Reviews and Blog Posts: bookstores

The storied life of A. J. Fikry : a novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

DPL Rating:
5

- A.J. Fikry is a widower who owns a bookstore on an island off the coast of Massachusetts.  He’s a bit of an eccentric and is mourning his wife’s death but then two events happen - his personal copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane is stolen and a 25 month...

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

by Robin Sloan

DPL Rating:
5

Through random (and mostly unhappy) circumstances, Clay Jannon seeks employment at Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore in San Francisco, California. Inside this unusual bookstore, bookcases stretch deep into the dark - vertically - stories over your head.  After a short time working there, he starts to notice odd and mysterious customers...

Out of the Easy

by Ruta Sepetys

DPL Rating:
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe...

Shelf life : fantastic stories celebrating bookstores

I haven't read much fantasy and this collection of short stories introduced me to new writers like Nina Kiriki Hoffman. The eerie bookstores and complicated people who frequent them are usually assisted by equally strange staff. Not all stories are dark. Some readers find what they have always longed for...

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

by Robin Sloan

DPL Rating:
5

Enticed by a help wanted sign, an out-of-work 21st century man enters an antiquarian bookstore and gets caught up in the puzzle of a lifetime. Set in San Francisco and New York, this upbeat book is a perfect blending of old and new and a read that technophiles and bibliophiles will...

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