The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BY THE AUTHOR OF TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

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"A fun, page-turning delight." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love." --Library Journal (starred review)

A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

"This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory." --Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

"Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both."--The Washington Post

"You won't want it to end." --Family Circle

"A natural for book groups." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A reader's paradise of the first order." --The Buffalo News

"Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible." --Booklist

"A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time." --Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this novel." --Library Journal, starred review
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288 pages

Average rating: 7.66

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JL Reads
Jul 17, 2024
6/10 stars
This started out very mundane with choppy writing, but I kept with it based on all the rave reviews and that a movie was made based on it (haven’t seen it yet). It reads as though Morgan Freeman is narrating like he did in the Lego Movie, very interesting but hard to get used to when the story starts boring. BUT I’m glad I stuck it out because it weaves the lives of seemingly normal people together and in the end you feel part of their tapestry too. Book #6 in 2024
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Anonymous
Jul 05, 2024
8/10 stars
Sweet story about a bookshop owner on the fictional Alice Island of Massachusetts.
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Dessy💌
May 01, 2024
8/10 stars
i read this the same day as my meeting for my book club.it was so extremely precious, i think every book lover needs to read it. its such grumpy sunshine trope :,) it was such a feel good book!
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mica88
Apr 01, 2024
6/10 stars
*3.5
Me gusto mucho este libro. Me hubiera gustado ver el punto de vista de Maya al final, tal vez como se sintió ella después de la muerte de A.J. La muerte de Daniel me pareció muy inesperada. Dentro de todo, el libro me pareció muy bueno, especialmente porque genera un sentimiento hogareño y familiar.
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Anonymous
Mar 23, 2024
10/10 stars
I read this for my book club and I didn't think I was going to enjoy it because it's very different from the kind of book I normally read, but I actually super got into it. My friend described it as a "book about books" which is true - it's pretty much a nerdy little book full of references to other books as well as about the life of a bookseller and the love of books. As someone who loves books, this book really resonated with me. It felt really cozy, like the feeling one would get of curling up with a good book by a fire. That was the feeling I got when I read this book.

I also really like the trope of ~sad gruff man meets someone who melts his heart and opens himself up to his found family. That's one of my favorite tropes and is basically the plot of this book. The found family aspect was super cute and I really liked all the side characters. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like happy (mostly?) family stories, tons of references to other modern culture, and of course, books.
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