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November Book Club - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Description: On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch 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 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 from all the people 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 bookstore. 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 ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals 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 wisdom 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 didn't see coming. 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 love.

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  • Ashley

    I have to work til 7:( I loved the book! I'd be able to get there by 7:30 if that's ok?

    1 · November 18, 2014

    • Rebecca

      Absolutely! We may have started discussing but you're more then welcome to join us. I look forward to meeting you!

      November 18, 2014

  • Michelle

    I read the book and was looking forward to this until I realized the reason the date sounded familiar is because it's the same day as my MIL's birthday. Hopefully I'll be able to make the book swap next month.

    November 15, 2014

  • Murielle C.

    I would come, except the vacation continues, and I'll be in the Berkshires for a week,starting today. Looks like a great book.

    1 · November 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make October's but will definitely be at this one!

    1 · October 22, 2014

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