The pursuit of funny and titles that tickle continues …
The Guardian has just reported the shortlist has been announced for the year’s oddest book titles. Hooray for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. Candidates include the particularly charmingly titled If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs.
Others on the shortlist: Cheese Problems Solved, How to Write a How to Write Book and Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues.
New in our libraries too are some other corkers:
- Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes
Perhaps not one to laugh it as it’s subtitled “a heart-rending memoir”, but the title reminds me of the Monty Python skit when four Yorkshiremen are trying to outdo each other with how bad their lives were: “House? You were lucky to have a HOUSE! We used to live in one room, all hundred and twenty-six of us, no furniture. Half the floor was missing; we were all huddled together in one corner for fear of FALLING!”
- Catamarans : the complete guide for cruising sailors invites the obvious “Hello sailor” jokes. Or is it just me?
- Punc rocks : foundation stones for precise punctuation – I know, I know, it’s a groaner but it made me smile. And it is a NZ book!
- Fugitive denim : a moving story of people and pants in the borderless world of global trade – this one gave me visions of jeans on the run, hiding from the law. Probably skinny jeans.
- Work like you’re showing off! : the joy, jazz, and kick of being better tomorrow than you were today
- I’m not sure what a Felt frenzy would involve, but it sounds wild.
- There’s an idiot in my kitchen. True. And alas it is me.
- The great funk : falling apart and coming together (on a shag rug) in the seventies
- Don’t forget your scroggin : a how-to handbook for New Zealand tramping
- Turn around and run like hell : amazing stories of unconventional military strategies that worked