The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the roof 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 mother 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 eople 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 booksho. 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 bility to see everything anew. It does n't take long for the townspeopl 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 perfectio 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 did n't see coming.

As excitin as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an nforgettable retellin of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
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Published April 1st 2014 by Algonquin Books
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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Maybe I could find the words but honestly, that first quote from this onderful book was the right pat to compliment it.

And you will find several quotes in this review since honestly, this is one of the most quotable novels that I ever read.

And believe it or not, they wo n't be all the quotes that I loved here.I LOVE THIS OOK AND THA 'S ONE OF THE BEST NOVEL THAT I EVER READ! And that it is n't a quote!

That 's my honest thinking about it! I have read several positive reviews about the book and I was expecting a good ook, but I never expected that it will be SOOOOOO good and a truly wonderful reading experience! This is a ook about books.

And a priceless detail is that each chapter is titled for some famous short story written by some other uthor in the past and that it 's related in some way to something on the chapter.A good book has characters with evolution and due that ...

Definitely, I want to believe that about this onderful nove, while it was published until this year ( 2014), so I would n't be able to read it before, still, it was the right time for me, since it would be very likely that even two years ago, I would n't be able to appreciate it in the same pat.

Definitely, we are n't the same people twice, each year we change for better or worse and that 's why that you also never read the same book twice, maybe the next time you hate it and twenty years later you got amazed for the same novelett.

... forcing kids to read boo like that that make them think they hate reading.

Maybe your problem wo n't be solved reading this autobiograph, but certainly it will put your soul at peace and with that, being ble to find a solution.

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verything is made " cute. " Cute suicide, cute violent sudden death, cute ( view spoiler) [ cancer ( hide spoiler) ], cute baby abandonment, cute heartlessness, cute infidelity, cute alcoholism.Nothing exists in life that is not adorable, apparently.People seem to love this ook for either two reasons:1.) They want an uplifting, cutesy book about how anything in life happens for a eason, and are n't people and all their quirks just adorable?!? 2.) They like talking about ooks, reading about books, reading books about books, listening to people spout on about books.Look, I get it, I understand.

I love books, I read every day, but I like to read ooks that are about stuff like life and people.

I have n't really reached the meta point of wanting to read ooks that are about books and just constant praise of books.Tl; dr- Predictable, schmaltzy tripe that serves no purpose except to offer a fluffy escape from life ( which sometimes you need, I 'll admit) OR a book-loving masturbatory session where you can think about books and squee over books WHILE reading a memoi.

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His wife- Nic- was the people person, the ne that kept the bookstore running, the dream of his life- and now she is dead- killed in a ar accident a year and a half ago ... ... For the ast ear and a half A.J. 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 customers ... but at least he has a plan- Sell the bookstore and auction off his copy of Tamerlane.

The last is only weeks away ... I will leave my review right there- because I think part of loving this book came from knowing practically nothing about it.

THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY is a retellin of ove, loss, and second chances.

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For me, though, it tips way too far into chick lit and YA territory, and succumbs too often ( and too early) to schmaltz and melodrama.Now, there are certainly some good points.

Then comes Chapter 3 and its plot twist, so coyly avoided by the jacket blurb but so central to the plot that I hardly think it ’ s worth calling it a spoiler: ( view spoiler) [ widower A.J. adopts Maya, a little girl abandoned in the store ’ s parent ’ s ection by her father, a suicidal Harvard student.

As the ovel continues, it becomes more and more like a YA romance, especially with the increasing focus on ( view spoiler) [ Maya, who has unrealistically precocious speech and creative writing ( hide spoiler) ] .The disastrous event A.J. holds with the poe of Amelia ’ s favorite memoir is good stuf, but in general I didn ’ t much enjoy the last two-thirds of the bestselling.

( hide spoiler) ] I ’ m orry, am I just a big cynic?

Does it mean to be a delightfu romance, an independent bookstore lover ’ s Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

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Gabrielle Zevin used nuanced language to describe the character interaction.

She blew life into her haracters and made them come alive on the ages.

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" There ai n't nobody in the world like book people. "

Like most great books, his life twists in a fantasti new direction, introducing him to new people and new ways of thinking.

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