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Monday, November 26, 2007 11:51 am
Of Course, Winnie’s Last Name Is No Great Shakes, Either
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, much-lambasted for having eliminated its book editor (the position, not the person), offers the World’s Worst Book Title: Cooking with Pooh.

Yep.

If it’s any consolation to the runners-up, in my opinion, they were all bad enough to win, too.

Well, folks, we had a squeaker in the vote for World’s Worst Book Title ever. But the Supreme Court was called in for an emergency ruling, and by a 5-4 vote they declared George Bush to be the winner.

No, wait. Wrong vote. The winner was "Cooking With Pooh," which is a real book from Disney. It barely beat out "Letting It Go: a History of American Incontinence," "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification" (which I think maybe some people did not realize is also a real book) and "Everything You’ll Need to Remember About Alzheimer’s."

I wonder if it’s any coincidence that none of these books were selected for review by Booklist. I mean, we don’t judge books by their titles, of course (we reserve snap judgments for covers), but hey, you only get to make a first impression once.

Any other bad book titles on anyone’s mind at the moment?

(Via Quick Study, who has his own vias.)


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