Readers Respond

Last week, novelist Claire Fuller wrote a Soapbox column about the strange things readers leave in books, noting that librarians have found, among other unlikely objects, raw bacon, a pressed flower, a taco, and an unsent letter. After the column made its way around Facebook and Twitter, our social audience was quick to respond with some of the strange things they’d found in used books. Here are some of the highlights:

@theroyalcrabbit: Working in bookstores, I found cash, airline tickets, and a garter belt.

Jay Shep (via Facebook): The weirdest (and grossest) thing I’ve found inside a book is a squashed lizard!

Andrew Lark (via Facebook): The most awesome thing I found in a book was a $100 bill from the 1930s!

Phyllis Hamm Grubbs (via Facebook): I found an obviously doctored college diploma in a library book. The person had altered a B.S. diploma to look like an M.B.A.

Dan Sullivan (via Facebook): Four joints, lots of foreign currency, flowers... The joys of a secondhand bookstore.

Karyn Craw (via Facebook): A thong. It was purple and green.

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