Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tales from the Bookstore

Today I had a real chuckle at the bookstore. A woman asked for the new childrens book by C. S. Lewis. Now, as you probably know, he's been dead for a long time. Here's the first paragraph about him on Wikipedia:

Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis (29 November 189822 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish writer and scholar. Lewis is known for his work on medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism, and fiction. He is best known today for his series The Chronicles of Narnia.

See, dead for almost 45 years, not writing new books.

We booksellers are frequently amazed at the questions we hear on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorites:

I can’t believe you know who wrote that. (Clockwork Orange, Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.)

This is a incoming phone call:

Do you have a Scrabble Dictionary handy?

- Yes, I can get one from the shelf; do you want me to put one on hold for you?

- No, I have a problem, sort of a bet, and I need you to look up a word for me! ! ! I left him on "ignore".

Is there any one who works here who's an expert on a IMAC? - Not that I'm aware of - I don't believe you, let me talk to the manager!

There’s a new movie out, “Pride and Prejudice”, was that a book first?

A B alphabet 009

These 3 are similar:

Are they (the books) arranged by title?

How are the books arranged?

I need an Anatomy book, are they filed under "A".

Amazing, but fun; customers like these are one of the reasons I keep going to Barnes and Noble three days a week.


Motherhood for Dummies said...

scrabble dictionary... my sister has to have that to play scrabble. She refuses to use the normal webster one. She is a little anal when it comes to scrabble. :)

Chris & Allie said...

Well, at least they are trying to be educated. They are IN a bookstore. ;) And I'm glad that you left the scrabble guy on ignore, too funny.

Pamela said...

maybe he was a ghost writer.

Hey, I ask stupid questions in the book store, too.

Like "Why is this book so #!X# expensive?" hee hee

lisa marie said...

I imagine you do get lots of strange questions. But I love it that you guys usually know your stuff. My son loved loved loved the books. . . I cannot remember the names but the last one was Eldest and he was anxiously awaiting a new book by that author. The only one I had been able to get him to read volunterily. We were told that author is not doing any more books. :(

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