27 December, 2007

Bookseller Stories - #673

A mother and daughter await as I return to the info desk.

"Can I help you?"

"Yes....Well, I am going to be one of THOSE customers - you know, the one you go home and tell your wife about...", the mother says to me.

"You don't mean one of those customers who is looking for a book, but you can't remember the name or author, I saw on a table up front here not that long ago, and it had a green cover?" I replied.

"Exactly, it did have a green cover!", she exclaimed. "But I think I remember the title."

"Really? What is that?"

"The Green Book."

We all laugh.

"Seriously?", I say in that sarcastic way that only I can.


"OK-let me see what the magic computer says..."


"Well, what do you know - such a book indeed exists, and we should have it. It could be in a few places - let me check while you wait here. Of course, if I never come back it just validates that you are indeed one of THOSE customers..."



"Found it - here you are."

"Dude, you're a rock star!"

"Well, I do what I can."