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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
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A #1 Indie Next Pick and a #1 LibraryReads Selection“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow ChildA.J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island... show more
A #1 Indie Next Pick and a #1 LibraryReads Selection“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow ChildA.J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.  Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.“Readers who delighted in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving.” —Library Journal, starred review“Wade into summer reading with this sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship--and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle “Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere.” —Booklist“Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty.” —Publishers Weekly “A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781616203948 (1616203943)
ASIN: B00GU2RLMC
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
Category:
Contemporary
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Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
2.0 The Storied Life of AJ Fikry ★★☆☆☆
I sort of liked this book, until the 88% mark, at which the narrative took a turn that I found unredeemably distasteful. Until then, my thoughts about the book: This is a mildly interesting, if a little maudlin, romance about a grumpy lover of literary fiction (AJ) who is saved by love for the amazi...
Lemon Roadster
Lemon Roadster rated it
3.0 Just OK
This book was interesting enough to finish, and had a couple of exciting surprises, but it didn't hit the spot for me.
Hol
Hol rated it
4.5 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I was watching a YouTube vlogger sum up their top books of 2016 and this was on the list. When I went and checked it out the blurb attracted me so much that I started it as soon as I could. Here it is: On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No ...
The Open Book
The Open Book rated it
3.5 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin: Mini Review
The book starts out well with a charming curmudgeon of a protagonist, and I quite enjoyed the first half, but the story loses itself a bit right around the point where the romance picks up. A.J. is a widowed bookseller, content to spend his days at the bookstore and his nights drinking until he pass...
fromfirstpagetolast
fromfirstpagetolast rated it
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book. Having just finished a book about books and bookshops I asked the hive mind that is social media for suggestions of other books that celebrate novels, bookshops and booklovers. One of the most suggested titles was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry ...
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