I can't tell you how thrilled I was to learn that there's an award out there for the Oddest Book Title. Who knew? I did not, but it kind of goes along with my Book of the Day idea that whatever catches my eye might get featured on this blog.
The 2007 Diagram Prize for the oddest title of the year goes to: If you Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start WIth Your Legs.
"The winner makes redundant an entire genre of self-help tomes,’’ said Joel Rickett, deputy editor of The Bookseller, a British magazine. ‘‘So effective is the title that you don’t even need to read the book itself.’’
The author, Big Boom (no kidding, that's the author) calls it a ‘‘self-help book, written by a man for the benefit of women.’’ It’s a book, he writes, that is ‘‘raw, honest and about you,’’ distilling ‘‘the sweat off my back, the wrinkles in my forehead from anger and thinking all the time.’’
Second and third place, respectively, went to I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen and Cheese Problems Solved. (I might mention here that neither these titles nor the winning title came through my Book Room. If they had, they most certainly would have warranted their own blog entries.)
Past winners include: Weeds in a Changing World (1999), The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003); Bombproof Your Horse (2004); and The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (2006).