The Name Therapist
How Growing up With My Odd Name Taught Me Everything You Need to Know About YoursBook - 2016
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What’s in a name? Is yours a name that is shared with millions of people (Hello to all you Jennifer’s and Mary’s!) or was your name constantly misspelled, mispronounced and misunderstood by others? Were you one of the multiple Michaels in your class or were you waiting in vain for your name to be called on Romper Room?
Duana Taha, the daughter of an Egyptian father and Irish mother is a television screenwriter for shows such as Degrassi as well as a frequent contributor for the blog laineygossip.com. She has spent her whole life fascinated by names, hers especially, because hers felt “awkward at best and impossible at worst”, and is familiar with the frustration and struggles of having a unique name in an Anglo-centric name culture. Not surprisingly, she has spent her life being consumed with names, looking at the meaning of names, how we use them, why they matter and would we by any other name still be the same?
Her book is a hilarious yet insightful exploration of the social psychology of names in North America, looking at name trends, traditions and the influence of pop culture. She delves into the stereotypes of culture and class, looking at what makes a name “intelligent”, the surprising truths of hipster names, and if you don’t know what a Starbucks name is, Taha points out, why you obviously never needed one!
Name Therapist is a quick and enjoyable read for fellow name nerds that will help you to understand your feelings about your own name as well as making for great dinner party conversations!
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