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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores Hardcover – September 13, 2012

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"So funny, so sad... Read it and sigh." — –Neil Gaiman

"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

Jen Campbell is a poet, short story writer, and bookseller. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters in English Literature. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores was a London Times bestseller in its UK edition, with rights sold in Germany, Finland, and Sweden. She currently works at an independent bookstore in North London. Visit jen-campbell.blogspot.com for more.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468301284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468301281
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say this was such a joy to read; as a book lover I really appreciated all the weird things customers say in bookstores. I would love to be a bookseller for many reasons but to experience this kind of silliness would really make my day. Well worth a read. You will get some great laughs from these customers with ones like;
"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.
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I'm not sure if this book is actually funny or just plain sad...
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?"
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Some things were made to go together. Peanut butter and jelly, steamed crabs and Heineken, rootbeer and vanilla ice cream, me and Zoe Saldana, John Williams and high trumpets, Irish Spring and hot water, and this book and ANYONE who has worked or is working (*ahem*) in a bookstore.

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.
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This is a fantastic collection of hilarious things people ask, say, and do in book stores. I bought the second book and gave them both to my librarian husband for his birthday. They have since been enjoyed by our daughter as well as the chair of the English Department of the local university. Great, easy read, and a perfect addition to the bathroom for "reading room" time.
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This book is a hoot and a holler. I first saw about the book on Pinterest, and checked my local library to read it before buying to see if it was a book I would go back to. This book made me laugh out loud and I knew I had to have it. It's quirky humor and a great reliever of tension for me when I need a laugh. Would recommend to fellow people who love literary humor.
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Super fast read, but oh so fun! Literary humor blends with customer service humor to make this a delightful little book. The writer is from the UK so there's a nice British slant to the stories, which I love!
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We all know that people can say and do some pretty stupid things.... Well this is a book about the stupid things that are done and said inside of bookstores. Most of the book is from Jen Campbell's own personal experiences working at a bookstore in Edinburgh while others are from other bookstores from around the world.

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!"
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Suffice it to say, the title of this book says it all. I found it to be a very entertaining book, part of which I read on the subway today, suppressing a chuckle every now and then so as now to draw undue attention to myself from fellow riders. I'd like to cite two excerpts from the book which made me laugh:

"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.
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