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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

I have worked in two bookstores. One was a college store, an independent. The other was an off-brand Barnes and Noble. One reason I went to work at the B+N despite it being a drop in pay for me, was because I wanted, at minimum, to be dealing with people who were literate (or pretended to be) and who appeared to be sober, after working at a box office. I had decided these were my bare minimum standards for dealing with the public. Yet it was still astonishing what questions people asked. I wish it had occurred to me to write them down!

If you want a quick laugh, wonder who would ask who wrote Shakespeare's books, what Jane Austen has published lately, and if a bookstore would consider selling cleaning products, this book is for you. It's a cute little gift book that sadly does give a good idea of what it's like to work in a bookstore. The customers might be mostly literate, but that doesn't mean they don't ask stupid questions. And we can giggle, knowing we are much smarter and would never ask these questions ourselves.

I bought this book at an independent bookstore, Panassus Books, in Nashville, TN.

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