016: Bizarre Books by Russell Ash and Brian Lake

by Gerard

016.082: Ash, Russell & Brian Lake. Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. 210 pp. ISBN 978-0-06-134665-1.

The 000s in the DDC bring us the catch-all sections–encyclopedias, bibligraphies, magazines, and newspapers. Besides being of great help to literary research, bibliographies can be a lot of fun. Readers everywhere love lists of oddities, including books that might actually be interesting. These collections are also good for pointing me towards books in other Dewey sections that I may have found barren of good reads.

In Bizarre Books, compilers Russell Ash and Brian lake bring us all the weird, wacky, and downright strange titles they’ve seen while working as booksellers. Below are the cream of the crop:

  • The Guide to Owning a Quaker Parrot by Gayle Soucek
  • Build Your Own Titanic by Adam Rose
  • A Study of Hospital Waitingt Lists in Cardiff, 1953-1954 by Fred Grundy
  • How to Cook Husbands by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • Little-Known Sisters of Well-Known Men by Sarah J. Pomeroy

This little book will help you realize why no person will ever be able to read everything out there. I was actually surprised to see a book I’ve been thinking about adding to my library (1587, A Year of No Significance). It just goes to show that one man’s weird in another man’s wonderful.