AbeBooks' Weird Book Room

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  1. nanuq says:

    I had to Google Le Petomane to find out what made it so remarkable. Now I’m sorry I did.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A9tomane

  2. Daddyology says:

    I also have Mrs. Bryne’s dictionary and have found really, really fun to go through.

    Some others that seem quite interesting: “The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories” simply because I didn’t know there were lesbian horses; “A History of Orgies” just because … well, just because; and “How to Survive a Robot Uprising” seems useful (even if I, for one, welcome our etc. etc. etc.).

    One I have no interest in at all is “The Haunted Vagina.” It reminds me too much of a girl I dated in college.

    Oh, and nanuq: I wonder if that explains the name for the Gov in “Blazing Saddles” … ? :-)

  3. Gunn says:

    I’m pleased to see that Clarion West grad Carlton Mellick III has a book in the Weird Book room. (Way to go, Carlton!) But I’m a little surprised that the ABE-WB has only one Mellick book noted. I believe all Carlton’s books are weird and provocative. For more, see http://carltonmellick.com.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A Social History of the Machine Gun is actually a fascinating history of war, class, race, technology, etc. One of the few books assigned for a class that I continue to read and recommend.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I know I enjoyed reading The Thermodynamics of Pizza, though I don’t actually remember all that much about it…

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have one I just can’t part.

    “Hippies, Drugs and Promiscuity” by Suszanne Labin

  7. Pantograph says:

    “Doga: Yoga for dogs” is a must have, if only to see if they teach Downward Facing Human.

  8. Freddie Freelance says:

    So, was Karl Marx a Satanist?

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a great feature! This is fantastic. Personally, I like “Soldier Bear” (what a cover) and “Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps”.

    Awesome. I’m buying some.

  10. Talia says:

    More importantly, ARE the English human? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Nash Rambler says:

      “More importantly, ARE the English human? Inquiring minds want to know.”

      I myself have long suspected the British of being a race of tea-loving pod aliens, whose demure manners and excellent chocolate are merely luring the rest of the world into their trap.

  11. Nevermore says:

    When you replace the word “book” by “blog”, the weirdness suddenly decreases. I’m not so sure if I’d be pleased to stumble upon a blog dedicated to amateur taxidermists though…

  12. maoinhibitor says:

    I have to give a shout out to Elissa Stein, who co-authored Flow… you’ve made BoingBoing, Elissa!

  13. Jewels Vern says:

    Well, I sure misunderstood something there. The story plainly said “Book Room” but there are no books. It’s only an online catalog for a book store.

  14. Billegible says:

    Proud owner of Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary. I like odd books and have a few that I should probably recommend to them as additions… wish I had a few more of the ones on that page!

  15. Tokoloshe says:

    I have two. Was Karl Marx a Satanist and Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary (Herci=armpit hair). Ah, the joy of working at a library.

  16. PeaceLove says:

    I have 2 – The Gun book and Le Petomane, the thrilling history of the master Fartiste who took Paris by storm (heh heh) around the turn of the 20th century. I’d also put my copies of Eric Dingwall’s The Girdle of Chastity and Douglas Miller’s You Can’t Do Business With Hitler up against some of those choices any day!

  17. aeriegnome says:

    Wierd book central in Toronto is Monkey’s Paw Books and Curio’s. Check out the “front window” blog for jaw-dropping examples of Hunh? books. No kidding, these books are real.

    http://mo-paw.blogspot.com/

  18. Hagrid says:

    Ha ha ha ha “The English: Are They human?” made me laugh!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Aw, I’ve only got one, and it’s “Monk Habits for Everyday People”. I did add a whole bunch to my wish list, though.

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