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‘Stray Shopping Carts’ is oddest book title

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LONDON When it comes to wacky titles, a book on rogue shopping carts goes straight to the express lane for winners.The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification was named the winner Friday of the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for oddest book title.The book, written by Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist Julian Montague and published by Harry N. Abrams, offers a mock-scientific taxonomy of the varieties of lost shopping carts, from the simply discarded to the elaborately vandalized.Then theres plow crush where a cart gets crushed by a snow plow and train crush, Montague said.Stray Shopping Carts received a third of the more than 5,500 votes cast by members of the public on the Web site of trade magazine The Bookseller.Its a sort of strange honor to have, Montague said. But I welcome the publicity and its nice that people are finding out my book exists.Runner-up was Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan, by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov, Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov and Alex Binnie (Bennett & Bloom).Other finalists were How Green Were the Nazis? by Franz-Josef Bruggemeier, Mark Cioc and Thomas Zeller (Ohio University Press) a study of the environmental policies of the Third Reich; Di Mascios Delicious Ice Cream: Di Mascio of Coventry: an Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans, by Roger De Boer, Harvey Francis Pitcher, and Alan Wilkinson (Past Masters); Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium (Kluwer); and Better Never To Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into Existence, by David Benatar (Clarendon Press).

The Bookseller: http://www.thebookseller.com Stray Shopping Cart Project: http://www.strayshoppingcart.com

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