The counterculture manifesto The Anarchist Cookbook
by William Powell
stocked into the ... wait for it... wait for it...
...the cookbook section!
by Ayn Rand
in the Classical Mythology section.
A Moveable Feast - Cookbooks
Finding Fish (a horrific story about life in foster care) in nature/oudoors/sports.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
by John Steinbeck
found in the wine section.
THE SOUND AND THE FURY
by William Faulkner
would be stacked with the CDs and Cassettes as an Audiobook.
John Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Travel & Leisure section.
A friend of ours was in a hurry to get books for his parents in law for Christmas a couple of years ago. The mother in law loves her garden so he choose "The perfumed Garden" thinking it was a garden book.
She would love to fly some place for vacation, but the father in law is afraid of flying so the man got him "Fear of Flying" thinking it was a psychology book.
It is said that the Chilean military, at the time of the coup, burned books on Cubism (perhaps misshelved under "Marxism and Communism").
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, under Science Fiction
(perhaps that's NOT a misshelving).
On some level, it makes sense they'd see missionary on the back jacket of the Poisonwood Bible and put it under religion/spirituality.
Tome Perotta's satiric look at boredom and disillusion in the suburbs, Little Children, in the parenting section.
by Evelyn Waugh
Either Weddings or Portrait Photography
The Rosy Crucifixion by Henry Miller - Religion and Spirituality
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (a coming of age semi-biography about a lesbian in a very Christian family) in Gardening.
by Malcolm Gladwell
, Etiquette or Fine Dining
The Gulag Archipelago, by Solzhenitzin, under Geography and Travel.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, by Vladimir Illich Lenin, under Sports (aerobics) or, alternatively, Self-help.