Invited into a home for the first time, a book lover will take great pleasure in combing through the owner's bookshelves. Some do it brazenly, some wait for the host to get up and refill the drinks, but we all do it. That peek into the psyche is irresistible.
But there is risk involved. Have you ever found a title that you just can't accept? a book that makes your skin crawl? a book that creates serious misgivings about going forward with the dinner party/new friendship/one-night stand that you thought was in the cards?
These are dealbreaker books. And I want to know what yours are....and why.
Ayn Rand. If someone has more than one Ayn Rand title and they appear well-thumbed/hi-lighted/color-tabbed, I'm out of there. It has to be at least two though, just one could be a youthful folly or a misguided recommendation. Of course, I've never read her but the association with Reaganomics, 80s excess, and free-market devil cults turns my stomach. Sure, I'm a selfish bastard too but I don't make a big thing out of it.
Okay, your turn...