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4/1/08: The Book Bizarre

Photo by Kendra
Photo by Kendra

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday, we're offering a list of bizarre books for this most foolish of holidays. From fake works like the book on silence - consisting of entirely blank pages - to serious tomes with titles like "Inquiry into the Medicinal Value of the Excreta of Reptiles," our team of local booksellers has seen it all. We hope you'll join us with your own "weird book" suggestions as well.

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Children's Books: Betsy Burton, Catherine Weller, Ken Sanders
Adult Titles: Catherine Weller, Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders
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Children's Books

  • Betsy Burton
  • Catherine Weller
  • Ken Sanders
    Adult Titles
  • Catherine Weller
  • Betsy Burton
  • Ken Sanders

    Children's Books Betsy Burton
    The King's English

    Knock Knock, Dial Books for Young Readers
    The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: How to Never Grow Up, The Complete Guide, Klutz Press
    Mouth Sounds, Fred Newman, Workman Press

    Catherine Weller
    Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

    Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, Neil Gaiman
    Slant Book, Peter Newell, Peter
    Lawn Boy, Gary Paulsen

    Ken Sanders
    Ken Sanders Rare Books

    Harlin Quist Books:
    Number 24 Guy Billout
    Millicent the Monster. Story by Mary Lystad. Pictures by Victoria Chess.
    The Geranium on the Windowsill just died, but teacher You Went Right On, Albert Cullum
    Just Because You're Big You think You're Right
    He Was There From The Day We Moved In, Rhoda Levine & Edward Gorey
    Murphy, Molly Max & Me, Albert Cullum. Pictures by Henri Galeron.

    Other Children's Authors:
    Edward Gorey: The Bug Book, Amphigorey and Amphogorey Too
    's ABZ Adult Books

    Catherine Weller
    Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

    Bell, Michael: Scouts in Bondage: And Other Violations of Literary Propriety
    Brock, Pope.: Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
    Clutterbuck, Henry: Lectures on Blood-letting; Delivered at the General Dispensary, Aldersgate Street
    Drury, William: Norton I, Emperor of the United States: A Biography of One of America's Most Colorful Eccentrics
    Ferreira, Charity: Peeps! Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat.
    Hastings, John: Inquiry into the Medicinal Value of the Excreta of Reptiles, in Phthisis and Some Other Diseases
    Headquarters, I.U. Science Fiction Club: Tricks, Wicked
    Headquarters, I.U. Science Fiction Club: Tricks, Dirty
    Headquarters, I.U. Science Fiction Club: Tricks, Rotten
    Headquarters, I.U. Science Fiction Club: Tricks, Awful
    Headquarters, I.U. Science Fiction Club: Tricks, Nasty
    Hogshire, Jim: You are Going to Prison
    Hostess: Twinkies Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection
    Iglesisas, Chuck: Get Stuffed: 24 Projects for the Bereaved Pet Owner
    Kenemore, Scott: Zen of Zombie: Better Living through the Undead
    Loewen, James W: Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
    Peep, Beau: What a Young Man Should Know
    ReSearch Press: ReSearch #4/5
    Roach, Mary: Bonk: The Curious Coupline of Science and Sex
    Schnakenberg, Robert: Secret Lives of Great Authors
    Smith Magazine: Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers.
    Stein, Elissa: Prom Night: The Best Night of Your Life
    Voronoff, Serge: Rejuvenation by Grafting
    Chase, Clifford: Winkie
    Evenson, Brian: Altman's Tongue
    Hall, Steven: Raw Shark Texts
    Knox, Tyler: Kockroach
    Ruff, Matt: Bad Monkeys
    Russell, Karen: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
    Webster, Emma Campbell: Lost in Austen
    Wood, Danielle: Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls
    Betsy Burton
    The King's English

    Alcott, Louisa May: More Little Women, Big Sisters Publishing LTD*
    Austen, Jane: Shame and Degradation, Repression Press*
    Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Three Cities, Seafarer Press*

    * April Fools!

    Bell, Michael (ed): Scouts in Bondage and other Violations of Literary Propriety, Simon & Schuster
    Cathcart, Thomas & Daniel Klein: Plato and Platypus Walk Into a Bar, Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein, Abrams
    Groves, Eric: Butt Rot and Bottom Gas: A Glossary of Tragically Misunderstood Words, Quirk Press
    Reiter, Mark and Richard Sandomir (eds): The Enlightened Bracketologist: Final Four of Everything
    Robins, Harry S (editor and illustrator): Meaning of Lost Socks, Dr. Perditus Pedale, M. D. Ph. D., Frog LTD
    Rose, David: They Call Me Naughty Lola, Scribner
    Smith Magazine: Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers, HarperPerennial
    Ken Sanders
    Ken Sanders Rare Books

    Books as Objects
    Encyclopedia Britannica. The Index. The book is devoid of pages and is hollow inside.
    Salt Lake City in a Nutshell An accordion style view book of Salt Lake City with a walnut shell for its binding.

