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The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by [Zevin, Gabrielle]
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The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both (Washington Post)

Packed with the love of a life lived around books (Metro)

This wonderful, funny, uplifting homage to bookshops is an absolute treat. I've bought it for everyone I know (Paula Daly Huffington Post)

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'Delightful! I read [it] in one sitting. 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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1322 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408704617
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DI7HJYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a story all about a bookshop owner, a young bookworm, and a book seller. Each chapter opens with a quote from one of the bookshop owner's favourite books. You may get the impression that this book is all about books. You'd be right.

If you're still reading, then that probably means you're a bit of a book lover too.

This is a story of how books can affect people's lives. Each character is affected by the printed word. And it's also a love story (and not just about a love of books!).

A.J.Fikry sells books, in a bookshop on an island. Disheartened since the premature death of his beloved wife, he treats publisher's agent Amelia with initial rudeness when she first comes to discuss her latest new titles. But a sudden surprising event changes Fikry's outlook, hopes and priorities for good, and Island Books starts to change, and change people's lives with it.

I know that's an incredibly brief summary, but I wouldn't want to spoil the story for anyone. There may be nothing new under the sun, and nothing here that hasn't been written before, but Zevin has created a true and moving tribute to the printed book that warmed me to read. Someone else knows how I feel about books and reading - each character portrays different aspects of the reader. We see begrudging readers become book club advocates, children growing up among their favourite characters, books bringing people together.

This is one you'll race through, then wish you'd taken your time over. It's bittersweet, uplifting and a must for any lover of literature.

Review of a Netgalley advance copy.
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I loved, loved,loved this book. If ever a novel was meant to be widely read & turned into an Oscar winning movie ,it's this one.
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By SueKich TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2016
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This is a book that I believe will appeal to all lovers of reading. It’s about a 40-something widower who runs a bookshop on an island called Alice near Hyannis in Massachusetts. He is grumpy about more or less everything but he is particularly grumpy about what his customers choose to read. The sign over the door reads: “Island Books. Alice Island’s Exclusive Provider of Fine Literary Content since 1999. ‘No Man is an Island; Every Book is a World’”

Each chapter commences with a brief recommendation of a short story to a character called Maya. As the story progresses, we learn who Maya is and why AJ is writing these recommendations for her. We also meet several engaging characters along the way, notably Amelia, a “dandelion” of a tall young woman who is struggling to find the right man and Lambiase, the local police chief who late in life discovers the value of a good book. One or two plot points are rather too neatly resolved (albeit deeply satisfying for the reader) and Gabrielle Levin’s writing is absolutely captivating – funny, sad, poignant, perfect.
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I had to read this book for my book club and my first thoughts when I read the blurb on the cover was - no not for me! But I was wrong and it took me just 2 days to read. The style of the writing makes it easy to read - I loved the humour, the characters and best of all the way the characters are involved with books! I wanted to know what happens to them and I was totally immersed in their lives. So would recommend even if this isn't your usual genre especially if you're a book lover!
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I love Gabrielle Zevin. Ever since I read Elsewhere I have read every book she has written. Her style is easy to read and you end up wanting to read the next page, then then , then the next. This story has a steady and slower start than here previous books but the story is well crafty and it takes you in, in a cosy way. You won't even realise that you have reached the middle of the book. The story itself (without given too much away) revolves around people. You get to know these people as if they were your friends. The only negative thing was at the end. She told us how the story ended but it went on for about 5 pages too far for me. However, those pages were necessary to wrap things up. It just seemed a bit of an add on when I read it. Fantastic read though from start to finish.
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There was so much to enjoy in this book. It put into words just why books are so fulfilling and can be so life changing. I loved the characters and the way they developed, and there was even a little mystery running through it which was eventually solved. I had not expected a love story, yet this is what it is - people falling in love with books and in the process, with each other.
The ending was not 'fairy tale' but real, and somehow satisfying.
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I loved this. I like books and bookshops and I think anyone who does will love this book. It is easy to read and some might say too predictable. But that isn't the point. It is about relationships and how books and other literature can affect peoples' lives. I didn't find anything to dislike about it.
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I loved it when I heard it in Radio 4 and I loved reading it. The way the story is told with such warmth, keeps you wanting to read more. The characters were likeable people you would want to meet. I would definitely recommend this book!
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