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The Bookshop of Yesterdays
by Amy Meyerson

Published: 2018-06-12
Hardcover : 368 pages
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Best Books of Summer 2018 Selection by Philadelphia Inquirer and Library Journal

“Part mystery and part drama, Meyerson uses a complex family dynamic in The Bookshop of Yesterdays to spotlight the importance of truth and our need for forgiveness.” ...
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Best Books of Summer 2018 Selection by Philadelphia Inquirer and Library Journal

“Part mystery and part drama, Meyerson uses a complex family dynamic in The Bookshop of Yesterdays to spotlight the importance of truth and our need for forgiveness.” —Associated Press

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 from 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.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 06/14/19

3.5??. I love books about bookstores- fun to read. This one has mystery, heartbreak & reconciliation with tons of literary references. Enjoyable!

 
  "The Bookshop of Yesterdays"by bkmnmpl (see profile) 01/22/19

This is well-written debut novel. I enjoyed the unfolding story of the origins of Prospero Books. While some elements were predictable, it was still engaging to watch things develop. It was nice to read... (read more)

 
  "the bookshop of yesterdays"by Carolynr (see profile) 12/30/18

you can read the summary for yourself. I did enjoy this book although agree with some of the constructive criticism. I never could figure out why Miranda was with her boyfriend to begin with....both of... (read more)

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