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May 11, 2007

Book Titles That Never Should Have Been

Today's blog is at total rip-off, but I will give credit where it is due: Writers Write, a weekly e-newsletter.

The topic was strangest book titles and Writers Write listed the winners:

The Bookseller magazine has announced the winner of the Oddest
Book Title Award. The winner of the Bookseller/Diagram Prize
was The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide
to Field Identification (Harry N. Abrams). The book was
written by artist Julian Montague. Julian beat out How Green
Were the Nazis? a study of the environmental policies of the
Third Reich, in a surprise result.

Stray Shopping Carts received a third of the more
than 5,500 votes cast by members of the public on the website of
trade magazine The Bookseller. 'It's a sort of strange honour to
have, Montague said. 'But I welcome the publicity and it's nice
that people are finding out my book exists.'


Runner-up for the prize was Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon
Boxes of Daghestan, by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov,
Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov and Alex Binnie (Bennett & Bloom).

The other finalists were Di Mascio's Delicious Ice Cream: Di Mascio
of Coventry: an Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting
and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans, by Roger De Boer, Harvey Francis
Pitcher and Alan Wilkinson (Past Masters); Proceedings of the
Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium (Kluwer); and Better
Never To Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into Existence, by David
Benatar (Clarendon Press).

What would you have voted for? I really liked the winner myself. The Nazi title was just too much. And Better Never to Have Been has that Zen-like flavor to it.