CUSTOMER: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?
CUSTOMER: I really enjoyed her first book.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary?
CUSTOMER: Yes, the diary.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary wasn’t fictional.
BOOKSELLER: Yes… She really dies at the end – that’s why the diary finishes. She was taken to a concentration camp.
CUSTOMER: Oh… that’s terrible.
BOOKSELLER: Yes, it was awful -
CUSTOMER: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.”
“What is your biggest pet peeve?” That simple twitter question posed by John Cleese inspired bookseller and writer Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the amusing, baffling, and just plain hilarious exchanges taking place 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 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?” And not to be missed is the chapter “Books for Kindling” a revealing look at the battle between e-books and p-books.
Humanity is doomed. At least it’s funny to watch from a distance. Hilarious book and a great look at the patience of booksellers and librarians. Bless you all…. A lot.
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