The Oddest Book Title of the Year


Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way by Michael Young, who teaches clinical dentistry, just won the the Bookseller/Diagram prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, garnering 58% of votes. (Sadly, Cathy Williams’ The Italian’s One-night Love-child reaped a measly 4% of votes, which means that nerdy mothers with an appreciation for large-print romance novels are in mourning.) The annual Diagram prize began in 1978, and it has been decided by a public vote for more than a decade. Young’s manual on building a dental empire will undoubtedly experience a boost in sales with this newfound interest.

Daina Taimina’s unusual book, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes won last year, and its sales shot up by 1500% in a matter of weeks after receiving the prize. Previous titles included: The Origin of Faeces, Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich, and The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin.

Read more about the prize here.