The storied life of A.J. Fikry: a novel
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
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Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
260 pages ; 22 cm.
Status:
East Hampton Adult Fiction
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A New York Times Bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and a #1 LibraryReads Selection "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 A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.  Gabrielle Zevin's enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. "Readers who delighted in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole's Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving." -- Library Journal, starred review "Wade into summer reading with this sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship--and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won't want it to end." -- Family Circle "Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere." -- Booklist "Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty." -- Publishers Weekly "A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time." --Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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ISBN:
9781616203214, 1616203218, 9781616204518, 1616204516

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When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, the only bookstore on Alice Island, has already lost his wife. Now, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her." A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Zevin, G. (2014). The storied life of A.J. Fikry: a novel. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Zevin, Gabrielle. 2014. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Zevin, Gabrielle, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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