Y’know, you’d figure that when you go work at the Pooh company, they would have like a day of training where they go over this kind of issue with you.
Actually, I bet they figured they would sell a lot of extra copies just because of the title.
I’m a big Winnie-the-Pooh fan (classic, not the Disney version, please), so I’ve faced just this issue. For example, my first sentence could have started with “I’m a big Pooh fan” but I just don’t need that kind of aggravation.
I have never read this book, but the title alone just intrigues me:
**Love In the Time of Cholera **
Sounds like everyone is just yellowish, coughing up a lung and getting it on. Icky.
The Madness of a Seduced Woman by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer.
This is a great book with a seriously cheesy title. I worked in a bookstore when it was released and I couldn’t help but wonder what the customers who bought it for light summer reading, along with 3 Danielle Steele and 2 Jackie Collins novels, made of it.
Might I nominate: “Who Cut the Cheese: A Cultural History of the Fart.”
When I clicked on the link, a pop-up window for Harry Potter #5 appeared.
I knew a place that wanted to have a little Winnie-The-Pooh themed corner for children to access through a tiny door and read stories together. The proposed name was “the Pooh hole”.
Disney said no.
I nominate He Touched Me by Televangelist Benny Hinn.
I always liked The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.
On a Londope fest we found a book dumped in a bin, entitled
The Log of a Cowboy.
Heh, have you folks never heard of How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way? Not only a whacked out title, but a whacked out book as well!
DAMN, Tuckerfan, I was going to bring that one up right now! My parents bought it for my brother as a joke present. It’s unreadable, but the title is great.
Arrrrrgh. I was opening my mouth to ask him exactly what the title is – the book is downstairs. You…you…oh, never mind.
Sorry for the slight hijack, but matt_mcl mentioned Christopher Hitchens’s excellent book about Mother Teresa called The Missionary Position. I have a copy, and it’s a truly great book for anyone with a taste for healthy, skeptical debunking of modern myths. Highly recommended.
You can get entire books devoted to weird and unbelievable book titles, and doubtless there are lists of such on the web.
As someone with an unfeasibly large collection of books on fringe, weird and paranormal subjects, I can say that very few have commensurately weird titles. Jim Schnabel wrote a good book on crop circles which was entitled Round In Circles, which I liked, and super-skeptic James Randi wrote a book on faith healing which, in some places, is simply listed as Randi Faith Healers. Gamini Salgado edited a fascinating book on Elizabethan scam artists called Cony-Catcher and Bawdy Baskets, which is one of my favourite titles, as is a self-help book by whacky Wayne Dyer called Your Erroneous Zones. Sadly, nothing the good Dr. Dyer writes about could be as erroneous as some of his own daft ideas (e.g. when a dentist is drilling deep into your root canal without anaesthetic, you ‘choose’ whether or not you feel pain. Don’t think so, Doc.)
Best title I can remember (no cite) is a real book devoted to sea-sickness called Why Did You Have To Bring That Up?.
Could everyone just take a second to read the description and comments for the book on the amazom webpage that Tuckerfan linked? That is the funniest thing I have read all day.
Bald Mountain Men.
Sorry, I misinterpreted the OP. May I offer the following to make amends?
100th Anniversary Edition - Leather Bound (!)
As I recall, some of the chapter titles were pretty unfortunate too. I don’t actually remember any of them (I was probably busy dodging pigeons), but I do remember TwistofFate exclaiming “This is just pornography!”