Currently Reading- the She Reads April Book Club Selection

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  I was so happy to see that the She Reads April Book Club selection is The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin!

Head over there to reads some great reviews and keep a look out for my review soon.

In 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 means.

A. 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 history, 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 A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears 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 A.J.; 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 A.J.’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 love.

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5 thoughts on “Currently Reading- the She Reads April Book Club Selection

  1. I keep hearing about this book–I think it’s a signal that I need to get on the library hold list for this one! I love reading books about books, so this sounds right up my alley. Nice review!

  2. Yes this is a fantastic read, our book club finished it and we were all very glad to have read it. IF anyone needs a recommendation, try Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl. It’s by Julian Stone, juliandavidstone.com. All about Television in the 1950’s centered in NYC. Really a neat historic fiction. I wouldn’t have thought twice about it, but as a club read I have been so surprised by how great it is!

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