    Manners and the Lack Thereof
    Donleavy, J. P.: The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners
    Whistler, James Abbot McNeill: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

    Miniature Books
    Thomas, Peter & Donna: Miniature Leaf Books. (With actual leafs from other miniature books bound in.)
    Thomas, Peter & Donna: Half Dome - A Climbing History. (With colored linocut illustrations)
    Thomas, Suzanne: Just Because I'm Blonde

    Subverting the System
    (Revenge, Getting Even, Dirty Tricks)
    Hoffmann, Abbie: Steal This Book. Hayduke, George Washington. Getting Even, Volumes One & Two

    Fake Books
    Albertus, Fra: Essay on Silence. (This book is completely blank)
    Lindman, Wilford D.: All I Know About Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. (Completely Blank)
    Everything Men Know About Women (You guessed it, blank)

    Canetti, N. & Sandhaus S: Count Sheep (Page after page of printed pictures of sheep)

    Hoaxes, Fads, Follies, Delusions, Madness, etc.
    Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre Players: War of the Worlds
    Mencken, H. L.: The Bathtub Hoax
    Boese, Alex.: The Museum of Hoaxes. A History of Outrageous Pranks & Deceptions
    Mackay, Charles: Extraordinary Popular Delusions, and the Madness of Crowds
    Sann, Paul: Fads, Follies and Delusions: A pictorial Story of Madnesses, crazes and crowds phenomena

    Utah: We Are A Peculiar People and so are our books
    Wyman, Carolyn: Jello: The History and Mystery of America's Most Famous Dessert
    Wyman, Carolyn: Spam: A Biography

    Weird Religion
    Ra, Summum Bonum Amen. SUMMUM Sealed, Except to the Open Mind
    Swingler, David H. WWW.URIM AND THUMMIN.GOD
    Weird Science, Medicine and Technology
    Moray, Thomas Henry (Self published pamphlets by the author, 1920s-1930s.)
    --- The Sea of Energy On Which The Earth Floats
    --- Brief History of the Moray Radiant Device
    --- Beyond The Light Rays

    Huizenga. Cold Fusion- The Scientific Fiasco of the Century
    Webster, Bruce F. The Y2K Survival Guide: Getting to, Getting Through and Getting Past the Year 2000 Problem
    Baker, Robert A.(ed.) A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown
    Japiske, Carl. (ed.) Fart Proudly Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School
    Ellis, Arthur. The Divining Rod: A History of Water Witching.
    Ellenbogen, Glenn (ed.) Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality

    Parodies and Satires
    Albran, Kehlog. The Profit
    Harvard Lampoon. Bored of the Rings
    Garson, Barbara. MacBird!
    Fisher, David. Chicken Poop for the Soul: Stories to Harden the Heart and Dampen the Spirit
    Van Rooten, Luis d'Antin. Mots D'Heures Gousses: The d'Antin Manuscript
    Slime, R. U. Gooflumps. An Unauthorized Parody. (WARNING! Not a Goosebumps Book.)

    Fictitious Books - Dictators and Madmen (The Little Red Book Goes On and On and On )
    Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung. Foreign Language Press
    Quotations from Chairman LBJ. 1968. New York. Simon & Schuster
    Quotations from Chairman Jesus. Compiled by David Kirk of the Emmaus Community. NY 1969
    Kim Jong Il. The People's Leader. by Choe In Su. Pyongyang, Korea. 1983. Foreign Languages Press

    Self Inflicted So Called Self Help Books (Pseudo Shrinkage)
    Fulghum, Robert
    --- What On Earth Have I Done?
    --- It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It
    --- Uh Oh
    --- Maybe, Maybe Not

    Dyer, "Dr." Wayne Dyer: Your Erroneous Zones

    I am Elvis: A Guide to Elvis Impersonators

    Poetry Gone Mad and Bad
    Nimoy, Leonard. I Am Not Spock

    Weird in a Wonderful Way. (Redefining what a book is)
    Bateman, Edward: Gutenberg. [He took two old fashioned computer discs and put the complete text of The Odyssey, The New Testament, Tao Te Ching, The Canterbury Tales, Huckleberry Finn, A Tale of Two Cities, The Tempest, Pride and Prejudice and Hamlet onto the discs. Then he letter pressed a text narrative explaining what he had done and how the magnetic fields and iron oxide on the discs would degrade in fifty years, leaving only the letter press printed pages.]

    Asimov, Isaac and Karel Capek: I, ROBOT. Three Laws of Robotics [A handmade book by Jan and Jarmila Sobota. The book itself is a miniature mechanical robot, with the text spilling out of its innards.]

    Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. [Sherlock Holmes' most chilling case, here presented with the text of the story printed as the teeth of the hound itself and the book a three dimensional hound's head These artist's books simply must be seen to be believed. They are too difficult to describe.

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