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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Zevin, Gabrielle (Audiobook CD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
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The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.
Authors: Zevin, Gabrielle
Title: The storied life of A. J. Fikry
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Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Summary: The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.
Local Note: 15 33 53 57 59 118 133 148 149 152 153 167 172 173 182 210 222 226 242 263 264
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott
ISBN: 9781622313532
1622313534
9781622313556
1622313550
Statement of Responsibility: Gabrielle Zevin
Playtime: 054500
Performers: Read by Scott Brick.
Subject Headings: Booksellers and bookselling Fiction. Bookstores Fiction. Widowers Fiction. Abandoned children Fiction. Man-woman relationships Fiction.
Genre/Form: Audiobooks.
Topical Term: Booksellers and bookselling
Bookstores
Widowers
Abandoned children
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: DD11450
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Sep 16, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There's art we find excellent because it so accurately captures the experience of life--we may not enjoy it since life isn't always enjoyable, but we know it is true and real. Then there's art we find excellent because we enjoy connecting with it and find emotional resonance in it, even if it's not always entirely accurate; real life isn't always scripted perfectly, after all, with people saying just the right things at just the right times and events happening in just the right order to make a satisfying story.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry falls into this second category. It all fits together too neatly (even the mishaps and tragedies), the characters grow and change a bit too perfectly (even their flaws and mistakes) to be fully believable as actual, but it still speaks to truths we identify with and find moving. The book conveys a story, not life, yet reading that story gives readers insight into and encourages them to reflect on their own lives. It's on the light side, not at all lacking in cynical humor and crotchety fun, yet has depth and passion as well. I enjoyed it immensely. I connected with it.

Aug 23, 2014
  • GusAndAbe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved every single part of this novel. It is filled with bookish charm and grace. The worst part about this story is that it was too short!

Apr 20, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are literate, you will love this book about the importance of literature told through clever prose. A.J. is among my top ten favorite characters, probably two slots below Atticus Finch. The final exchange between Amy and A.J. is the most endearing scene I've ever read. Their overall love story is a truly special one. Zevin earned an instant fan with this amaze-balls novel.

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Sep 16, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How to account for its presence [on this list of favorites] when I know it is only average? The answer is this: Your dad relates to the characters. It has meaning to me. And the longer I do this (bookselling, yes, of course, but also living if that isn't too awfully sentimental), the more I believe that this is what the point of it all is. To connect, my dear little nerd. Only connect.

Sep 16, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us, but it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen not to be alone.

Sep 16, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's Amy's favorite. (She seems so sweet on the surface, no?) Amy and I do not always have the exact same taste in things, but this I like.

When she told me it was her favorite, it suggested to me strange and wonderful things about her character that I had not guessed, dark places that I might like to visit.

People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?

Aug 23, 2014
  • GusAndAbe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Love you,” Maya says. “Yes, she keeps saying that,” A.J. says. “I warned her about giving love that hasn’t yet been earned, but honestly, I think it’s the influence of that insidious Elmo. He loves everyone, you know?”
― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

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