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Publishers can be very weird people.
on May 28, 2016
As a cataloger in one of the largest libraries on America's east coast, I have continually been struck by some of the strange and bizarre titles that cross my desk in an average year. Some are so esoteric, such as "Jewish Chess Masters on Postage Stamps" (NOT cited by these authors) that you wonder what the entire world market for the book is. Other titles have inappropriate or comical authors. Russel Ash and Brian Lake have culled library catalogs to find hilarious examples of such works. This is a book to dip into for brief swims rather than be devoured from cover to cover. It will make you painfully aware of the adage of publishers, "Leave no demographic untouched." I would be remiss in not pointing out that this book was compiled by two British authors. What Americans and Brits find funny are not always the same thing. Even so there are enough gut busters to make both sides of the Atlantic happy. The really frightening thing is that, given the state of publishing today, with little effort this book could be twice as long.