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Bizarre Book Titles

atkins-bookshelf-booksWith an inventory of millions of books for sale by thousands of booksellers in over 50 countries, AbeBooks sells literary works with well-known titles by famous authors. But it also sells its fair share of literary works with bizarre titles by obscure authors. Accordingly, the editors of AbeBooks have collected all the bizarre book titles they encounter in a section they call AbeBook’s Weird Book Room, recognized as “the finest source of everything that’s bizarre, odd, and downright weird in books.” Here are a few notable titles:

How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers’ Guide to Toilet Etiquette by Mats & Enzo

The Disadvantage of Being Dead by A.R.D. Fairburn

Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School by Benjamin Franklin

Wildlife Contraception by Cheryl S. Asa and Ingrid J. Porton

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague

Do-It-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and People by Dale Power

Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers by Francesca Gould

Catflexing: The Catlovers Guide to Weight Training, Aerobics and Stretching by Stephanie Jackson

Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers: A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire by Robert T. Clifton

How to Live with an Idiot: Clueless Creatures and the People Who Love Them by John J. Hoover

Does God Every Speak Through Cats by David Evans

How to Survive a Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino

Knitting with Dog Hair by Kendall Crolius

Manifold Destiny: Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller

Dating for Under a Dollar by Blair Tolman

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Weird Books

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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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For further reading: www.abebooks.com/books/weird/?cm_mmc=nl-_-nl-_-C141202-h00-weirdbAM-121214TG-_-01cta&abersp=1

Oddest Book Title

atkins-bookshelf-booksEach year in the early spring, The Bookseller, a British trade magazine that focuses on the publishing industry, has awarded the ignominious but highly-coveted (at least in certain circles) Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. The idea for the award — judging a book by its cover, specifically its title — was originally conceived by Trevor Bounford of the Diagram Group, a graphic design firm based in London, to add a little spice to the rather humdrum Frankfort Book Fair back in 1978. The first winner of this dubious honor went to a scientific work titled Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice by the researchers at the University of Tokyo, who study nude mice as opposed to studying fashionably-attired mice that presumably roam about in Japan. During the early years, only books that were featured at the Frankfort Book Fair were considered for nomination; subsequently, the readers of The Bookseller can nominate any book published that year (only publishers cannot nominate their own book titles). The individual who submits the winning nomination receives a magnum of champagne, while the winning author and book receive some level of publicity or notoriety, depending on your perspective. In contrast to winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, these odd-titled books do not see a dramatic increase in sales soon after the announcement of their award.

Below are the winners of the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year from 200o to 2013:

2000: Designing High Performance Stiffened Structures by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

2001: Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service by Gerard Forlin

2002: Living with Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cooke

2003: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan

2004: Bombproof Your Horse by Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden

2005: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill

2006: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montague

2007: If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs by Big Boom

2008: The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Philip M. Parker

2009: Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina

2010: Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way by Michael R. Young

2011: Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong

2012: Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Bakeley Reginal

2013: How to Poo on a Date by Mats & Enzo

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