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Books aren't dead, they're just getting weirder. Maybe blame Jeff Bezos, who admits reading his Kindle in the bathtub. The Diagram prize, a prize established in 1978 by the trade magazine The Bookseller for oddest book title, just announced the short list for its 2009 prize. Weird this past year seemed to mean food, as a surprising number of the titles are culinary in theme.
Some of the food-related titles that made the first round included: Bacon: A Love Story, An Intellectual History of Cannibalism, Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich, and A Tortilla is Like Life. Oh, and let's not forget I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and a personal favorite, The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, although I'm not sure why that one is so odd. Maybe it's just catchier than Map-based Comparative Genomics in Legumes or Food Digestion and Thermal Preference of Toad.
The winner will be announced March 26. If you want to vote, go to the Bookseller website.