I've been doing this long enough that I'm mostly past being shocked by a book. Even without knowing specifics, I have a feeling about whether a book is okay, pretty good, or great. I'm not always right, but it's rare for a book to genuinely shock me.
Like, say, this one.
Pulled out of the Religion section of a thrift store about 30 minutes ago.
It looks like an absolute nothing paperback- drab cover, questionable publisher (University presses, with very few exceptions, mostly put out junk). But I buy everything I see on acting and the theater, and I'd never seen a copy of this one so I grabbed it- fifty cents, why not?
That's one of the things I love about this gig- no matter how much I already know, there's that much more to learn.
of course, I'm not going to list my copy for $75- that's the crazy price people laugh at, which is why those copies are sitting there. I'll price mine $40- still high, but a comparative bargain that will entice someone to bite.