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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Power of Coelho Compels You

Lady: "I want to tell you something. I found a book on the street."

Me: "Oh! Was it a library book?"

Lady: "No. I started reading it. And it's not that I don't like it. It's just that it's WOO HOO WOW."

Me: "Oh...kay..."

Lady: "It's a very strong book. I don't regret reading it."

Me: "What's the book?"

She pulls out of her bag a beaten-up copy of Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.
Lady: "You are a young girl. You are not an old fogey. Therefore I am not intimidated to tell you what the book is about."

She leans over and whispers, "It's...all...pornography."

Me: "Oh...my."

Lady: "Do you know why men visit prostitutes?"

Me: "I don't...I'm not really..."

Lady: "It's not about sex. You'd be surprised."

Me: "Right. Okay. Yes."

Lady: "This book will tell you. It's very interesting. Of course, I would not tell my friends about it. But I can tell you."

Me: "Thank you."

She then asked me to look up other books by Coelho in our catalog, rejecting the ones that didn't sound salacious enough. I should have just put a hold on Fifty Shades of Grey for her and called it a day.


  1. "Thank you." Ha Ha Ha so great.

  2. I feel like these are the things that I'm missing out on working in a university library. Too many discussions about APA format and databases, all far too formal and not embarrassing enough!

    1. I have to tell you, as weird as this kind of conversation can be in the moment, it always makes my day.

  3. I love 11 minutes and 50 Shades of Grey

  4. Haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey even though I am on the grey side :)As for '11 mins'... I won't spoil it for u, just read it and enjoy it.

  5. Why read 50 Shades of Crap when there is the excellent Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho?


  6. Maybe you should just buy 50 Shades for her and tell her, "You'll thank me later."

  7. I really want to know why men visit prostitutes now.

    1. Me, too. But after looking a little more closely at the plot of this book, I don't want to have to read the book to find out. Anyone care to enlighten us?