If the popularity of “Ten Books You’ll Never Believe Got Published” is any indication, it’s more than obvious that you readers have a voracious appetite for, well, weirdness. (For better or for worse, my name may be permanently linked to Google searches for Pornogami: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults and Images You Should Not Masturbate To.) So, in an effort to give the people what you want, here are ten more literary releases that will once again have you saying, “I can’t believe that got published!”
10. Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, by Aye Jay. This book’s description says it all: a “juxtaposition of hard-core thugs portrayed through a children’s medium.”
9. 50 Sad Chairs, by Bill Keaggy. This pictorial of allegedly miserable chairs in the St. Louis area could only be improved by having its own dedicated website. Hey, wait a minute: www.50sadchairs.com.
8. Cooking with a Serial Killer: Recipes from Dorothea Puente, by Shane Bugbee. A collection of gourmet recipes from a convicted mass murderer, what?
7. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, by Julian Montague. A “must-have for anyone with a passion for shopping carts and a love of the great outdoors.” Noted!
6. Urine Therapy: Confessions of a Mad Pee Drinker, by P.P. Powers. One can only hope that the author’s name is a pseudonym. Otherwise, God has a twisted sense of humor…
5. Kama Pootra: 52 Mind-Blowing Ways to Poop, by Daniel Cole Young. I can’t say it any better than the book’s own description: “The Kama Pootra offers a thrilling rediscovery of the tiled path to porcelain nirvana…”
4. Here’s the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore, by Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. This slightly more mainstream title begs the question: Did anyone seriously shell out money for this book? If so, we can only hope it was for gag-gift purposes.
3. How to Sharpen Pencils, by David Rees. Pencil sharpening is serious business: just ask David Rees. It can also be a deeply philosophical endeavor: “Putting a point on a pencil—making it functional—is to lead it out of Plato’s cave and into the noonday sun of utility.” After reading this brilliantly odd book, you’ll never look at pencils the same way again!
2. Rigor Amortis, edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt. Zombie erotica! This collection of short fiction blends together the seemingly disparate categories of zombie fiction and hardcore erotica. Deeply disturbing and relentlessly sexy, this is an unforgettable—and quite possibly traumatizing—read.
1. Dancing with Cats, by Burton Silver and Heather Busch. I saved the best for last. Although the pictures inside this book made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, this topic is apparently both historically significant and highly contentious. Here’s an excerpt from the preface: “In this enlightened age, dancing with cats no longer attracts anti-pagan scrutiny, but there still remains a good deal of controversy surrounding the reasons why cats dance with us…”
Are you planning to seek out any of these wild and crazy books?