Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year

Commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short, it is a humorous literary award that is given annually to a book with an unusual title. More infos: http://www.thebookseller.com/diagramprize
The Potentialities and Limitations of the Nude Mouse
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The Potentialities and Limitations of the Nude Mouse

by Tatsuji Nomura

About the book: No description available


Notes:  Full title: "Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice".
Medical studies done using laboratory mice with inhibited immune systems.
Winner of the 1978 Diagram Prize.

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The Madam as Entrepreneur
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The Madam as Entrepreneur

by Barbara Sherman Heyl

About the book:  A sociological analysis of prostitution as an occupation, this book studies the experiences of the madam of a small house and her career as a prostitute, from her entry into the profession as a teen­ager until her departure in her early for­ties. Of her twenty years in prostitu­tion, ten were spent as a house prostitute, and ten as a madam. Using in-depth interviews, the author investigates the madam's own interpretations of her life, including a term in prison and her revealing experiences after deciding to leave prostitution. Following the best tradition of life history research, Heyl supplements her discussions with the madam with in­formation from other prostitutes, mem­bers of the madam's estranged family, and other sources; observations made in the house; and a review of the existing literature. Official records, newspaper reports, and personal papers are used in developing a complete, multi­dimensional account of the madam's experiences. Heyl analyzes the career contingencies and identity crisis of prostitutes, as well as the madam's role as teacher and her struggles to keep the house functioning in the face of growing problems with the police, pimps, and the prostitutes themselves. These two topics — the madam as "madam" and as "businesswoman" — reinforce the central theoretical con­cern of this study.


Notes:  Full title: "The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution".
About working in prostitution.
Winner of the 1979 Diagram Prize.

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The Book of Marmalade
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The Book of Marmalade

by C. Anne Wilson

About the book:  Here is everything you need to know about marmalade. C. Anne Wilson, Britain's foremost historian of food, traces the history of this most British of preserves from its Roman and medieval antecedents, through its adoption in Tudor England, its development in Stuart and Georgian Britain, and its fortunes up to the present day. She tells how the Portuguese learned from the Moors to eat quince marmalade, and how its characteristic Arab flavorings enhanced its appeal to the Europeans. Marmalade's varied roles—as a gift, as a sweetmeat, as a medicine, and as an aphrodisiac-are all discussed in The Book of Marmalade. The book concludes with dozens of recipes, new and traditional, in which marmalade is the star ingredient.


Notes:  Full title: "The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today".
About the history of marmalade.
Winner of the 1984 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: the winners of the 1980 ("The Joy of Chickens"), 1981 ("Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances"), 1982 ("Population and Other Problems: Family Planning, Housing 1,000 Million, Labour Employment") and 1983 ("Unsolved Problems of Modern Theory of Lengthwise Rolling") Diagram Prizes could not be found.

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Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Mind Power
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Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Mind Power

by Donald L. Wilson

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Notes:  Full title: "Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts".
About bust enlargement through positive thinking.
Winner of the 1985 Diagram Prize.

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Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
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Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality

by Glenn C. Ellenbogen Ph.D.

About the book:  Fact: One hundred percent of all dead patients showed a marked reluctance to pay their bills.Fact: Well over half of all Americans alive today have experienced childhood directly, a syndrome marked by a) dwarfism b) knowledge deficits and c) legume anorexia.Fact: When Ms. Cinderella left her glass slipper behind at the stroke of midnight, she was clearly acting in a state of rebellion against the dictatorial regimentation of the domineering fairy godmother.It's true. Members of the psychiatric community are capable of laughter. The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, the brainchild of psychologist Glenn C. Ellenbogen, has received confirmed reports of uncontrollable outbursts of laughter as the pages of the scholarly parody are sampled.Now patients, professionals, and armchair travelers alike can enjoy the articles that have appeared in this hilarious journal in one hilarious anthology, including such profound and penetrating subjects as "New Improved Delusions," "The Scale of Mental Abilities Requiring Thinking Somewhat (SMARTS)," "Cancer and Tobacco: A Bum Rat," and more. Learn how psychoanalysts diagnose patients by the way they park their cars in the mental health clinic lot and how to apply the practical principles of Vigilante Effectiveness Training (VET) in daily life."For the Jung at heart!" --New York Daily News


Notes:  Humorous and parody articles about psychiatry.
Winner of the 1986 Diagram Prize.

