Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores
"What is your biggest pet peeve?" This simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese inspired bookseller Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore, everything from "Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?" to "Did Charles... show more
"What is your biggest pet peeve?" This simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese inspired bookseller Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore, everything from "Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?" to "Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun?" Anyone who has ever worked in retail will nod knowingly at requests like "I’ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter?" Or the absurdity of questions like "Excuse me . . . is this book edible?" Filled with fun and quirky illustrations by the award-winning Brothers McLeod and featuring contributions from booksellers across the United States and Canada, as well as the author's native UK, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday. This irresistible collection is proof positive that booksellers everywhere are heroes.
Publish date: September 13th 2012
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
Series: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (#1)
Short, cute and entertaining, though it did make me wonder about people...
I was looking for something to read last night after finishing Notes from a Public Typewriter and found this in my stacks. I have no recollection of buying it. In fact, not only was I prepared to swear I didn't have it, I actually did say, not 48 hours ago, that I didn't have a copy. Excellent or...
As much as I may like books, the (very romantcised) idea of working in a bookshop has never appealed to me, ... because the thought (based on my memory) of having to deal with the general public is enough to cure any illusion one may have about being surrounded by books and readers all day. And wh...
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell is very reminiscent of I Work in a Public Library which I reviewed early last year. Both books include true stories of interactions and incidents that occurred in places which feature books as the main attraction. Jen's book talks about people...
3,5 stars.Funny book that had me laughing a lot. However, I don't recommend reading it in only in one day, as I got a bit too tired of all the jokes by the time I reached the end of the book.It made me wonder if some people leave their brains at home before they leavin in the mornings.