I was being a bit Scrooge-y last night, so this didn't exactly make my evening:
"I'm looking for a new book on the Civil War."
"...OK...do you know who the author is?" (note - there are a number of books about the Civil War)
"I think it was published this summer."
"OK, lets narrow this down to books about the Civil War published in the last year. By any chance, do you think this is by Drew Gilpin Faust?"
"Maybe, I just heard this guy wrote a great book about the Civil War. Is he any good?"
(oh, jeez) "Dr. Faust is a very respected Civil War scholar and she's the first woman President of Harvard University."
That's it? OH? ***smoke, grrr, smoke***