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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores Hardcover – September 13, 2012
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"Both a celebration of the wonders of bookshops and an affectionate look at the huge variety of people that frequent them." — A Case for Books Blog
About the Author
Greg McLeod, one half of The Brothers McLeod, is an award winning illustrator, animator and director. Greg has a distinctive hand drawn style and has worked on a wide range of projects including animation, illustration, exhibitions and book covers. Visit bromc.co.uk for more.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Do you have this children's book I've heard about? It's supposed to be very good. It's called Lionel Richie and the Wardrobe."
"Do you stock Nigella Lawson under `Sex' or `Cookery'?"
"Is this book edible?"
"Did Anne Frank ever write a sequel - I really enjoyed her first book?"
Plus many, many more.
Having worked in customer service (not in a bookstore) I can assure you that there are ridiculous requests everywhere, and although they may seem funny at the time, in reality it is quite sad that there is still such ignorance in the world.
Regardless, this did have its funny moments as well as its "I can't believe someone would actually say that!" moments. I did get quite a giggle out of it :)
Favorite horrifying quote:
"CUSTOMER: My children are just climbing your bookshelves. That's ok, isn't it? They won't topple over, will they?"
This book (page 38) is a glimpse of just some of the stupid, weird, jaw dropping, sphincter clinching, WTF, and "you gotta be kidding me" questions and comments that bookseller go through on a daily basis. Let me repeat that... on a daily basis. In my eight hour shift there is always one person who makes me wonder if their parents are brother and sister. I keep a copy of this on our front counter for two reasons. 1. To read when I should be working and 2. Hand selling books don't come any easier than this.
As I alluded to earlier, this book is perfect for book sellers, book lovers, people who love book lovers, and more importantly, people who are looking for that perfect book to get that impossible to buy for bibliophile. (page 38) Christmas is coming and aside from a gift card from their favorite indie bookstore, or a hammock on an island next to a stack of books, this book is the next perfect choice.
This book is broken into chapters each with a different category filled with the comedic absurdity that we call 'work'. Read it. Not all at once though. Share it. Laugh at it. Laugh with it. Take notes to send in for part two. (I have no idea if there will be a part two). If you want more, Jen has a blog and is on Twitter.
Eight hours later: (in my Spongebob voice) I just checked her blog this morning and she is indeed (page 38) working on a part two! So if you missed sending in your entry for this one then do not miss #2.Read more ›
My Thoughts: I laughed so hard at the things in this book. Some of the things that these people had to deal with I just couldn't believe it. Very funny stuff!
Actual Quotes From The Book:
"Five-year-old girl : Mommy, I could stay in here all day!
Mother: I don't know why you read; it'll never get you anywhere."
"Customer: Do you have any pop-up books on sex education?"
"Customer: Do you have Harry Potter book seven, part two?
Bookseller: Book seven is just one volume.
Customer: But the movie has two parts, so there must be a second book. They don't just make movies from nothing!"
"Customer: Do you stock Nigella Lawson under 'sex' or 'cooking'?
"Bookseller: It's a tough call, isn't it?"
"Customer (holding up a copy of Ulysses): 'Why is this book so long? Isn't it supposed to be set in a single day? How can this many pages of things happen to one person in one day? I mean, I get up, have breakfast, go to work, come home... sometimes I might go out for a drink, and that's it! And, I mean, that doesn't fill a book, does it?' "
This is a book that can be easily read (and savored) in a few hours. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good book. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, but it definitely had it's moments. Would buy another book by this author.Published 20 days ago by Xariazs
I haven't worked in a bookstore, but I have worked with plenty of people so I have heard my share of crazy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ly G
hate is too strong a word but I disliked it and found it trivial and boringPublished 4 months ago by Janet Higby
This is definitely a fun read, it is purely meant for entertainment purposes, I don't know that you get anything else out of it, or that there is anything to learn from this book -... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Shamma
Very good book if you need a laugh! Love that the booksellers tell there story of what they go through while on there job.Published 6 months ago by mgonz129
A few good laughs to relax you when turning in for the nightPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is highly entertaining and worth the read for any book lover. It is a fairly short read and I actually finished it in just over one bubble bath worth of time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Author Jane B Night