In fact, Madonna’s decline is even more dramatic.
“Sex” has fallen all the way to No. 3, giving up the No. 2 spot to the always arousing “Lovely Reed: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Building Bamboo Fly ” by Jack Howell (Pruett, 1998). Pristine hardback copies are currently for sale for more than $500, although cheaper copies can be found for as little as $50.
Fish over sex? This may be the best evidence yet of the graying of America. (Will we stoop to a tasteless pun on the word “rod”? We will not.) But even at No. 3, Madonna’s metal-clad, spiral-bound “Sex” still commands far higher prices than the books above it on the list. Signed, like-a-virgin copies fetch as much as $750.
The remainder of the top 10 list offers an equally weird collection: Stephen King novels, children’s stories, a defense of God and “The Collector’s Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols.”
The new annual list of top 100 most searched-for out-of-print books was released today by Bookfinder, which has been tracking the data for more than a decade.