The guardians of the bookstores that are still standing are the intrepid booksellers. A bookseller is one part librarian, one part salesperson, one part teacher, and several parts book lover. Not only do they know their way around the store, they know their way around literature. Each day they answer dozens of questions and lead readers to the titles they seek. But not all of the customers’ questions warrant an intelligent, thoughtful answer. To shed some light on the amusing side of book selling, Jen Campbell and her colleagues gathered some of the most entertaining and baffling questions that customers posed, revealing the underbelly of the modern enlightened technological society — the semiliterate.
Customer holding a copy of Little Women: “Is this a book about really short people?
Customer holding up a copy of Hunger Games and a dieting book: “Which of these dieting books would you recommend?
A mother is holding Gone With the Wind. Her son asks, “Is that a book about farts?”
Customer: What is so great about The Great Gatsby, anyway? Was he a superhero or something?
Customer: Hi, I’m looking for a Bible for my mother but I’m not quite sure who the author is.
For further reading: More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell, Overlook (2013)