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A Year of Awful: Best of 2011

It is that time of year when we share the best of 2011.  These top posts are the ones that got us the most comments or just happen to tickle us the most.  By all means please share your favorites with us.

Make a resolution for 2012 to weed and maintain your collections and of course share the crazy stuff with us at submit(at)awfullibrarybooks.net

Happy Holidays and Peace for 2012

Mary and Holly

PS. If you want to compare to last year’s “winners,”  click here to read the best of 2010.

 

Russian Phrase Book

Russian Phrase Book: Department of the Army Pamphlet
Headquarters, Department of the Army
1962

 

Chicks, Man

How to Be Outrageously Successful with the Opposite Sex
Hartunian
1991

 

Crips and Bloods

Introducing Issues With (Opposing Viewpoints)
Gangs
Barbour, ed.
2006

 

Ozzie Made Me Do It

Rock’s Hidden Persuader: The Truth About Backmasking
Peters, Peters, and Merrill
1985

 

Like a Living Doll 

Kids Clothes by Meredith Gladstone: A Sewing Book
Gladstone
1976

 

“You are such a tight-ass”

How to Good-bye Depression: If you constrict anus 100 times everyday. Malarkey? Or Effective Way?
Nishigaki
2000

 

God’s Call Girl

God’s Callgirl: A Woman’s Incredible Journey From the Convent to the Massage Parlour
Van Raay
2004

 

Be Bold With Bananas

Be Bold with Bananas
Banana Control Board
1970

Wait for it, because the best picture is this one:

 

Glorious Macrame

Macrame Accessories: Patterns and Ideas for Knotting
Meilach
1977

 

Touched
The Jerry Sandusky Story

From the most unfortunate title for a memoir category.

 

Why Cats Paint
Why Cats Paint: a theory of feline aesthetics
Busch and Silver
1994

What are librarians without our feline friends?

12 Responses to A Year of Awful: Best of 2011

  • Effective way? Malarkey! I’m going to be depressed untill we goodbye that book by weeding 100 times.

  • I just tried out some of the Russian phrases on my Russian-born brother-in-law. He understood some of what I said. Not that that means the book is at all useful.

  • “Russian Phrase Book” was definitely in my top two this year, but my number one did not make the cut. What about “Horny”? Did it not make the cut because it wasn’t actually weeded from the collection? http://awfullibrarybooks.net/?p=11155

  • Yes! The Russian Phrase Book was definitely one of my favorites!!

  • Macrame Accessories was my choice at the time, and I think it has held up well as a jaw-dropper. Still love Why Cats Paint, too.

    I think I missed the Russian phrasebook the first time around. Whoa, asking people who should be LIQUIDATED? Better make sure you know what you’re really saying–a slip of the tongue could be very dangerous!

  • You do realise that the book ‘Why Cats Paint’ is in fact a satire, and is part of a set of three that also consists of Dancing With Cats and Why Paint Cats?
    The three books were intended to mock both those who take themselves and ‘art’ too seriously, and those who endow animals with human qualities.

  • Actually “Why Cats Paint” is hilarious – a very witty satire, I have a copy and wouldn’t part with it.

  • Add me to the fans of “Why Cats Paint.” I loved it — bought it for my sister. I thought it was hilarious. Unless it’s just not circulating, I can’t see why on earth you’d weed it.

  • Another fan of “Why Cats Paint” here – it’s a lovely satire. Like Anita I have a copy and wouldn’t part with it for anything.

    As for “Be bold with bananas” – as a New Zealander I cringe to learn that it originated from New Zealand. That being said, I would love to own a copy to add to my vintage cookbook collection.

  • I secretly want the banana book!

  • We “Why cats paint” fans are rising up here. I am a New Zealander, but bought this book in McMaster University’s bookshop (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) just because I liked the look of it. Having later discovered that it was created by two of my fellow NZers, I was overjoyed! I can now see lots of NZ-ness in the photos. It’s a fab book. I treasure my copy and have bought two others to give to cat-loving friends as gifts. Mary and Holly – are you sure you didn’t mean to put this on the ‘best of’ list?