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How to Shit in the Woods
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How to Shit in the Woods

by Kathleen Meyer

About the book:  It’s the feisty third edition of How to Shit in the Woods, jam-packed with new information for outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe. Hailed in its first edition as “the most important environmental book of the decade” by Books of the Southwest, and in its second as “the real shit” by the late, great, outdoor photographer Galen Rowell, this bestselling guide is often called the “backpacker’s bible” and has sold more than 2.5 million copies in eight languages. Author Kathleen Meyer continues to pioneer the way with her inimitable voice—at once humorous, irreverent, and direct—examining the latest techniques for graceful backcountry elimination, and answering a desperate cry from nature concerning environmental precautions in our ever-shrinking wilds. World changes come fast and furious, and in the backcountry it is no different. The practice of “packing-it-out,” adopted to protect high use areas and fragile eco-systems, is here to stay. We are now often urged to haul our poop home. Or with increasing frequency, the whole business is mandatory. To assist with all this responsible human waste disposal, Meyer’s new edition features the latest in product innovations, from classy high-tech to inexpensive do-it-yourself. She covers the most current solutions to the health risks of drinking straight from wilderness waterways; presents a raft of natural substitutes for the purist swearing off toilet tissue; and offers a wealth of new recommendations for ladies who must make do without a loo.              This down-to-earth guide has been employed as a training aid for scout troops, outdoor schools, and wilderness programs for inner-city youth; for rangers with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management; as well as for whitewater rafting guides, backcountry outfitters, and members of the military. In rowing hundreds of urbanites down whitewater rivers, Meyer honed her squatting skills and found she “wasn’t alone in the klutz department.” Her delightfully shameless discussion of a once-shameful activity, her erudite examination of its associated vocabulary, and her unapologetic promotion of its colorful vernacular make How to Shit in the Woods essential and vastly entertaining reading for anyone who’s ever paused at the edge of the forest and pondered: “Where do I go to go?”


Notes:  Full title: "How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art".
About responsible treatment of one's human waste in wilderness areas.
Winner of the 1989 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: In 1987, no prize was awarded. The winner of the 1988 Diagram Prize ("Versailles: The View from Sweden") could not be found.

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The Lesbian S/M Safety Manual
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The Lesbian S/M Safety Manual

by Patrick Califia-Rice

About the book: No description available


Notes:  Full title: "Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual".
A guide to BDSM and safe sex.
Winner of the 1990 Diagram Prize.

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Highlights in the History of Concrete
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Highlights in the History of Concrete

by Christopher C. Stanley

About the book: No description available


Notes:  About the history of concrete.
Winner of the 1994 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: N.B.: In 1991, no prize was awarded. The winners of the 1992 ("How to Avoid Huge Ships") and 1993 ("American Bottom Archaeology") Diagram Prizes could not be found.

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Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
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Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers

by Derek Willan

About the book:  Cachets / numbered handstamps of Greece / cancellation types / Nummernstempel.


Notes:  Cancellation numbers in the Hellenic Post.
Winner of the 1996 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: the winner of the 1995 Diagram Prize ("Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes") could not be found.

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The Joy of Sex
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The Joy of Sex

by Alex Comfort

About the book:  The ultimate guide to lovemaking The uninhibited bestseller that has sold more than 8 million copies since its first publication in 1972 is now updated and revised for a new generation. As captivating and provocative as ever, and filled with illustrations, The Joy of Sex sparks the imagination with its playful, erotic, and exhilarating presentation. But most of all, it is the no-nonsense yet fun approach of Dr. Alex Comfort that speaks to anyone seeking to achieve greater sexual satisfaction -- as he contends with every aspect of our sexual territory, including today's most vital issues: AIDS and other venereal diseases, the practice of responsible sex, birth control, Viagra, menopause, and more. Candid, inviting, and informative, this is the classic guide that's never gone out of style, as decades of readers discover that nothing compares to the joy of sex.


Notes:  Full title: "The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition".
Winner of the 1997 Diagram Prize.

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