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9. "Chicken Soup for the Soul"

Jack Canfield, who co-wrote "Chicken Soup for the Soul" with Mark Victor Hansen, said their manuscript was rejected by about 140 publishers, whose criticism included the assertion that "It's a stupid title." Well, that stupid title has appeared on more than 112 million books, including nearly 200 spinoffs such as "Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat." CARL WAGNER, CHICAGO TRIBUNE