Weird Books

atkins-bookshelf-booksEach holiday season, many people ponder the question: what do you buy the bibliophile who already owns every book that interests him or her? You quickly rule out purchasing their Holy Grail — typically an extremely rare first edition that would force you to mortgage your home; for example, AbeBooks currently lists a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for $250,000, or a James Joyce first edition Ulysses for $135,000, or a D. H. Lawrence first edition of The Rainbow for $125,000. Of course, that doesn’t include shipping which adds a whopping $5. But I digress. Well, the merry staff at AbeBooks have been assembling a Weird Book Room for some time (who knew booksellers had a sense of humor?). The Weird Book Room is hailed as “the finest source of everything that’s bizarre, odd and downright weird in books… about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine (and a few things you couldn’t).” So for the book lover who owns everything, why not a literary gag gift — a cherished little tome from the Weird Book Room? Here are some notable selections from their unique collection of rare literary oddities:

Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague
Do-It-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and People by Dale Power
How to Poo on a Date: The Lover’s Guide to Toilet Etiquette: Mats Enzo
101 More Uses for a Dead Cat by Simon Bond
The Radiation Recipe Book by Anonymous
Baboon Metaphysics by Horace Bent
Land Snails and Slugs of Russia and Adjacent Countries by A. Sysoev
The Mime Alphabet Book by Nina Gasiorowicz
Does God Speak Through Cats? by David Evans
Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves by Duncan Birmingham
An Intellectual History of Cannibalism by Catalin Avramescu
The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook by David Gordon
Innards and Other Variety Meats by Jana Allen
Snow Caves for Fun and Survial by Ernest Wilkinson
A Lust for Window Sill by Harry Mount

A Popular History of British Seaweeds

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