Monday, August 07, 2006

Amusing Amazon matches

Back from Chicago, some $500 poorer (hotel, dinners out, shopping...) and enjoying the last two weeks of, er, getting lots of work done, before the students return on the 21st.

Very occasionally I check my book ranking on Amazon, but I see today that it's down to #810,304, which doesn't really bother me because (1) most libraries buy it from Baker & Taylor, Ingram, etc., rather than Amazon, and (2) there are a bunch of used copies on Amazon that people would probably buy first, including the cheapest one, with this description: "2005 Hardcover. Has considerable wear and/or hi-lighting/underlining. Your purchase benefits the Brooklyn Public Library." Which makes me wonder what the story is behind that. (And who'd want to buy it, anyway?) Did some reader go crazy with a highlighter in the library, with my book? Shame.

But it's this set of matches that amuses me the most:

Customers who bought this item also bought:
The Economic Implications of Aging Societies: The Costs of Living Happily Ever After by Steven A. Nyce
Supremely American: Popular Song in the 20th Century by Nicholas E. Tawa
African American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests by Alma Dawson
Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests Sixth Edition by Diana Tixier Herald
Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill by Katherine Ramsland

Books 3 and 4 in this list are part of the same series as mine. The connections between my book and 1, 2, and 5 on that list, though, not quite as clear.


  1. Maybe the people discussed in book # 5 kill because they've read too much historical fiction? :)

  2. What's kind of scary is that if you google my name, the first hit that comes up refers to a murderer with the same name as me. The next few are me, though.