Characters µ The Storied Life of AJ Fikry 109

Characters The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Characters µ The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 109 ï An Alternate Cover Edition for this ASIN can be found hereIn the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books and booksellers that changes our lives by At the bookstore It’s a small package but large in weight It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A J Fikry the opportunity to make his life over the ability to see everything anew It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming AJ; or for that determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of AJ’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming As surprising as it is moving The Storied Life of A J Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we lo. Well shit this was goodIf you're looking for a fun summer read a book that will make you laugh and cry grab this oneJust wish there wasn't a spoiler for The Awakening

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An Alternate Cover Edition for this ASIN can be found hereIn the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books and booksellers that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds  On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World A J Fikry the irascible owner is about to discover just what that truly meansA J Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be His wife has died his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its. 5 We read to know we're not alone We read because we are alone We read and we are not alone We are not aloneOnce in a while a book comes along that captures your heart and soul where the characters become like friends and family and a part of you wants to pack a bag and travel to that magical place forever At the start you just know it is going to be something special by the end you feel physical pain knowing that these people are gone from your lifeOne day you may pick it back up to read again but you know it will never be the same as that first experience THE STORIED LIFE OF AJ FIKRY made me smile laugh out loud cry uncontrollablyand my grinchy heart might have even grown three sizes 39 year old AJ Fikry is the owner of a failing bookstore Island Books on Alice Island it should be successful being the only bookstore in the area and because of AJ's passion for booksbut AJ doesn't like people very much His wife Nic was the people person the one that kept the bookstore running the love of his life and now she is dead killed in a car accident a year and a half agoFor the last year and a half AJ has been barely getting by he drinks too much lives on frozen dinners has stopped exercising pushes people away and is even grumpy to his staff and customersbut at least he has a plan Sell the bookstore and auction off his copy of Tamerlane An extremely rare collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe worth 400 thousand dollars Then he can retire But fate steps in and throws another gut wrenching blow at Mr Fikry when the uninsured Tamerlane is stolen right out of his home during a night of binge drinking It is the first wake up call AJ gets The second is only weeks awayI will leave my review right there because I think part of loving this book came from knowing practically nothing about it It was full of so many little and BIG surprises along the way and I am soooooo glad I went against my first instinct of passing this one by THE STORIED LIFE OF AJ FIKRY is a story of love loss and second chances I cannot recommend this one enoughI won an advanced reader's copy from First Reads

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The Storied Life of A J FikryHistory and now his prized possession a rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen Slowly but surely he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island from Lambiase the well intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay his sister in law who is hell bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia the lovely and idealistic if eccentric Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island refusing to be deterred by AJ’s bad attitude Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him These days AJ can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidlyAnd then a mysterious package appears. A town isn't a town without a bookstorewhile it's true that this is the literary euivalent of a stone skipped over a pond it's a pretty damn charming stone reading about other booknerds even when they are better described as bookcranks is delightful to me A Novel Bookstore Salamander Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore etc are among my favorite books are they the best books ever written nah but they have characters whose sensibilities are so close to my own it's hard not to feel a little heartswell when you encounter them because if you're on goodreads at all you know that books matter whether you read the kinds of vampire books that fikry laments or the serious tomes he applauds although considering he esteems The Book Thief hasn't finished proust's ISOLT and dismisses Infinite Jest i'm taking his purported book snobbery with a grain of salt you know the power of a good story even when it's just a sweet little piece of light escapismthis is a love letter to booklovers about the power of the written word to bring people together whether the relationships be romantic parental or book clubbyseveral of these relationships involve the titular aj fikry; a bookstore owner and widower living on a small island somewhere new england y who finds himself entrusted with the care of a two year old named maya after she is abandoned in his bookstore he's already old man curmudgeonly although still in his thirties but finds the raising of maya and instilling in her his own love of books to be one of those rewarding experiences that enriches one's life and is all sorts of inspirational although he expresses it differently Fucking love he thinks What a bother It's completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death to drive his business to ruin The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing he finds he has to start giving a shit about everythingand give a shit he does as his love for maya allows him to nurture other feelings including reluctantly acknowledged romantic ones for a vibrant book loving woman with her own relationship baggage in a comment that sounds like something ripped right out of Madame Bovary Her mother likes to say that novels have ruined Amelia for real menthankfully for fikry this is not true because he is indeed a real flawed man but he's also the kind of man whose first date chatter involves In what restaurant based on a novel would you have preferred to dineso he's got some good points so it's a romance and a sort of cozy mystery although the theft of his copy of Tamerlane Poem is not important to the story until it is and one of those cheeky feel good smalltown books in which suicides both occur and are contemplated and people die and there are miscarriages and infidelity but it's all glossed over in the same way as those other pesky realities like how an abandoned child scenario would really be handled because noso despite the supremely precocious maya and the novel's relentlessly cheerful tone both of which i would ordinarily find irritating i enjoyed the bookyness of it than i was irritated by its greeting card outlook all the discussions about the perils of e books and chain bookstores the only thing worse than a world with big chain bookstores was a world with NO big chain bookstoresthe methods of publishing reps the assessment that blurbs are the blood diamonds of publishing nerd as a term of endearment all the meta stuff at the beginning if this were a book it's all stuff from my world so it's easy to love it's a very uick read about bookfolk that may not be the most cerebral thing on the shelves but it's hard not to get caught up in its genuine enthusiasm and start nodding along nerdily at certain momentsit's summer enjoy yourself my answer James and the Giant Peach with giant animatronic bugs slightly scarier than the ones on the film and a menu includingbaked peaches with ricotta and honeychicken with peach chutneypeach cobblerpeach crisppeach and pancetta pizzapeach souppeanut butter and bacon burger with peach chutneysalmon and peachesnow if you will excuse me all those peaches have made me feel daringcome to my blog