Friday, September 14, 2007

The strangest things are hard to find

If only books that top out-or-print rarities wishlists were sought after because of their content alone... sadly, that's hardly ever the case.
The Great Tool Emporium, described as "a pictorial extravaganza of tools", is just one of a number of what BookFinder calls "guy books" to dominate the lists. Also featured are The Book of Bond; or, Every Man His Own 007 by Kingsley Amis, Hell, I Was There! by the rancher, big game hunter and firearms innovator Elmer Keith, and Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick.

As a counterbalance to the testosterone, also sought after are The Principles of Knitting, Knitting Lace and I Do: Achieving your Dream Wedding by Jessica Simpson.

Madonna tops the arts and music list with her 1992 photobook, Sex, while the biography list shows a hunger for works about boxer Rubin Carter, singer Johnny Cash and the British occultist Aleister Crowley.

The most searched-for fiction titles range from the relatively recent but out-of-print - Nora Roberts' bodice-ripper Promise Me Tomorrow - to novels by Nancy Mitford (Wigs on the Green) and CS Lewis (The Allegory of Love).

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