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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

A Novel
Zevin, Gabrielle (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, the only bookstore on Alice Island, has already lost his wife. Now, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her." A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
Authors: Zevin, Gabrielle
Title: The storied life of A. J. Fikry
a novel
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, the only bookstore on Alice Island, has already lost his wife. Now, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her." A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
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ISBN: 1616203218
9781616203214
Statement of Responsibility: Gabrielle Zevin
Subject Headings: Booksellers and bookselling Fiction. Bookstores Fiction. Widowers Fiction. Abandoned children Fiction. Man-woman relationships Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Booksellers and bookselling
Bookstores
Widowers
Abandoned children
Man-woman relationships
LCCN: 2013043144
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Jul 16, 2014
  • lilianabeatriz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very nice and interesting book.
My friends and I enjoyed very much in our book club. Easy to read.

Jul 14, 2014
  • NLC4321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book.

Jul 12, 2014
  • trudiem1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I did not want to put it down. It was a sweet story that was easy to read.

Jun 19, 2014
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful, perfect little novel for book nerds. Warning: you might have an enormous cry when it’s done (I did).

Jun 15, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sweet story of a widowed bookseller who finds a toddler in his bookstore with a note attached to raise the child in a literary environment. Incidentally, his heirloom book turns up missing at the same time. Incidentally, he meets a publisher's rep who eventually steal his heart. This is a quick, summer read with a sad ending, but enjoyable nonetheless.

May 29, 2014
  • momreader rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a charming and heartwarming story, and found the references to all the books fun. However, I was very disappointed in how many times the F-word was used throughout the story. I also didn't appreciate reading about the characters having sex. These two items spoiled the story for me. For those who have similar views, I thought I would let you know before you get hooked in the storyline.

May 26, 2014
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful tale for people who appreciate bookstores, small villages, and humanity. The story is unique and difficult to put down!

May 21, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Such a great book! I won't go into plot or character details, just suffice it to know this is the kind of book you can't put down and when you get to the end sometimes you just start at the very beginning once more because of your reluctance to leave these people. The same as when you're with terrific friends and the night goes on and you know it's time to leave and let the dogs out or pay the sitter, but you just hate to have the conversation stop. It's like that.

May 09, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Delightful!. Fast and Easy. Very thought provoking regarding the future of the book.

Apr 29, 2014
  • candle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All the comments below are mine also. This was a most satisfying book to read. I loved the characters and the way Ms. Zevin writes. I've already recommended this book to several book lovers I know.

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Apr 29, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first way Maya approaches a book is to smell it. She strips the book of its jacket, then holds it up to her face and wraps the boards around her ears.

Apr 29, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Her [Amelia's] talents also include multitasking, selecting the right wine at dinner (and the coordinating skill, tending friends who've had too much to drink), houseplants, strays, and other lost causes."

Apr 20, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Infinite Jest is an endurance contest. You manage to get through it and you have no choice but to say you like it. Otherwise, you have to deal with the fact that you just wasted weeks of your life,” A.J. had countered.

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Apr 29, 2014
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