first_imgLONDON – 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 there’s plow crush – where a cart gets crushed by a snow plow – and train crush,” Montague said. “Stray Shopping Carts” received one-third of the more than 5,500 votes cast by members of the public on the Web site of trade magazine The Bookseller. 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 Mascio’s 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). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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