The Bookshop of Yesterdays

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

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A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear about him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt. When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books--now as its owner--she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store's shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy's last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy's past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden--and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario Park Row Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780778319849
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm


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wildandcrazygirl1 Nov 05, 2018

I am sorry, but I found this book very tedious & boring. I couldn't wait to get thru it.

Oct 09, 2018

This book is almost sure to appeal to those who appreciate a scavenger hunt -- in this case a literary scavenger hunt, the prize at the end consisting of learning the truth of a family mystery. The excursions into good literature are broad ranging and the underlying puzzle is worth the effort to solve it. The main characters are engaging and the plot is coherent.
So why only 3 stars? First, the clues and their solutions are so far-fetched as to require more suspension of disbelief than I'm prepared for. Second, the book is simply too long; in places, it begins to drag, especially where the family conflicts bubble up; I found those parts frustrating to read, not illuminating.
Finally: This is a book about the love of literature. Meyerson clearly wishes to share that love with us and the book is chock full of references to great books. And yet, her writing style is far from being luminous. I realize that composing great, rich prose is difficult; most writers cannot accomplish it. But if one sets out to write a book that celebrates fine writing, it seems to me that a healthy dose of pithy, elegant, memorable phrases are the order of the day. That is where the book falls short of expectations.

Sep 19, 2018

I am giving it 3 stars for the well written mystery but the protagonist was so petty and unlikeable, it became grating to read. Miranda was surrounded by people that loved and adored her the entire story and yet she treated others poorly and had frequent snit fits. She gives the term "only child" a bad name. However, the literary references were appreciated and lovely and the bookshop was well described and appealing.

Apr 24, 2018

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is a pleasant, yet predictable, story. Meyerson stays faithful to her plot line while developing her characters in a realistic and engaging way. This reader can only wonder why the protagonist takes so long to figure out her own back story, how to handle her present circumstances and to take control of her future adventures. She may be well read but she sure lacks in critical thinking skills.
I recommend this enjoyable novel, just don't expect any surprises here!
I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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