MOBI ✓ DOC The Storied Life of AJ Fikry 9781616203214 FREE À GABRIELLE ZEVIN


MOBI The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

MOBI ✓ DOC The Storied Life of AJ Fikry 9781616203214 FREE À GABRIELLE ZEVIN æ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Storied Life of AJ Fikry Author Gabrielle Zevin – Eyltransferservices.co.uk As surprising as it is moving The Storied Life of A J Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformationM all the people of Alice Island from Chief Lambiase the well intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay his sister in law who is hell bent on saving AJ from his dreary self; from Amelia the lovely and idealistic if eccentric Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island refusing to be deterred by AJ's bad attitude Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him These days he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidl A town isn't a town without a bookstorewhile it's true that this is the literary euivalent of a stone skipped over a pond it's a pretty damn charming stone reading about other booknerds even when they are better described as bookcranks is delightful to me A Novel Bookstore Salamander Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore etc are among my favorite books are they the best books ever written? nah but they have characters whose sensibilities are so close to my own it's hard not to feel a little heartswell when you encounter them because if you're on goodreads at all you know that books matter whether you read the kinds of vampire books that fikry laments or the serious tomes he applauds although considering he esteems The Book Thief hasn't finished proust's ISOLT and dismisses Infinite Jest i'm taking his purported book snobbery with a grain of salt you know the power of a good story even when it's just a sweet little piece of light escapismthis is a love letter to booklovers about the power of the written word to bring people together whether the relationships be romantic parental or book clubbyseveral of these relationships involve the titular aj fikry; a bookstore owner and widower living on a small island somewhere new england y who finds himself entrusted with the care of a two year old named maya after she is abandoned in his bookstore he's already old man curmudgeonly although still in his thirties but finds the raising of maya and instilling in her his own love of books to be one of those rewarding experiences that enriches one's life and is all sorts of inspirational although he expresses it differently Fucking love he thinks What a bother It's completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death to drive his business to ruin The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing he finds he has to start giving a shit about everythingand give a shit he does as his love for maya allows him to nurture other feelings including reluctantly acknowledged romantic ones for a vibrant book loving woman with her own relationship baggage in a comment that sounds like something ripped right out of Madame Bovary Her mother likes to say that novels have ruined Amelia for real menthankfully for fikry this is not true because he is indeed a real flawed man but he's also the kind of man whose first date chatter involves In what restaurant based on a novel would you have preferred to dine?so he's got some good points so it's a romance and a sort of cozy mystery although the theft of his copy of Tamerlane Poem is not important to the story until it is and one of those cheeky feel good smalltown books in which suicides both occur and are contemplated and people die and there are miscarriages and infidelity but it's all glossed over in the same way as those other pesky realities like how an abandoned child scenario would really be handled because noso despite the supremely precocious maya and the novel's relentlessly cheerful tone both of which i would ordinarily find irritating i enjoyed the bookyness of it than i was irritated by its greeting card outlook all the discussions about the perils of e books and chain bookstores the only thing worse than a world with big chain bookstores was a world with NO big chain bookstoresthe methods of publishing reps the assessment that blurbs are the blood diamonds of publishing nerd as a term of endearment all the meta stuff at the beginning if this were a book it's all stuff from my world so it's easy to love it's a very uick read about bookfolk that may not be the most cerebral thing on the shelves but it's hard not to get caught up in its genuine enthusiasm and start nodding along nerdily at certain momentsit's summer enjoy yourself my answer James and the Giant Peach with giant animatronic bugs slightly scarier than the ones on the film and a menu includingbaked peaches with ricotta and honeychicken with peach chutneypeach cobblerpeach crisppeach and pancetta pizzapeach souppeanut butter and bacon burger with peach chutneysalmon and peachesnow if you will excuse me all those peaches have made me feel daringcome to my blog

