Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

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"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...

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Overview

"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.

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Editorial Reviews

A Case for Books Blog
"Both a celebration of the wonders of bookshops and an affectionate look at the huge variety of people that frequent them."
Neil Gaiman
"So funny, so sad... Read it and sigh."
-Neil Gaiman
"So funny, so sad... Read it and sigh."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468301281
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 285,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Jen Campbell is a poet, short story writer, and bookseller. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters in English Literature. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores was a London Times bestseller in its UK edition, with rights sold in Germany, Finland, and Sweden. She currently works at an independent bookstore in North London. Visit jen-campbell.blogspot.com for more.

Greg McLeod, one half of The Brothers McLeod, is an award winning illustrator, animator and director. Greg has a distinctive hand drawn style and has worked on a wide range of projects including animation, illustration, exhibitions and book covers. Visit bromc.co.uk for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    This book is hilarious; I especially enjoyed the "Map of th

    This book is hilarious; I especially enjoyed the "Map of the Sun".....

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    This book is so funny!!!!!!!!

    This book is so funny!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Funny book if you've ever worked in a bookstore

    Funny book if you've ever worked in a bookstore

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