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Who wrote this? The answers (Part 2)

For me, a trip to Barnes & Noble during the Christmas season included perusing the signed copies of new books written by famous people.

I looked at more than a dozen of these books, curious to see if the penmanship is as well-crafted as the printed words in the works of nonfiction and fiction.

The signatures: Some good, others bad.

I looked at copies signed by actresses, an actor, musicians, retired athletes, celebrity chefs, children's book creators, a reality TV celebrity, a feminist and an author of thrillers.

And I used my iPhone to take pictures of the signatures that appear on one of the opening pages of their books.

A good signature is one the famous writer apparently took time and care to write. It is distinctive. It has flair.

A bad signature is scribble scrap. It seems the famous writer spent just micro-seconds signing the book. I would give them a grade of F for effort.

I wrote a series of posts starting last week judging the signatures I photographed. I ran a photo of a signature in each post and the only hint I gave was the title of the book the autograph contains.

I have waited until this week to begin showing the names of the authors.

On Tuesday, it was actress Mary-Louise Parker, whose unconventional memoir, "Dear Mr. You," was published in November.

I am a "Dear Mr. You" fan, particularly the Audible version in which Parker narrates her stories. I am not a fan of her signature.

Today, it is rock musician John Fogerty, whose memoir, "Fortunate Son," was published in October.

I am a fan of the man and his autograph. I gave his signature style points for flair.

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