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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A Novel
Zevin, Gabrielle (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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The irascible A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.
Authors: Zevin, Gabrielle
Title: The storied life of A.J. Fikry
a novel
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The irascible A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.
Local Note: MJKNEWAFIC
ISBN: 1616203218
9781616203214
Statement of Responsibility: Gabrielle Zevin
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction. Abandoned children Fiction. Widowers Fiction. Bookstores Fiction. Booksellers and bookselling.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Abandoned children
Widowers
Bookstores
Booksellers and bookselling.
LCCN: 2013043144
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Aug 29, 2014
  • lizhelboe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A little story about a quirky bookstore owner in a small town and the books that he loves. A series of events sends AJ Fikry's life into turmoil. The story follows him as he deals with the unexpected and how it completely changes his trajectory through life.

Aug 28, 2014
  • misswindsor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a comfort read for me. I love reading books about books and I loved A.J. Fikry.

Aug 26, 2014
  • biblio9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fun read for anyone loving books, bookstores and a slightly twisty storyline!

Quirky,sad, then funny. The writing is a tad uneven...but I much enjoyed her work. One may see traces of her writing style of childrens stories?

A short, 'to the point' story that draws you in and allows you to live with A.J. Fikry. Mostly delightful although near the end I was somewhat disappointed not to hear the characters' voices but rather only the narrator's. Perhaps this premise of plot was necessary given the outcome of A.J.'s life.

Aug 12, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book. If you are the kind of person who hates books where the story moves along too slow, this is for you! Reminded me of two of my favorites: The Art of Racing in the Rain The Rosie Project. Hard to see how anyone would be disappointed with this one.

Aug 11, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sentimental tale for lovers of books and bookstores, complete with lots of literary references. The main premise is that reading habits reflect one's character, but both are capable of improvement.

Jul 30, 2014
  • vitareader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story of a grieving widower that is trying to kill himself with drink every night and spends his days being the grumpy guy that owns the local book store is a plot line that could get old fast but that is not the end of the story it is only the beginning . Although The Storied life of A.J. Fikry is a small book it is packed with enough action, secrets, sweetness (and talk about books) to make you keep reading.
Ms. Zevin's style of writing made it easy to know the characters and care about them in a very short time. I also liked the chapter openers that mentioned other books or short stories ,some I have read and some I made note of to read later. It is a charming read.

One of my favourite bits of dialogue was Fikry telling Amelia what kind of books he doesn't like it was a hoot and though I don't agree with all his slams I agreed with enough of them to make me cheer his rant.

Zevin also brings to the fore that books don't make the author. As a child I was unable to separate the book from the author. I never thought to do so . They both had to be good.
Ah, innocence...and pre google.

Jul 30, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a pleasant enjoyable story. Loved the book store setting which provided lots of chuckles.

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Set on Alice Island of the coast of Rhode Island, this is the story of a widowed bookseller, A J Fikry, who finds a toddler in his store when he returns from a run. She is Maya, and the note from her mother says that Maya is smart, verbal, and should grow up around books. Loved the setting, the unusual characters, the numerous book recommendations (esp. YA), and the belief in love overcoming all obstacles. The ending is sad, but with a funny twist. If you liked Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr. Bookstore, you'll like this.

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Apr 29, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first way Maya approaches a book is to smell it. She strips the book of its jacket, then holds it up to her face and wraps the boards around her ears.

Apr 29, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Her [Amelia's] talents also include multitasking, selecting the right wine at dinner (and the coordinating skill, tending friends who've had too much to drink), houseplants, strays, and other lost causes."

Apr 20, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Infinite Jest is an endurance contest. You manage to get through it and you have no choice but to say you like it. Otherwise, you have to deal with the fact that you just wasted weeks of your life,” A.J. had countered.

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Apr 29, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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