Customers Who Bought This Book Also Bought…

I was doing some important R.A. Dickey research when I stumbled across the Amazon page for his autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

And while the first few screens of “Customers Who Bought This Book Also Bought…” links make good sense, you keep clicking and you get some strange entries:

Justin Halpern’s I Suck At Girls

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy’s The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity

Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (“Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.”)

Alex Stone’s Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind (“From the back rooms of New York City’s century-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs; three-card monte on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos; Fooling Houdini recounts Stone’s quest to join the ranks of master magicians.”)

The only sensible conclusion: Amazon thinks R.A. Dickey, dumped and alone, is going to become President of the United States and murder someone with his mind.

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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.

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  1. Jack says:

    That’s almost my entire library right there. Just missing that Book of Mormon I snatched from a Holiday Inn in El Paso and my Great Illustrated Classics version of the Swiss Family Robinson.

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