There are a great number of truly weird, peculiar, and odd book titles in existence. So many strange book titles exist, in fact, that Bookseller magazine has been publishing a list of them each year since 1978, awarding the strangest title of the year with their Diagram Prize. That kind of notoriety is bound to drive the book sales of these odd titles for curious readers or for those who simply desire to have such unusual titles in their personal library collections. Here are ten of the strangest book titles ever written. Most of these are currently available for purchase through Amazon.com.
1. Curbside Consultation of the Colon by Brooks D. Cash (published by SLACK Inc.) - 2008
This 208 page book contains 49 questions for clinicians with inquiring minds who have questions about the colon. Designed as a reference module, the tome is appropriate for gastroenterologists, residents in training, surgical residents, and others whose medical profession brings them into close contact with the colon. If that does not sound like you, read on – there are bound to be some other books that appeal to you on this list. Sells for $79.95 on Amazon.com.
2. Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality by Glenn C. Ellenbogen - 1987
The secondary part of this title, “Reading from the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity,” is almost as strange as the main title. The book is intended to be a humorous reference for those in the psychiatric community. Facts included in the book include, “One hundred percent of all dead patients showed a marked reluctance to pay their bills,” and “Well over half of all Americans alive today have experienced childhood directly, a syndrome marked by a) dwarfism, b) knowledge deficits and c)legume anorexia.” Gives you a pretty good idea of what kind of book this is – if you find these facts hilarious, then by all means, run right out and buy this book. Sells for $19.95 on Amazon.com.
3. Excrement in the Late Middle Ages by Susan Signe Morrison - 2008.
If you have $75 burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to pick up this 288 page book on, as the title states, Excrement in the Late Middle Ages. A cultural study of how the Middle Ages dealt with excrement, the secondary title is “Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics.” There’s not much that can be said about this book, but if this subject truly appeals to you, then this must be the book for you. Sells for $75 on Amazon.com.
4. Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich by James A. Yannes - 2009.
Why would anyone want to collect spoons from the Third Reich, you might ask? Apparently, there are a lot of antique, valuable, collectible, commemorative spoons from that time period that fascinate collectors of such memorabilia. I doubt these are spoons you’d actually want to use as eating utensils, but if you have space in your display cabinet, that would certainly be an appropriate place for them. Sells for $22.50 on Amazon.com.
5. Living With Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cooke (published by Penguin) - 2002.
This book has one of those titles that makes you want to just go buy it, without knowing anything about the subject, just to claim you have it in your library. The reviews of the book are actually great, as it tells the story of a New York socialite who moves to the American West in the 1930s. Not sure if the main character is the one with crazy buttocks or if it’s someone she encounters in her travels, but no matter who has the crazy buttocks, this is a title that begs to be read. Sells for $38 on Amazon.com.
6. If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs by Big Boom - 2007.
If you’re searching for a no-nonsense book about men and relationships, this one is for you. Written by a man, the book is supposed to give women straightforward advice (akin to the recent bestseller, “He’s Just Not That Into You.”) Why is it that men all of a sudden are given free license to attack women through books with derogatory titles? This is a good question for feminists everywhere to address. It won’t be through this particular book, however. Sells for $10.20 on Amazon.com.
7. The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Ellen Scherl - 2009
Intended for practitioners who deal with bowel problems on a daily basis, this tome is a reference for diagnosis, treatment, and individualized management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of more than 20 experts in the field, this book examines the impact of gender, generation, and global trends on the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Pretty dry reading unless you happen to work in the field. Sells for $72 on Amazon.com.
8. Father Christmas Needs A Wee! by Nicholas Allan (published by Red Fox) - 2009.
Get your mind out of the gutter… this book is not about Father Christmas experiencing a horrible accident and having an appendage ripped off. Instead, Father Christmas has been on an eating and drinking binge in this book and really, really has to go to the bathroom badly. He has to go so badly that he forgets to leave presents at each house he stops by, and just eats and drinks what’s been left out for him. When he gets home and is in a rush to relieve himself, he’s forgotten his own house key! Why that would stop a man who can slide down the chimney from entering his own home, I’m not sure, but I guess you have to read the book to see how it ends. Sells for $6.17 on Amazon.com.
9. Is The Rectum a Grave? by Leo Bersani (published by Univ. of Chicago Press )- 2009.
This collection of essays celebrates relationships, and in the title essay, specifically, homosexual relationships. Bersani writes how sex leads to a “shattering of the self” in the title essay. Through his essays, Bersani shows how aesthetics helps us connect to our world. Just another of the books with reference to bodily parts or functions whose title can’t help but catch the eye. Sells for $22.50 on Amazon.com.
10. Peek-a-Poo: What’s In Your Diaper? by Guido van Genechten - 2010.
Intended for babies up to preschoolers, this book is about a mouse who is so curious about everything that he has to look into everything, including his friends’ diapers. Not sure I’d want my child to have this book in his collection, as it might encourage bad and messy behavior, but it’s a cute idea for a book on potty training. Sells for $13.46 on Amazon.com.