The Storied Life of AJ FikryM all the people of Alice Island from Chief Lambiase the well intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay his sister in law who is hell bent on saving AJ from his dreary self; from Amelia the lovely and idealistic if eccentric Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island refusing to be deterred by AJ's bad attitude Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him These days he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidl A town isn't a town without a bookstorewhile it's true that this is the literary euivalent of a stone skipped over a pond it's a pretty damn charming stone reading about other booknerds even when they are better described as bookcranks is delightful to me A Novel Bookstore Salamander Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore etc are among my favorite books are they the best books ever written? nah but they have characters whose sensibilities are so close to my own it's hard not to feel a little heartswell when you encounter them because if you're on goodreads at all you know that books matter whether you read the kinds of vampire books that fikry laments or the serious tomes he applauds although considering he esteems The Book Thief hasn't finished proust's ISOLT and dismisses Infinite Jest i'm taking his purported book snobbery with a grain of salt you know the power of a good story even when it's just a sweet little piece of light escapismthis is a love letter to booklovers about the power of the written word to bring people together whether the relationships be romantic parental or book clubbyseveral of these relationships involve the titular aj fikry; a bookstore owner and widower living on a small island somewhere new england y who finds himself entrusted with the care of a two year old named maya after she is abandoned in his bookstore he's already old man curmudgeonly although still in his thirties but finds the raising of maya and instilling in her his own love of books to be one of those rewarding experiences that enriches one's life and is all sorts of inspirational although he expresses it differently Fucking love he thinks What a bother It's completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death to drive his business to ruin The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing he finds he has to start giving a shit about everythingand give a shit he does as his love for maya allows him to nurture other feelings including reluctantly acknowledged romantic ones for a vibrant book loving woman with her own relationship baggage in a comment that sounds like something ripped right out of Madame Bovary Her mother likes to say that novels have ruined Amelia for real menthankfully for fikry this is not true because he is indeed a real flawed man but he's also the kind of man whose first date chatter involves In what restaurant based on a novel would you have preferred to dine?so he's got some good points so it's a romance and a sort of cozy mystery although the theft of his copy of Tamerlane Poem is not important to the story until it is and one of those cheeky feel good smalltown books in which suicides both occur and are contemplated and people die and there are miscarriages and infidelity but it's all glossed over in the same way as those other pesky realities like how an abandoned child scenario would really be handled because noso despite the supremely precocious maya and the novel's relentlessly cheerful tone both of which i would ordinarily find irritating i enjoyed the bookyness of it than i was irritated by its greeting card outlook all the discussions about the perils of e books and chain bookstores the only thing worse than a world with big chain bookstores was a world with NO big chain bookstoresthe methods of publishing reps the assessment that blurbs are the blood diamonds of publishing nerd as a term of endearment all the meta stuff at the beginning if this were a book it's all stuff from my world so it's easy to love it's a very uick read about bookfolk that may not be the most cerebral thing on the shelves but it's hard not to get caught up in its genuine enthusiasm and start nodding along nerdily at certain momentsit's summer enjoy yourself my answer James and the Giant Peach with giant animatronic bugs slightly scarier than the ones on the film and a menu includingbaked peaches with ricotta and honeychicken with peach chutneypeach cobblerpeach crisppeach and pancetta pizzapeach souppeanut butter and bacon burger with peach chutneysalmon and peachesnow if you will excuse me all those peaches have made me feel daringcome to my blog

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The Storied Life of AJ Fikry æ 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 loveWe are not uite novelsWe are not uite short storiesIn the end we are collected worksA 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 fro I’m starting to think I’m the only bibliophile on earth who didn’t care for this book After everything I’d read about it I didn’t think it could possibly fail to be fantastic For me though it tips way too far into chick lit and YA territory and succumbs too often and too early to schmaltz and melodramaNow there are certainly some good points AJ himself an independent bookseller and just coping widower is a delightfully irascible character with some decided literary prejudices that I can certainly affirm no series no genre mash ups no celebrity memoirs and – please dear God – no vampires Zevin’s literary references range from the classical to the contemporary and are bang on trend eg Alice Munro and David Foster WallaceI truly enjoyed the first two chapters with the uaint mystery of the stolen Poe first edition and as a believer in bibliotherapy I appreciated Zevin’s insistence on “the necessity of encountering stories at precisely the right time in our lives” I could even stomach the burgeoning romance between AJ and Amelia the uirky Knightley Press sales rep who takes the ferry out from Hyannis to visit Island Books “Her specialty is persnickety little bookstores and the particular breed that runs them” so it seems she’s found the perfect place 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 spoilerwidower AJ adopts Maya a little girl abandoned in the store’s children’s section by her mother a suicidal Harvard student Come on the baby on the doorstep – can you get any clichéd than that? Then as Maya grows into a young woman AJ and Amelia try to make the relationship between a New York City working girl and a small town entrepreneur work hide spoiler TEXT ✓ The Storied Life of AJ Fikry Õ Gabrielle Zevin

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Gabrielle Zevin Õ The Storied Life of AJ Fikry MOBI YAnd then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore It's a small package though large in weight an unexpected arrival that gives AJ 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 AJ for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of AJ's world Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see comin 45 Stars — because how can any bonafide book nerd not adore this uirky and heartfelt tribute to literatureI don’t know about you but I could dwell inside the richly entertaining mind of one AJ Fickry forever Or at least every other weekend Because that’s exactly what this novel simulates a casual stroll through the mind of a complex yet vastly simple middle aged widower whose outlook on life has deflated Life has knocked him down as it tends to do and AJ finds comfort in the cold embrace of pessimism and gloomAnd of course in his ownership of the town’s one and only bookstoreBut a mysterious “package” popping up in his store will spark a powerful change in AJ and even the townspeople who typically view him as a grouchy ol’ book snob will take notice The heart of this story explores the process of grief and the regaining of hope—but in a very gentle manner The tragedies although deep are not pronounced within its writing This plot mimics life in the way that it keeps moving forward And despite the fact that its reader will likely be moved to tears the next chapter follows bringing with it the inevitable “new day” whether you’re ready for it or not Along with the side effects of heartache this author infuses generous amounts humor a wholesome romance and a sprinkle of mystery within these pages AJ’s selective taste for uality literature is endearing and his judgments of the rest of the book world—comical I loved the various references to classics and how each chapter begins with the mention of one—AJ’s uniue perspective included He often views the people in his world as characters in a book predicting their next move based off his astute knowledge of fictional being behavior The I think about it the this book just seems so incredibly simple yet has hit me with such surprising force that I can still feel it buzzing I’ve claimed times than I can count how I’ll “never forget” a book But time passes and only a select few truly stand out I think this will be one of those few Just some of my favorite AJ uotes ”What a stupid melodramatic thing for her to do What a goddamn Danielle Steel move Nic If this were a novel I’d stop reading right now I’d throw it across the room”“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the uestion what is your favorite book?”“Someday you may think of marrying Pick someone who thinks you're the only person in the room”“We read to know we’re not alone We read because we are alone We read and we are not alone We are not alone Shout out to Crumb whose enthusiastic review of this one made me rush to purchase on