Tuesday, January 31, 2006

True Love

Last week a confused-looking man came into the library looking for books for his wife. Romance books. She doesn't want anything "dated" (published prior to 1990) and she's read through Nora Roberts (a small feat unto itself). She just sent this poor guy to get "more books" and didn't give him any authors to work with.

This is where I come in. My librarians don't really try with this sort of question anymore because "Hey, Wendy reads romance! Let's ask Wendy!" In all fairness I do this same thing. The minute a science fiction question comes in I run to the my children's librarian.

Well we were crazy nuts busy, and given the woman's love for La Nora, I walked through the shelves and pulled off books by other Big Names. Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard - you get the idea.

Husband came back tonight. Wife liked those books but she wants "more romance" and *hushed whisper* "more sex." Bless this poor guy's heart. He must really love his wife. I bet he buys tampons for her too.

So we went to the paperback section and I pulled out several more contemporary romances. One of the authors? Shannon McKenna. That should fulfill the more sex requirement me thinks.


Nicole said...

Yes, that has to be true love.

Though maybe he's getting something out of it. *grin*

sybil said...

LOL he is so not married ;)

hee or what nicole said... See I need a job like yours, where I can help people!

Jay said...

lol that is too cute. awww.

Bookseller Chick said...

I still remember the first time I ran into a guy from my old high school in the romance section. At first I didn't recognize him because this huge ex-football player, class clown was the last person I would expect buying romance. I quietly asked him if I could help in find anything, and the next thing I know I've got 200 lbs of panicked male on my hands. "You've got to help me! Stacie said to buy the newest books for her, but I don't know what they are!"

Stacie was his girlfriend of four years, and it was only in that moment I realized how much he really loved her. Not only did he know (basically) what she already had, but he could name her likes and dislikes. Changed my whole perspective on the guy.

Cheers to your man in the library.

Tara Marie said...

What a man!!!!!

Leya said...

That's so sweet! The only way my husband would pick up books for me would be if I placed a hold on them. And don't get me started on tampons...LOL

PattiF said...

I wonder if the books were really for himself, but he didn't want to admit it?
I've run across several men who read romances. Married men! One guy told me his wife doesn't even read romances, but doesn't mind that he does. I guess she was getting the end result of it. :)