, when I added her name to the search, I got a hit! The title of the book was actually 'The Kindest Lie," by Nancy Johnson. 

Funnily enough (or maybe, worryingly so), I had listened to Nancy Johnson speak about her novel at its launch some weeks ago, and I also had her book in my Audible 'Wish List'! And yet ... ! Seeing the author's name didn't ring any bells for me, but it surely should have ... 😟 ... it's not as if I hadn't familiarized myself with the title.

I wish I had made the connection - I feel really foolish! I mean, Kinda Sly is not far from Kindest Lie! I guess it depends on where you place the emphasis ... Eek, not only am I losing my hearing, but some of my brain function and ability to make connections, too. I don't like this ...

(I'm SO excited for the discussion between Nancy Johnson and Jodi Picoult on 'Fiction and Race in America' on Zoom tonight, hosted by the Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH.)


Shelley Burbank said...

Amazing that you were able to find it! And amusing how you misheard it. That's what it is like learning a new language, isn't it? Hard to tell where the words begin and end sometimes when you just hear the language rather than read it.

Deb said...

That's a great angle you put on it, Shelley - wish I'd thought of that.