To herald the publication of this new collection, which features his masterfully told travel stories, I asked David to tell us the origin of his eye-catching title, and offer a list of his 5 favorite unusual book titles. I’m afraid many of them are currently unavailable for NOOK, but you never know what the future may hold.



I was signing a book for a rather pushy woman.”It's for my daughter," she said. "And I want you to write, 'To Vanessa, explore your possibilities.'" I cringed, and told her I'd keep the word 'explore.' Then I wrote "Let's Explore......Diabetes....With.......Owls," realizing as I finished that it would make for a perfect book title.


My 5 Favorite Unusual Book Titles:


1. On His Deathbed The Acrobat Tells His Daughter To Buy Land by Suzanne Cleary

This is perfect in every way. It enriches the word “acrobat,” by

associating it with ”real estate.” Then it throws in parenting for added effect.


2. Helping The Retarded To Know God by Hans R. Hahn

Just when you think organized religion can’t get any sadder, along comes this underlooked masterpiece. The cover is fantastic, but I honestly think the title is enough.


3. A Passion For Donkeys by Elisabeth D. Svendsen

This is a non-fiction book, but the title would work just as well for a novel or poetry



4. Six Studies In Quarreling by Vincent Brome

I came upon this in an antiquarian book store in London. I love that it’s “quarreling” rather

than “arguing” and I love that there are six studies, not five or seven.


This is a collection of profiles by the great Susan Orlean. I bought it

immediately because she’s the author, but likely would have bought it anyway,

thinking Huh?



Tell Me: What’s the most unusual book title you've ever seen?

by jbkay on ‎04-23-2013 09:39 AM

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin