It’s Friday afternoon, the perfect time for looking at cat pictures, discussing weekend plans, and eating doughnuts for lunch while counting down the minutes until quitting time. You’ve got a while until you can skedaddle, though, so how about spending the next 5-10 minutes chuckling over the winner of this year’s Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title? Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley, has the combined appeal of fantasy, home repair, animal husbandry, and grammatical exactitude (I’m looking at you, One’s) to capture the attention of a blobby Venn-diagram of the reading public. If Bakeley’s title was a cozy mystery with a touch of romance, he’d be likely to skyrocket to the top of the charts. For now, though, he’ll have to settle for a mere rosy feeling of accomplishment (and perhaps a boost in sales). Find the glorious short-list of nominees below with, in what is a Booklist first for this particular prize, links to reviews where available.
How Tea Cosies Changed the World, by Loani Prior (Murdoch Books)
God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, by Tom Hickman (Square Peg)
How to Sharpen Pencils, by David Rees (Melville House)
Was Hitler Ill? by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle (Polity Press)
Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts, by Jerry Gagne (Foy’s Pet Supplies)