Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

True account of two teens at the Information desk:
Girl 1: Could you help me find books on King Arthur?
Me: Are you looking for historical books about him?
Girl 2: You know, books like on his "I have a dream" speech.
All: . . .
Girl 1: (to Girl 2) Just shut up.

So, two entirely different Kings here. These moments occur rather frequently because people are being people,whether they are at the bookstore, library, store, or anywhere really. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a collection of the things people have actually said at bookstores, and, not surprisingly, some of them are similar to things people would also say at the library.

This humorous quotation book is a fun read. It stems from a bookseller who loves her job and started blogging quotes from encounters that left her speechless, and it just caught on. This book contains experiences from her bookstore, as well as submissions from fellow booksellers. The one-liners, quips, and dialogues from customer interactions are simply presented, with humorous illustrations sprinkled throughout, and organized with catchy chapters, such as What was that Title Again?, You Want What?, Customers Behaving Badly, and The Adult Section. There is no commentary about customers, nor is it mocking. All of this makes the book something you can start on any page and easily flip through, and just let the quotes speak for themselves.

Here are a few examples:
“Where’s your true fiction section?”

“Do you have Campbell’s Soup for the Soul?”

“Have you read every single book in here?”

“Do you have a book that lists aphrodisiacs? I’ve got a date on Friday.”

“Are the books on [the Kindle] paperback or hardback?”

“You look too young to have read a good book.”

Look for Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores in the VBPL Catalog. For library humor and antics, try the Unshelved series by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, also serialized online. For another blog to book, this time about the restaurant world, try Steve Dublanica’s Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip.

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