The Washington Post

The weirdest book names of the year

The books nominated for the Diagram Prize aren’t likely to be found in your typical bookstore. (FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two

by Peter Gosson (Amberley). A survey of the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, focusing on the Welsh coast.

Cooking with Poo
by Saiyuud Diwong (Urban Neighbours of Hope). A Thai cookbook. “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is Diwong’s nickname.
Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World

by Aino Praakli (Kirjastus Elmatar). The book looks at styles of socks and stockings found in Estonian knitting.

The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria
by Scott D Mendelson (Createspace). An analysis of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit the island of Singapore in 1967.
Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge
by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press). This is the story of Koichi Andoh, who traveled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of day-old chicks.
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon). An exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.

The Mushroom in Christian Art

by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books). In which the author reveals that Jesus is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita Muscaria

The award is sponsored by The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for publishers. Previous winners have included 2010’s “Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way”; the 2007 self-help book “If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs”; and the 2003 romance “The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.”

See all the bookcovers at The Guardian Web site.

Vote here if you’d like to help The Bookseller choose the winner.

[Via ArtsJournal]

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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