Thursday, April 9, 2009

These books are getting the most laughs

On our front counter we have a rotating selection of weird and fun books that usually distract customers while they are waiting to buy books. The ones that seem to get the most attention are the take-offs of earlier classic and best-selling books. For example, Goodnight Bush (a take off on Goodnight Moon) was a big hit after the election. Here are a few that are getting the most attention:

Spott's Canine Miscellany - You may remember the hit book a few years ago called Schott's Miscellany that included random facts, factoids and lists about equally random topics. this is the dog version of that book. On the same page is a blurb about Dog Ear, SD, dog & human allergies and a quote from Plato about dogs.

11,002 Things to be miserable about - For the cynics in the crowd this is a great little gift. the opposite of the earlier book 14,000 things to be happy about. With all that's going on in the world I'm a little dismayed that they couldn't come with more things to be miserable about. A random sample of items mentioned in the book: nuclear winter, debates between stupid people, beer that's mostly foam, busybodies and micromanagement. You get the idea.

Grandma's Dead; Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals - A collection of postcards with sappy pictures of cute animals with captions such as "The condom broke" and "Grandpa left you nothing." You have to see it to get the full impact. Several customers have bought this book because they actually want to send one of the postcards.

Stay tuned for more.