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The misshelved book game!

 
 
Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 05:54 pm
One of the very best things about shopping for books at Goodwill is that they sometimes get shelved in funny categories. It's certainly understandable -- nobody reads everything. I like it because it draws my attention to things I might not otherwise come across.

And sometimes it's just plain funny.

Today I came across The Poisonwood Bible* shelved under "Religion/Spirituality.

*TPB is hard to describe quickly so I'll just say it's about one missionary family's folly in 1950s Africa while the Congolese are fighting for independence from Belguim.

I also found The Historian (a book about Dracula hunters) in the history section.

I thought it might be fun to suggest some other misshelved titles.

(Please give a very brief description of the book because, well, nobody reads everything.)

Ready?

Set?

Go!
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 05:56 pm
@boomerang,
Good idea..
(thinking)
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Seed
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:00 pm
Now does this have to be books you have actually seen misshelved? Or just titles/sections that would be funny?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:03 pm
Just titles or plots that would be funny shelved in the wrong category. Something a shelver might make an honest mistake about.

Here's a list of Amazon's book categories just to make things a bit easier:


Arts & Photography
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Investing
Children's Books
Christian Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Computers & Internet
Cooking, Food & Wine
Crafts & Hobbies
Entertainment
Gay & Lesbian
Health, Mind & Body
History
Home & Garden
Literature & Fiction
Mystery & Thrillers
Nonfiction
Outdoors & Nature
Parenting & Families
Politics
Professional & Technical
Puzzles & Games
Reference
Religion & Spirituality
Romance
Science
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Self-Help
Sports
Textbooks
Teens
Travel
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:27 pm
well the most obvious to me is

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in the Travel Section

THGTTG is a sci-fi comedy trilogy in 5 parts (for those who don't know)
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:32 pm
We Have Always Lived in the Castle in Home & Garden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Have_Always_Lived_in_the_Castle
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:38 pm
Dune in Outdoors & Nature

Dune is a sci-fi novel about a native uprising on a desert planet
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:41 pm
The Graveyard Book in Religion & Spirituality

The Graveyard Book is a fantasy novel about a living child raised by spirits
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:45 pm
You just might find Trainspotting in the hobby book section.
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:47 pm
Fight Club in Sports
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:49 pm
@tsarstepan,
David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice might be found in the Entertaining section of the cookbook aisle.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:51 pm
@tsarstepan,
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut could be misplaced in the Young Adults section.
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
or the Hobby section
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:53 pm
@djjd62,
Well misplaced!
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:54 pm
@tsarstepan,
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut can accidentally be shelved in the Health Books, Diet & Fitness Books section.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:55 pm
Catch-22 in the Sports section, or as a fishing guide on the Nature & Outdoor section
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:56 pm
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues in the Self-Help section
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 06:59 pm
@djjd62,
I Lock My Door Upon Myself by Joyce Carol Oates might be found in the reference section for beginner locksmiths.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 07:01 pm
@tsarstepan,
Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates a near miss in Sex & Relationships
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 4 Jan, 2010 07:15 pm
@tsarstepan,
Where would Graham Greene's The Quiet American accidentally fall into? Mythology or Inspiration?
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