… the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Six or the Dinosaur Cookbook? Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is just what the title suggests, a compilation of anecdotes collected by Jen Campbell from her own experiences and stories shared by booksellers around the world. It has everything from misunderstood titles and people desperate for the latest in their favorite series, to a customer who wants her books delivered down the street because it’s raining.
Some of the stories involve innocent mistakes and people simply having a bad day. Others will show you the incredible depths of rudeness to which some people will sink. Can you imagine ordering a pizza to be delivered at the store where you are shopping, or wanting to return a book that had been dropped into a bathtub filled with water, or insisting every bookstore in the world stop carrying the book that gave your child nightmares? These are only some of the strange things people have done in shops. Fortunately, library patrons are much more sensible and kind than bookstore customers!
Reviewed by Fran (staff)