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Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product

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Poop Culture


How many of us can actually say that we are conducting field research every time we convene at the toilet to expel solid waste? A few intrepid writers like poopreport.com‘s David Praeger can lay claim to exactly that. This select group of authors explore the scatalogical, the factological, and the meta-coprological aspects of this daily ritual, and have produced a solid body of work that includes such luminary titles as The Zen of Farting, What Shat That?, and Who Cut The Cheese?

If you believe that every room in your house should have it’s own book, one that perfectly matches it’s thematic qualities, then Poop Culture might be for you. Just like a cookbook belongs in the kitchen, and the Kama Sutra in your bedroom, Poop Culture‘s place should be firmly lodged in your bathroom. Just be sure to have some fun with it and not take it too serious, ok?

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  • [...] Pretty is not only a wonderfully daring play on words, but is also written by a real doctor (unlike David Praegger). It is also, apparently, chock full of advise. This is straight from the review section: I just [...]

  • daphne says:

    Dave was my boss on Poopreport.com for three years before he sold the site earlier this year. He’s one of the smartest persons I know, and his writing style is fluid and effortless. I do recommend this book for people to read because it’s not scatological. The book covers serious issues like world sanitation and its history. Dave even was invited to the World Toilet Organization’s convention in 2007, which is an organization that fights the problems third world countries have every day with sanitation. 1.6 million children die every year from drinking tainted water, for example.

    I appreciate that this site picks weird books, but I think you missed the mark on what this book truly was about. Sadly, you sound like just about every other person who hears the word poop and reacts like a fifth grader.

    • Guy Montag says:

      Daphne, I appreciate your comment and realize that there are serious health and sanitation issues involved. That said, BookFail tries to bring nothing but levity to the medium, and it’s clear from the book cover that Mr. Praeger appreciates the simple humor associated with the topic.

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