The Bookshop of Yesterdays

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

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Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. On Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a falling-out with her mother and disappears from Miranda's life. Sixteen years later she receives news that Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy-- and one final scavenger hunt. Home in Los Angeles, Miranda 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. She is drawn into a journey where she meets people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden-- and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. -- adapted from publisher info
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Park Row Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: FICTION MEY
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780778319849
0778319849
9780778369134
0778369137

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NMostacada
Aug 26, 2020

This was a good read for any bibliophile. Miranda is a young woman who hasn’t heard from her eccentric uncle for 16 years until she hears of his death and decides to visit her home town where she learns that her uncle has left her his book store and a scavenger hunt that reveals secrets from his life for her to learn. There are a lot of literary references in the book which I enjoyed. The supporting characters are entertaining as Miranda works her way through the clues. It was an enjoyable read.

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Bookworm1136
Aug 16, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This is Meyerson's debut novel and it was such a lovely read. Miranda is teaching in Philadelphia and has just started living with her boyfriend Jay, when she is told that her Uncle Billy, her favourite when she was a child, but who was estranged from her family, has died and left her his bookstore in California. Coming back home to settle the estate and sort out the paperwork for the bookstore, Miranda realizes that Uncle Billy has sent her on a scavenger hunt and what she will discover will rock the world as she knows it. In learning about Billy's life and the truths of her family, Miranda's life changes in profound ways. Loved the literary references and enjoyed getting to know the characters and learn Miranda and Billy's story along the way. A very good and enjoyable read.

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gburzynski
Jan 27, 2020

One of the most annoying books I ever read. The literary references where so far fetched and ridiculous. The protagonist was also very unlikable. All and all an unsatisfying read.

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69jerseygirl
Oct 23, 2019

Loved the book, although I figured out part of the ending towards the beginning of the book.

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TheresaAJ
Sep 12, 2019

When Miranda Brooks returns to California for her Uncle Billy's funeral, she has no idea that she will soon embark on a scavenger hunt that upends her life. Her favorite uncle gave her a puppy for her 15th birthday and then promptly disappeared. Sixteen years later, she's teaching in Philadelphia when she gets the fateful phone call. She also gets a card from her uncle with a quotation from The Tempest that begins a fateful hunt to uncover her uncle's past. Sprinkled with plenty of literary references, this book is both a mystery and an homage to books and book stores.

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mjk236sb
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.

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gwarnell
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!

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vkreads
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.

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DM_kcls
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+

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TheresaAJ
Sep 12, 2019

"Sit down; for thou must know thy father." The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2 by William Shakespeare

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