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

About the book: No description available


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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Weeds in a changing world
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Weeds in a changing world

by C. H. Stirton

About the book: No description available


Notes:  Full title: "Weeds in a Changing World: British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64".
Winner of the 1999 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: Another title, "Male Genitalia of Butterflies of the Balkan Peninsula, with a Checklist", was originally a favourite, but it was later rejected for being deliberately odd. The winner of the 1998 Diagram Prize ("Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw") could not be found.

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Designing high-performance stiffened structures
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Designing high-performance stiffened structures

by IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

About the book:  This text brings together leading structural and materials engineers with the aim of proromting composite developments in design, materials integration and manufacturing, and some of the state of the art structural design solutions.


Notes:  About stiffness in engineering.
Winner of the 2000 Diagram Prize.

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The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
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The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories

by Alisa Surkis,Monica Nolan

About the book:  These Are The Unbridled Desires Of Women Without Men. . .When Their Same-Sex Passion Explodes, Will The Stables Ever Be Safe Again?You've read about them, these sisters under the skin, vulnerable to the temptations of Sappho. . .Passion-starved twilight girls crossing over into a man's world of high withers, rippling hindquarters and glossy coats. . .Meet women like Pauline in Miss Barnard's Unit--the country girl bereft of feminine influence who comes of age in World War I, and comes undone in the arms of a worldly debutante. . .Terry in Snake Eyes for Silky, a jockey from the school of hard knocks who falls hard for a whip-wielding gangster's moll, and finds that she must choose between her heart and her horse . . . Innocents like Lena and Lily in The Chosen Horse, who bond over the sad fate of a cart horse, and their unspoken need to tread the waters of Lesbos . . .A world-class jumper like Julie in Lady Snow, a champion tempted by the irresistible rhythms of the bisexual Euro-beat. . .A young girl like Oreola in Pastures of Passion, who follows a lost foal to a curious farm girl--and her own destiny. . .These Are The Women Of The Big Book Of Lesbian Horse Stories. The Paddock Gates Are Open--Come Inside And Join The Fun!With an inspired sense of nostalgia, sensation, and wry humor, Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan invite readers back into the curves of third-sex pulp fiction where odd-girls-out now ride as free as a filly with their Bohemian desires--side-saddle be damned. But this time, from coy flirtation to requited lust, there's nary a man in sight to set them on the straight-and-narrow.


Notes:  Eight stories in a pastiche of dime novel styles from different decades, each involving lesbian romance and horses.
Winner of the 2003 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: the winners of the 2001 ("Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service") and 2002 ("Living with Crazy Buttocks") Diagram Prizes could not be found.

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Bombproof Your Horse
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Bombproof Your Horse

by Rick Pelicano

About the book:  Every horse, from the pampered show-hunter to the family pet, is faced at one time or another with an object or situation that is overwhelmingly terrifying, or just downright confusing. With his systematic approach to "bombproofing," Sergeant Rick Pelicano of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police shares his methods on how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to training your horse to deal with such situations. His vividly illustrated manual shows you how to accustom your horse to a variety of circumstances, noises, and objects, thereby turning him into a more pleasurable, submissive, confident, and ultimately safer mount.


Notes:  Full title: "Bombproof Your Horse: Teach Your Horse to Be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter".
Winner of the 2004 Diagram Prize.

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People Who Don't Know They're Dead
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People Who Don't Know They're Dead

by Gary Leon Hill

About the book:  In People Who Don't Know They're Dead, Gary Leon Hill tells a family story of how his Uncle Wally and Aunt Ruth, Wally's sister, came to counsel dead spirits who took up residence in bodies that didn?t belong to them. And in the telling, Hill elucidates much of what we know, or think we know, about life, death, consciousness, and the meaning of the universe. When people die by accident, in violence, or maybe they're drunk, stoned, or angry, they get freeze-framed. Even if they die naturally but have no clue what to expect, they might not notice they're dead. It's frustrating to see and not be seen. It's frustrating not to know what you're supposed to do next. It's especially frustrating to be in someone else's body and think it's your own. That's if you're dead. If you're alive and that spirit has attached itself to you, well that's a whole other set of frustrations. Wally Johnston, a behavioral psychologist, first started working with a medium in the 70s to help spirits move on to the next stage. Some years after that, Ruth Johnston, an academic psychiatric nurse, who'd become interested in new consciousness and alternative healing, began working with Wally to clear spirits who weren't moving on. These hitchhikers had attached themselves to the auras of living relatives or strangers in an attempt to hold on to a physical existence they no longer need. Through her pendulum, Ruth obtains permission from the higher self of both hitchhiker and host to work with them. Then Wally speaks with them, gently but firmly, to make sure they know they are no longer welcome to inhabit the bodies and wreak havoc on the lives of the living. Hill has woven this fascinating story with the history and theory of what happens at death, with particular emphasis on the last 40 years and the work of such groundbreaking thinkers as Elmer Green, Raymond Moody, William James, Aldous Huxley, Edith Fiore, Martha Rogers, Mark Macy, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bruce Lipton, and a host of others, whose work helps inform our idea of what it is to live and to die. As it turns out, our best defense against hitchhikers is to live consciously. And our best chance of doing that is by paying attention and staying open to possibilities.


Notes:  Full title: "People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It".
About dead spirits who took up residence in bodies that did not belong to them.
Winner of the 2005 Diagram Prize.

