Out of Print Lists

To continue my fetish for book lists with a rather unusual entry …

The folks at BookFinder have come up with a decidedly offbeat list for you — it’s the 100 most searched-for out-of-print books. Yes, this is a compilation of the most popular books that you can’t easy locate that people nonetheless are trying to find. When you see the entire list, you may be forgiven for wondering why anyone would want to waste time trying to find one of these books under any circumstances, but then let us remember that we all have our own fetishes.

The number one most searched-for title — betcha’ won’t guess this, either — is Madonna’s “Sex.” Yep, that mostly picture book that most bookstores kept under wraps a few years ago. Apparently while it may have gone out of print it has never gone out of the mind of a lot of people. Number two on the list is the Stephen King/Richard Bachman book “Rage” followed by Nora Roberts’ “My Pretty Pony.” I’m guessing you didn’t guess those two titles either, right?

I don’t have the space or the inclination to publish the complete list (you can find it at BookFinder), but it includes the steamy slavery era novel “Mandingo” by Kyle Onstott, Johnny Cash’s “Man inBlack,” the largely indecipherable “Codex Seraphinianus” by the Italian artist/visionary Luigi Serafini, “The Jerusalem Bible” illustrated by Salvador Dali, “Collector’s Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols,” a steamy slavery era novel by Kyle Onstott “Drum,” “102 Favorite Paintings” by Norman Rockwell, “Sisters,” the erotic novel by Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, “Murmurs of Earth” by Carl Sagan, “Practical Gunsmithing,” “Basic Medical Laboratory Subjects” and finally a steamy slavery era novel by Kyle Onstott, “The Black Sun.”

See any patterns there?

Well, maybe you’re wondering who the heck Kyle Onstott is? Actually, it’s WAS. He died at the age of 79 in 1966, nine years after “Mandingo” was published. He was originally a dog breeder whose later books — that is, the posthumously published ones — were mostly written by somebody else but which apparently still resonate with some readers.

If you have a chance, check out the entire list. It might have something you’d care about in it.

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