‘offbeat books’ scratch that, these are just plain weird

December 11, 2009

Via: LIS News

Something to read while you wait for Inglorious Basterds to come out on DVD.

The Times has a fun article entitled the 10 strangest books in the English language.

Apparently ABE Books a reseller of used books  has started a “Weird Book Room“, and if you just can’t decide what to give the man or woman who has everything–the Weird Book Room may solve all your holiday gift giving problems.

Seriously who wouldn’t enjoy a copy of “The Bible Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome”?  And you can’t tell me that “The Pop-up Book of Phobias” wouldn’t enjoy pride of place on Aunt Tilly the hypochondriac’s book shelf.  Or that history buffs won’t be drooling over your copy of “How Green Were the Nazis?”.

You can also suggest titles for the weird book room if you like.

Happy shopping!

If you haven’t been to Awful Library Books in a while be sure to visit them also for gift ideas.

posting by jim


5 Responses to “‘offbeat books’ scratch that, these are just plain weird”

  1. david Says:

    Both “The Pop-Up Book of Phobias” and “The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares” were big hits when I did middle school booktalks: killer clowns, hairy spiders — all in glorious 3D pop-up.

  2. Lesla Says:

    Any favorite books from Sno-Isle’s collection? I was both relieved and disappointed to discover that we no longer own “The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection.” My other personal favorite, “All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms,” is down to one copy. I haven’t read the book, but the the cover is the kind that sticks in your mind for years 🙂

  3. myounker Says:

    “bat boy lives” – a collection of some of the funniest articles from weekly world news.

  4. david Says:

    “All That the Rain Promises” is actually considered a classic of mycology, and the pocket size is great for packing along. The author just finished a book tour, and I really wanted to see the audience he drew to Village Books in Bellingham. Dude!

  5. Lesla Says:

    Bummer that you missed the tour.

    I saw “All That the Rain Promises,” back in 2oo2 but couldn’t remember the title and could never find it again. I was *so* excited when it came through the delivery again this year (to the point where there may have been jumping and exclamations involved)! I almost want to buy my own copy, just to have it.

    I also love the ambiguous way the subtitle reads. Is it a guide that you put in your hip pocket or is it a hip guide you put in your pocket? OR BOTH?

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