The Bookshop of Yesterdays

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

by Amy Meyerson


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ISBN-13: 9780778319849
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 779
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Amy Meyerson teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.

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The Bookshop of Yesterdays 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A Favorite Debut Offering! Miranda grew up in Southern California, an only child with that one ‘fun’ family member, her Uncle Billy, and his bookstore, Prospero Books. But when Miranda was twelve, Billy didn’t come to her birthday (not unusual) but did appear one last time at 3 am – fighting with her mother and never to be heard from again. Now sixteen years later and living in Philadelphia teaching middle school history, Miranda gets the call from her mother, Billy is dead. Soon this is followed by a book and a clue –the scavenger hunt that would be Billy and Miranda’s last, and she’s off to discover the answer. From rediscovering Prospero Books, left to her in his will, the clue leads her to more discoveries, more clues and more questions. Questions that her mother and father won’t answer, questions that keep Miranda in LA far longer than the week she expected, making her question the life she had known: this search for answers in which she feels much like the worst of Billy – self-centered and selfish, unable to see the world from another’s perspective. I adored this story and Miranda’s search: the riddles and clues left in books, highlighted passages that test everyone: Miranda, her new employees, old friends of Billy. I’m horribly useless when it comes to riddles and solving them, but the alternating moments of frustration and joy that Miranda displays with each new clue, realigning her life in lieu of all of the information she’s discovering about people known and unknown. Far from simply a riddle to be puzzled out: this story celebrates readers, authors, bookshops and the people who love books and all they demand and give. Myerson’s debut offering presents her as an author to watch for readers who want smart, compelling and engaging stories: full of references and characters to engage and enjoy. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chose this based on the cover art and it didn’t disappoint. In addition to the personal story that unfolds, I enjoyed taking short jaunts into the other books and stories that play such a key role. Fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you into its story and keeps you reading to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's 3am and I have finished this beautiful, clever story. I went to bed, but kept thinking about the story, about how it would end. So I got up, snuggled into my chair and opened the book. The loose ends were all tied up and I am cheering for the success of Yesterday's Books, but I
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book was one of my absolute favorites!!! The plot is very creative and it kept me hooked throughout the entire story; there was never a part where I was bored or wanted to put it down. It was very unpredictable. I would suggest this to kids 14+. There were many swears that and referring to adult actions. Nothing to intense. I highly recommend it.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
**Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy!** This was a pretty sweet story. Miranda is living with a guy in Philadelphia, where she is a teacher, and she thinks her life is pretty perfect. But then she finds out her uncle, whom she hasn't seen in 16 years has died. That's bad enough, but then she finds that he has left behind one more scavenger hunt for her. She only hopes they will lead her to the answer about what the final argument was that he had with her mother all those years before. The story had excellent pacing and I enjoyed the characters. However, it was very predictable, and that fizzled some of the excitement. But only some, I don't regret reading this as it fully held my attention from beginning to end. You find yourself rooting for Miranda all the way.
Anonymous 8 days ago
The most enjoyable novel I've read in a while. Was so caught up in Miranda ' s journey of discovery I didn't want it to end. Hope there's a sequel ahead. Yesterday ' s Progress in the works?
Anonymous 15 days ago
I couldn't put the book down and read it in 2 days. Loved it!
Anonymous 3 months ago
GratefulGrandma 4 months ago
The Bookshops of Yesterdays was an enjoyable book. I listened to the audio version of this one, and although the narrator did not change her voice for different characters, it was well narrated and I found I enjoyed hearing all the literary clues and information, more than I probably would have if reading this one. It was both fun and poignant, full of family drama, heartbreak, and love. Some of the things I loved were that it takes place in a bookstore, there is a good mystery to figure out with a scavenger hunt of clues, and the of course the fact that those clues were all literary. As Miranda unravels the clues left in the books of literature, she finds out her life is not what she thought - there were secrets kept. Miranda Brooks adored her Uncle Billy. They spent a lot of time together, always having fun, especially in his bookstore, Prospero Books. The name coming from Midsummer Night's Dream as well as her name. She also had a wonderful relationship with her parents. Suddenly, on her 12th birthday, her mother and Uncle Billy had a huge fight and Miranda never saw him again. Years later, when this story takes place, Uncle Billy has died and Miranda finds out that he has left Prospero Books to her along with a letter and clues to follow. There were many interesting characters who Miranda met working in the bookstore as well as when she followed the clues. As Miranda tries to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, she uncovers secrests kept by Billy and her parents that will change many things. She began to evaluate her own life choices and found them wanting. As she uncovers more secrets about Billy's life, she discovers that her life is inexplicably tied to his and that her parents had secrets of their own. This was a great story about family dynamics, sorrow, forgiveness, going for your dreams and above all love. Using books and a bookstore to share that message is icing on the cake.