Bike guy and his friend entered the store and stopped at the front table, checking out the best sellers. I was standing behind the counter sketching ( yes it was connected to legitimate work) and overheard their conversation.
Bike guy had a very specific book in mind and was trying the "I'll know it when I see it" approach. So I spoke up ( because now I finally get paid to give my opinion to strangers, woot!)
Me: are there any words in the title that you can remember or the name of the author? Cause I can look it up and help you find your book.
Bike guy doesn't hear me but bike guy's friend does and nudges him:
She said she can help you find your book ...
bike guy looks like he doesn't believe it but walks over to the counter anyway.
Bike guy: I heard about the book on the Daily Show but I don't remember the name of it ... or who wrote it ... but it was about religion ... and science.
So I do.my.thing and voilà!
me: Marilynne Robinson is the author.
bike guy: what kind of computer is that?
me: *smile* Absence of Mind.
That's the name of the book you want.
(inside my head giggle) How ironic.
bike guy: I think she just took a dig at me ( he smiles )
me: I did.
I just couldn't help it
* he really was smiling and I really did help him find the book on the shelf