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(Victoria, BC - February 4, 2005) Readers looking for alternatives to bestselling blockbusters should consider Bombproof Your Horse, Knitting With Dog Hair or How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction – all candidates for the world’s weirdest book, according to visitors to

Visitors to the site nominated a series of weird but wonderful titles in an online community forum when discussing the oddest books available through - the world’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print titles with more than 60 million books for sale.

Bird excrement, feline toilet habits, the science of pizzas and accident avoidance while in shipping lanes were highlighted as unusual but unique reading material. Suggestions included:

  • Bombproof Your Horse by Rick Pelicano & Lauren Tjaden - a handy illustrated manual that shows equestrians how to prepare their steed for the unexpected;

  • How To Toilet Train Your Cat by Paul Kunkel - the title says it all;
  • Knitting With Dog Hair by Kendall Crolius & Anne Montgomery - “Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than a sheep you’ll never meet,” says the publisher of this canine classic;

  • How To Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer - there is nothing worse than being run-down by a 10,000-ton container ship while out sailing;
  • How To Be Happy Though Married by EJ Hardy - this gem from 1885 could be one for Valentine’s Day;
  • Teach Your Wife How To Be A Widow by Joseph Newman - another romantic page-turner for February 14 or even an ideal wedding gift;
  • The Thermodynamics Of Pizza by Harold J Morowitz - recommended by Homer Simpson;
  • What Bird Did That? A Driver’s Guide To Some Common Birds Of North America by Peter Hansard & Burton Silver – the first, and probably only, scholarly treatment of bird droppings:
  • How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction by Ann Druffel – a potential best-seller in Roswell, New Mexico.

The homepage is currently highlighting these and other unusual books suggested by visitors to the site.

“Visitors to our website revealed an animal theme in the discussions about the world’s most bizarre book,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at Abebooks. “Books about dog hair sweaters, cat toiletry, equine safety and taxidermy were all discussed at length on the site’s forum. There was even a nomination for a book called Flattened Fauna, a detailed guide to road kill.

“These weird but wonderful titles show there’s much more to books than the bestseller lists. Think of an unusual subject and someone has probably written about it. Ultimately, they add incredible diversity to the book scene and these authors deserve some recognition for their dedication to subjects others would never consider.”


About is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 60 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 12,500 independent booksellers from around the world. Abebooks has millions of registered customers who collectively purchase more than 20,000 books a day from its 4 global websites (,,, A true internet success story, has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr.,
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