Book of the Day: How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books


For 30 years, The Bookseller magazine has searched far and wide for its annual weirdest book title. In How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books, it has compiled some of the strangest ones to date. (The first pick set the bar for weird: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. Sexay!) Click here to find out how you can contribute an opening paragraph to a title you like! And for my favorite picks, read more.

  • 1980: The Joy of Chickens (Prentice Hall)
  • 1984: The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today (Constable)
  • 1985: Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts (Westwood Publishing Co)
  • 1986: Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality (Brunner/Mazel)
  • 1994: Highlights in the History of Concrete (British Cement Association)
  • 1996: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (Hellenic Philatelic Society)
  • 2002: Living With Crazy Buttocks (Kaz Cooke - Penguin)
  • 2003: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (Kensington Publishing)
  • 2006: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (Harry N Abrams)
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