ATG Quirkies: These Are the Books to Keep Behind the Counter

most-stolen-booksEver wonder what books are stolen most often in your average bookstore?  Well this post from reports that “Vintage/Anchor Books recently tweeted out a photo of a Most Stolen Books shelf at a bookstore. Some of the books on the shelf include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (one of many Murakamis), Charles Bukowski’s Hollywood, and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

According to research by Candice Huber, books by Bukowski and Kerouac are indeed popular targets for theft from bookstores, along with those by Hemingway, David Sedaris, and The Great Gatsby. All of the books listed are by men, and most by “manly” men.”

Things are a tad different in the UK – at least they were when this 2009 list  was posted. “J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book both rank high…”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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