One of the best parts of my job is that publishing companies send me free books. Also fun is showing colleagues the really weird ones, the ones that make me think: Who's going to buy this? Why was it published? and This is stupid, but it'll probably sell.
It recently dawned on me that you, dear readers, would enjoy these titles, too. So, here's a first installment:
"Hot Guys and Baby Animals": A collection of photographs featuring handsome, shirtless men snuggling with cute animals.
"Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be": Authored by three physicians, this book includes black-and-white photos of X-rays of objects -- a banana, Christmas lights, a screwdriver -- stuck inside various parts of humans and animals. It would be much more interesting if it explained how these events occurred.
"Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery Rhymes": Zombies are all the rage, as you probably know. Last year, I got a copy of "The Zombie Night Before Christmas," so this one didn't even surprise me. The rhymes are also predictable: "There was an old Zombie woman who lived in a shoe. She ate so many children she was covered in goo."