The place: a bookstore
The players: a Middle-Aged Male Shopper and a Middle-Aged Female Bookseller
Middle-Aged Male Shopper: I'm looking for a book to give my buddy as a baby shower gift. [News to bookseller, who doesn't do much--or anything--in the way of baby showers: daddies are now included in the festivities. Who knew?] He's going to be a first-time dad, so I want something about becoming a father, how to be a father, something like that.
They start walking back toward the Parenting section.
Middle-Aged Female Bookseller: I know of two books that fit the bill perfectly. They're by the same author, and one is called The Expectant Father and the other The New Father. Here they are.
MAMS looks at the books and rejects them outright.
MAMS: No, this isn't what I want. I want something inspirational, about a father/son or father/daughter story. Like Tiger Woods' dad wrote.
MAFB: Hm. Earl Woods' book is out of print...I have a title on the tip of my tongue but it's not coming to me. Let me ask my co-workers. (Pages to ask for a recommendation and somebody answers with that tip-of-the-tongue title, which is Big Russ and Me, by Tim Russert.) Oh, yes! Let me show you this one; it's perfect. Tim Russert wrote this about his amazing relationship with his own father. He also wrote a follow-up book called The Wisdom of Our Fathers, which consists of letters from readers inspired by his first book.
MAMS looks at the books and rejects them.
MAMS: No, this isn't what I want. I'll just go back over to the Parenting section.
Um, yes, it is what you want. In fact, twice in a row I gave you exactly what you asked for. It's probably a good thing I didn't give you Punk Rock Dad or Alternadad
Well, nobody's shooting guns at me, so I really can't complain.