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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.

10 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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  3. I love 11 minutes and 50 Shades of Grey

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  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.

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

    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5416793

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

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

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    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?

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