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The other day I bought a book because of its title. Oh unclench, it’s not like I judged it by its cover! I actually did take the time to string a few letters (34) together. It occurred to me that the name of the book is the first thing you see, unless you are looking at a book that you keep secretly stored under a lose floorboard in your bedroom.
Anywho the book I bought carried the fascinating title of “A short history of Tractors in Ukranian”. I was pretty sure I’d never read it, having little interest in Ukraine, let alone the history of tractors. But I did think such a title deserved the prize of the book plus the Icelandic taxes on it. I hardly ever think that.
To justify such an expense, I reasoned that there must be books out there that simply sell because of their title and other easily amused readers that’ll fall for it. Now the following is a list of some book titles that, would I happen upon them, I’d probably buy instantly. Whether they intended to or not, some authors give their books names that will make readers laugh or cringe before they even open the first page.
I’d like to point out that I have read neither of these, therefore their content might just be as selling as their title.
1. How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer
2. Be Bold with Bananas by Crescent Books
3. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power
4. The Flat-Footed Flies of Europe by Peter J. Chandler
5. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureaut
6. Across Europe by Kangaroo by Joseph R. Barry
7. 101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators by Lori Katz and Barbara Meyer
8. The Making of a Moron by Niall Brennan
9. How to Make Love While Conscious by Guy Kettelhack
10. Lightweight Sandwich Construction by J. M. Davies
One of my favorite titles ever was “Steal This Book” by Abbie Hoffman.
He was a sixties political activist and showed his cheek when naming this guide to governmental overthrow. Being entirely banned in Canada, many stores in the United States refused to carry it for fear the title would prompt customers to shoplift. Would they actually have ordered it and given it a quick scan they could have simply banned it for different reasons – it carries descriptions of how to make a pipe bomb, steal credit cards, and grow marijuana.
Oh … by the by, I did read that Ukrainian thing and can only recommend it further. Maybe skip the italic parts about tractors 😉
~ Penguin out!
Flat-footed (published) writers at humor-blogs should not be kangaroo-ed!
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