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Reference Question of the Week – 9/30/07

   October 6th, 2007 Brian Herzog
Love in the Time of Cholera coverOn Friday, Oprah Winfrey's announced her next book club book.

An elderly female patron called the desk and said:

I'd like to request a book called Love in the Time of Collars. You probably don't have it. Oprah just announced on television that it's the next book for her book club, and I wanted to call you right up to request it. Since she just announced it I figure you haven't had a chance to buy it yet, but can I be first on the list?

She was surprised to learn that, 1) we actually had three copies ("oh, does she notify libraries before she says it on television?" [we only wish]), and, 2) there were already four people on the request list ahead of her.

I didn't have the heart to correct her on the title, but she'll figure it out (or be disappointed that it's not a story about that kind of love triangle).

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