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The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America
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The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America

by Julian Montague

About the book:  A must-have for anyone with a passion for shopping carts and a love of the great outdoors. In The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America author Julian Montague has created an elaborate classification system of abandoned shopping carts, accompanied by photographic documentation of actual stray cart sightings. These sightings include bucolically littered locations such as the Niagara River Gorge (where many a cart has been pushed to its untimely death) and mundane settings that look suspiciously like a suburb near you. Working in the naturalist's tradition, the photographs depict the diversity of the phenomenon and carry a surprising emotional charge; readers inevitably begin to see these carts as human, at times poignant in their abandoned, decrepit state, hilariously incapacitated, or ingeniously co-opted. The result is at once rigorous and absurd, enabling the layperson to identify and classify their own cart spottings based on the situation in which they were found.


Notes:  Full title: "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification".
About how to identify abandoned shopping carts.
Winner of the 2006 Diagram Prize.

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If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs
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If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs

by Big Boom

About the book:  NATIONAL ESSENCE BESTSELLER Want to find real, committed love? The bodyguard for women's hearts reveals the minds of men in this tough-love guide to relationships. After decades of preying on women as a pimp and a hustler, Big Boom knows all the games men play. He's now given up his player card, exposing the motivations of men and providing women with down-to-earth advice on how to create a fulfilling, loving relationship. From sex with the ex to first dates, from the first look to the morning after, Boom leaves nothing out. His straight-talking advice exposes women's weaknesses and is invaluable to any woman determined to avoid common mistakes that lead to heartbreak. This unique guide will show women not only how to find true love with Mr. Right, but also how to avoid Mr. Never-Gonna-Happen, Mr. Infidelity, and a variety of other Mr. Wrongs.


Notes:  A self-help book written by a man for the benefit of women.
Winner of the 2007 Diagram Prize.

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Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
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Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

by Daina Taimina

About the book:  Winner of the Euler Book Prize -- Awarded by the Mathematical Association of America With more than 200 full color photographs, this non-traditional, tactile introduction to non-Euclidean geometries also covers early development of geometry and connections between geometry, art, nature, and sciences. For the crafter or would-be crafter, there are detailed instructions for how to crochet various geometric models and how to use them in explorations. From the Foreword by William Thurston: "These models have a fascination far beyond their visual appearance. As illustrated in the book, there is actually negative curvature and hyperbolic geometry all around us, but people generally see it without seeing it. You will develop an entirely new understanding by actually following the simple instructions and crocheting! The models are deceptively interesting. Perhaps you will come up with your own variations and ideas. In any case, I hope this book gives you pause for thought and changes your way of thinking about mathematics."


Notes:  Mathematical book featuring crocheted hyperbolic planes.
Winner of the 2009 Diagram Prize.
N.B.: the winner of the 2008 Diagram Prize ("The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais") could not be found. But it must be said that it was a computer-generated combination of boilerplate text and public-domain data related to fromage frais, a type of cheese, and not a "real" book by one or many human authors.

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Managing a Dental Practice
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Managing a Dental Practice

by Michael Young

About the book:  The parallel aims of a dental practice are to deliver excellent patient care through highly trained and motivated employees and to maximise income and profit. Achieving these aims as a practice manager demands a clear vision, sound preparation, planning and marshalling of resources, broad business knowledge, an understanding of a rapidly changing world, and above all wise judgement. So why Genghis Khan? Although some in the West see him in negative terms, the Mongol leader created one of the world's greatest empires. His hugely successful strategies included intelligence gathering, understanding his rivals' motivations, being quick to learn and adopt new technologies and ideas, and successful people management. Genghis Khan is one of history's most charismatic and dynamic leaders - and you will need all his skill, strength and tenacity to succeed in both dentistry and business. This 'how to - ' book on survival and empire-building in the dentistry business is ideal for anyone who owns, aspires to own, or is involved in managing a practice. It contains advice relevant to both small and large practices, to dentists working in the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice, and to general and specialist practices. 'This book, in summoning years of valuable experience of the vagaries of dental practice and connecting them with the wider world, provides the reader with an excellent starting point from which to plan, develop and make successful their own practice.' - Stephen Hancocks in his Foreword


Notes:  Full title: "Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way".
How-to guide on managing a dental practice.
Winner of the 2010 Diagram Prize.

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Cooking with Poo
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Cooking with Poo

by Poo Saiyuud Diwong (introduction by Anji Barker)

About the book:  COOKBOOK AND MORE Khun Poo's world renowned and award winning 'Cooking with Poo' is a fabulous collection of Thai recipes and stories of her community all beautifully photographed in and around her kitchen in the Klong Toey slum. This book has been acknowledged by some of the best known Chef's in the world! Khun Poo has already sold more than 17,000 copies since she launched the book in 2012. By purchasing this book and other merchandise you will be assisting the Helping Hands team continue their fight against the cycle of poverty faced by so many men, women and children living in Klong Toey. Author : DIWONG, SAIYUUD Publisher : COOKING WITH POO Category : GENERAL COOKERY Language : ENGLISH Size (W x H) : 180x180x10 Weight : 0.31 Binding : Number of page : 106 Publication Date : Copyrights Year : -


Notes:  Thai cookbook – "Poo" ("ปู") is the author Saiyuud Diwong's nickname.
Winner of the 2011 Diagram Prize.

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