Thursday, July 10, 2008

Incorrect Marital Profiling

I'm a big fan of Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl. So much so that I purchased her book Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair from Amazon for my recently divorced sister. And what does Amazon send me today?

Dear Customer, We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split by Laurie Perry or other books in the Family Relationships > Divorce category have also purchased Contemplating Divorce: A Step-by-step Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go by Susan Pease Gadoua. For this reason, you might like to know that Contemplating Divorce: A Step-by-step Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go will be released on August 1, 2008. You can pre-order yours at a savings of $5.42 by following the link below.

And of course the first thing I saw open opening the email was a big graphic of the Contemplating Divorce cover. I quickly checked with my better half to make sure everything was hunky dory and that this wasn't his way of telling me something (neither of us have Facebook accounts, so, y'know, I might not be up on our relationship status). He assured me all was well and I went back to read the text and realized it was all due to my Crazy Aunt Purl fandom. I guess it's a good thing I don't use Facebook and the Beacon service or my friends might have been wondering about us. Awkward!


Blogger Michelle said...

Oh dear! FUnny that is what they take from the book, more than the knitting (or drunk) aspect!

12:35 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Wow! The reviews on that book are phenomenal! Did you read it before you gave it to your sister? Has she enjoyed in? I'm thinking about picking one up, reading it (no, no divorce in my future that I'm aware of!) then sharing it with my recently divorced sister-in-law!

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Amazon recommendations tend to make me think that Emily Litella is responsible for the algorithm, with one outlandish suggestion after another leading to a "Never mind..."

3:49 PM  

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