Let’s start with the celebrity connection: the crazy/canny antics of Charlie Sheen. Mr. Sheen has famously claimed that he has “tiger blood” (and “Adonis DNA”). Now fast-acting Harcos Laboratories* brings you all the bi-winningness of tiger blood in a convenient IV bag.
But “tiger” was trending even before Mr. Sheen began his “series of remarkably unhinged interviews.” Here are the tigers I’ve spotted in the wild since the beginning of the year:
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua’s controversial best-seller about her strict (and apparently successful) Chinese child-rearing techniques. Read “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” the excerpt that caused much of the furor. Chua later said the title of that excerpt was misleading. Published January 11.
Roar of the Tiger Cubs, a rushed-into-print response to Amy Chua’s book authored by a pair of 10-year-old Hong Kong twins, Estephe and Perrine Corlin (possibly with adult assistance). Published March 4; available only in Hong Kong bookstores (so far). Thanks to Ellen Goodman, who lives in Hong Kong and wrote about the twins’ book in her blog, for alerting me to this development.
Tiger, Tiger, Margaux Fragoso’s memoir of her 15-year relationship with a pedophile that began when she was 7. The New York Times Sunday Book Review praised Fragoso’s “narrative abilities.” Published March 1.
Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, a new play by Rajiv Joseph that opens on Broadway March 31. Robin Williams stars as the tiger, who “haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. As he witnesses the puzzling absurdities of war, the tiger encounters Americans and Iraqis who are searching for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold.”
Well, at least we’ve moved on from cougars.
UPDATE: Yet another tiger title: Tiger Hills, a first novel by Sarita Mandanna, published March 9. (Thanks, Diana!)
* Which I suspect is to actual laboratories as Dr. Science is to actual science.