Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Politics...Discuss? Or sell?

About a week ago, a woman was standing at one of the tables by the cash registers. She looked to be in her late 60's or so, short blond/grey hair, wearing a light blue sweater. She was holding four copies of Bill O'Reilly's new (hardcover) book, KILLING KENNEDY. She was looking at O'Reilly's previous book on a presidential assasination, KILLING LINCOLN. She looked up and caught my eye.

"I'm wondering whether or not to get his first one," she mused. "These right here," she gestured to the books she was holding, "are for gifts, and I might want to give a copy of this to someone too. Have you read this?", she asked.

"I haven't," I said, not telling her that I disagree with Bill O'Reilly's politics and that I have no plans to read any of his books.

"He makes history so easy to understand," she said. "I think everyone should read this. I learned so much."

"That's great," I said. There was part of me that wanted to actually discuss the book and the author. But the bookseller in me won out. If she wants to buy five Bill O'Reilly books, all hardcovers, then that is good for business.

We are out of the country today, on Election Day. We've met people from Canada and Holland as well as from the U.S., all of whom have opinions about U.S. politics. We'll be watching election results tonight in a restaurant or bar, somewhere where a lot of diverse people will be gathering. We've been enjoying the lively discussions!

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  1. While I feel the same way you do about O'Reilly, you could opine on him, but hardly discuss a book that you haven't read. Glad you made the sales.

  2. Thanks, Neil! Sometimes I think it's helped not to have read something. There are books I have read and haven't liked, and when people ask me what I think, I've told them it didn't do it for me, but that it's selling really well and I've heard lots of other people like it. Often people will buy it anyway!