Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Another Bookstore I Want to Visit | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Beach read alert!

or

I’m sick and don’t have much in the way of focus alert!

I borrowed The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin from my sister-in-law on Labor Day weekend. It’s a book I’ve heard quite a bit about and certainly wanted to give it a shot because it was about a bookstore and a man who loves books. I can admire that.

I will admit that I read this book while I was suffering from a cold. It doesn’t have much in the way of deep revelations about life. It’s a lighter adult fiction read. The characters are fairly two-dimensional and predictable, but I did enjoy “A.J. Fikry.” Perhaps the cold medicine took over my brain, but by the end of the story I wanted to vacation on Alice Island and spend hours in Island Books. It sounded like my kind of place.

Sometimes, I guess, one needs a lighter read. For those times there are books like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry that fill that space. You can find comfort in the corners of that familiar bookshop in your mind and forget that you are stuffed up and feeling like crap.

Don’t read “A.J. Fikry” if you are looking for something revolutionary and life changing. Read it if you are looking for something light, familiar and comfortable. It certainly fits that bill. And I’ll see you on Alice Island soon. Meet me for lunch at Pequod’s.

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Another Bookstore I Want to Visit | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Published on: December 2, 2014
Pages: 288
Genres: romance, mystery, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

 

 

 

About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now." Publishers Weekly called the novel "a Corrections for our recessionary times."

Of all her books, she is probably best known for the young adult novel Elsewhere. Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over twenty languages. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own... Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.”

She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. After many years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she recently moved to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

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