The Bookshop of Yesterdays

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on her twelfth birthday, Billy has a falling-out with her mother and disappears from Miranda's life. Sixteen years later, she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt. Returning to the bookstore as its owner, Miranda is drawn into a journey through Billy's past -- and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432853594
Branch Call Number: LP MEYERSON
Characteristics: 567 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)
Alternative Title: Book shop of yesterdays


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Jun 25, 2019

Really enjoyed this book - and if you love to read you will also enjoy this book. Miranda loved the scavenger hunts that she did with her Uncle Billie. When she is twelve he disappears from her life and she doesn't know why. She reaches out to him but to no avail. It is 16 years before she hears from him again. Now she once again he leads her on a scavenger hunt where she learns about her real life story. Great adventure that leads her in directions she never imagined. This takes you into the world of books, bookstores and is completely enjoyable and you soon find yourself lost in this world with Miranda.

Jun 15, 2019

Although I wasn't familiar with a lot of the literary references in this book, it was a wonderful read. For anyone who loves bookstores, libraries and books in generals, you will love it.

Gina_Vee May 28, 2019

I loved this book so much! I sort of predicted the end in the beginning of the book and it still had me on the edge of my seat!

Apr 20, 2019

I make a point to not know the specifics of plot and character development before reading a novel that 'looks really good' and I'm pleased to have read this novel: it's a page turner.

Meyerson's skill of including literary references in to the plot, and reasons, for 'including' famous and worthy literary novels, is a breath of fresh air. Do take note of those many titles,
in curious regard for further future reading. (Bookshops include inspiration for future reading.)

Thoroughly enjoyable; bright writing, emotional depth, friendly character development over time and experience with each other; dimensional "reasons" for why characters do, or do not do, certain behaviors.

Apr 12, 2019

'The Bookshop of Yesterdays' is many books rolled into one. It's a book about books. It's a book about a book shop, about secrets, about forgiveness, about finding oneself, about truth. It's the Alice falling down the rabbit hole of books, a rabbit hole that I found interesting and enjoyable albeit occasionally a little slow. Every reader will know the big secret immediately, but that doesn't make the road the characters travel to find it, to admit it less interesting.

I absolutely loved this line ... and who among us doesn't know someone this describes?
"It was just about the only thing we were agreeing upon. Malcolm's sentences had quickly resumed their brevity, talking to me only when necessary. I missed our communion more than I'd expected,but Malcolm held on to the injury like it appreciated in value the longer he retained it."

I found this profound:
" There are three things in life that matter - your partner, your job, your place. One of those three has to be number one. The other two have to come second. For me it was Paul. I loved LA. I loved Prospero Books. But Paul was numero uno."
"What about family? Where does family fit in?" I asked.
..."I don't know. I was never close with my family. Maybe it should be a list of four - love, job, place, family?"
"Or maybe family is part of place?"
"That sounds right. And for Paul, family and place were numero uno because he was coming back to care for his mom. I never begrudged him that. It didn't mean he loved me any less. In love, job and place, one partner picks love, and the other picks something else that shapes their live together."

4 stars B+

Feb 13, 2019

I am a sucker for books about bookstores or libraries. The latter have always been disappointing. This is a pretty decent tale; however Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is a lot better. On the other hand it was a quick and entertaining read.

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.

Aug 31, 2018

Miranda is left a bookstore after her Uncle Billy dies. They were best buddies until one day Billy just disappeared and Miranda never heard from him again. When she returns to the bookstore, she finds a staff that does not know how to take them. When she receives mail that seems to be a clue from Billy, Miranda begins her journey. She is bound and determined to find out why Billy just disappeared from her life. As she follows this scavenger hunt left by Billy, what unravels is not what she expected. I really like this book for various reasons. One, it is about a bookstore. Two, there was much mystery to be unraveled. And three, the various literature that was mentioned throughout the book in which Billy used as clues. As Miranda unravels the clues left in the books of literature, she finds out her life is not what she thought - there were secrets kept.

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