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The odd-titles shortlist: Chicks, no shopping carts

March 6, 2008 |  1:24 pm


British website the Bookseller has announced its shortlist for the Diagram Prize for oddest book title. Last year's winner, "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification," will be moved aside for one of these:

"Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues" by Catharine MacKinnon
"Cheese Problems Solved" by P L H McSweeney
"How to Write a How to Write Book" by Brian Piddock
"I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen" by Jasper McCutcheon
"If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs" by Big Boom
"People Who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood" by Dee Gordon

A few bloggers seem inclined to vote for cheese. But the relationship book by ex-pimp Big Boom, a "celebrated speaker, author and celebrity bodyguard" who calls himself "the bodyguard of hearts," is in the lead so far. (I, for one, would love to see Boom and feminist MacKinnon on a panel together.) The winner will be determined by an online public vote, going on now.

Carolyn Kellogg

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