I was asked the other day to provide the patron with a book she had never read before. Fortunately, she finally gave me a little more info to go on after I coaxed more information out of her. "I've read a lot of German literature, like Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. So now I would like to read some French literature."
I brought her Heinrich Boll and also brought along a couple of books by Stendahl and Sartre....just in case.
One of my colleagues had to speak with a reality challenged patron recently (and I am putting this here because there's no more "brain hurt conversations" thread) who uses the computer in ways no one understands. She is probably in her late teens, early twenties, talks to herself non stop and, no matter what she is watching/doing on the computer, must leap up every thirty seconds, and on her way down (I'm not kidding, she jumps a good foot and a half or more) will pull her pants up higher and tighter.
After several complaints from other patrons, my fairly naive coworker headed over and said "You can't keep doing that!"
To which she replied "Well, how else am I supposed to hear it?"
Yeah, there is a novel in this place, but I don't know what the plot would be......