We have another winner.

For "oddest book title" of the year. It's The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification. According to the Guardian, Shopping Carts beat the odds-on favorite oddity, How Green Were the Nazis?

What I like best about the award -- compiled from votes at the Bestseller website -- is that it doesn't go to the author, who may, after all, have been just tongue-in-cheeking around rather than being perfectly serious, as with the runner-up, Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium. Instead, the prize, a bottle of wine, goes to the person who spotted the book. Spot-on, I say.

Previous winners include Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (1978); How to Shit in the Woods, an Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (1989); and Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (1996).

Also worth checking out is one of the comments for the Amazon listing of Stray Shopping Carts. After describing the book as a "must read," the reviewer, "S. Fragomen," who has written no other Amazon reviews and has nothing in his website profile, declares it "a hilariously depresing work.[sic] One of the best novels I've read in years."

He then adds this claim, in case anyone was wondering: "I'm over the age of thirteen."

April 13, 2007 8:57 AM | | Comments (1)



My own favorite is "A Boy's First Book of Hardwood Floors." I book I read about somewhere many years ago. I hope it really exists.


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