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Compelling read with challenging literary references Hard to put down
Anonymous 5 months ago
I found this book utterly charming. It has a mystery and complicated relationships that move the story along quickly. I finished it this morning and it was a quick read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
As a retired history teacher , I was captured by Miranda ' s story. I also love independent bookstores, so the core of the story was intriguing . The clues and mystery surrounding the bookstore provided me with the desire to read to the end. Very satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My interest was sparked by the title. In my young days wandering through musty bookstores with over stuffed shelves, just to disappear into those books. I was unprepared for the jolt of Miranda’s life story, and how it unfolded. I enjoyed how all the threads wove a complicated pattern that was her life. Highly recommend this book. One I truly enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically a good book, but I just didn't like the main character. She had too much of a "poor me" attitude even before she knew there was a secret. And the secret was pretty obvious early in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were well developed and completely believable. When Miranda wouldn’t forgive her mother when she was clearly in such pain, it seemed wrong, but then I wasn’t adopted and never told about it. Thanks for writing this book and sharing it with all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written Book And Interesting Topic Covered. Must Buy
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Loved the idea of this book - why wouldn't a booklover love a book about a bookshop?! However, certain of the ideas just were just dragged out and became tedious. Also, personally, I found the relationships between certain characters hard to believe. But the original premise of the story was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Miranda grew up loving books, especially those in her uncle’s bookstore, Prospero Books. On the night of her twelfth birthday, her beloved uncle Billy, maker of riddles and scavenger hunts, finally appeared very late at her house and got into a drunken argument with her mother. That was the last time she would ever see him before he died decades later. Now in her thirties, a letter has arrived with a clue from her deceased uncle. Not only is she to solve the riddles and the biggest puzzle of her life, but in the midst, Billy has left her the bookshop, located in California, across the country from her job as a history teacher and life with a boyfriend in Philadelphia. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a fun little mystery/drama for anyone who loves riddles, bookshops, or literature. For discussion questions, similar books, a recipe for Orange and Fig Jam Muffins, or a list of quotes, visit:
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had just a little bit of everything in it. Family drama, mystery, intrigue, romance, a bookstore (Ha!) and adventure. A story set in a bookstore that mostly takes place in a bookstore with its odd cast of characters and even odder owners. A bookstore that Miranda Brooks inherits from an uncle she hasn't seen in sixteen years. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with it's added surprise ending that I definitely did not see coming. Thanks to Harlequin and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is a recommended novel about family and secrets. Miranda Brooks hasn't seen or heard from her beloved Uncle Billy since her twelfth birthday when Billy and her mom, his sister, had a falling out. Before that day, Billy was always present in her life, if a bit inconsistent due to his job as a seismologist. She loved following the clues in the scavenger hunts he created for her. She loved spending time in Prospero Books, the bookstore he owned. Miranda was devastated when he stopped all contact with her. Now sixteen years later Miranda is a history teacher living in Philadelphia and she has just taken the big step of moving in with her boyfriend. When she learns that her Uncle Billy has died, she decides to return to Los Angeles for the funeral. Once there she discovers that Billy has left her Prospero Books and one final scavenger hunt. Miranda takes on both the failing bookstore and the scavenger hunt, which both reveal family secrets. The writing and story are easy to follow in The Bookshop of Yesterdays and include many literary references in the clues. The result is a nice relaxing choice for summer vacation reading. There are plenty of quirky characters that Miranda meets along the way and some family conflicts that need to be resolved. The big family secret is relatively easy to figure out from the start, which makes the novel more about Miranda's journey and the clues she follows that lead her to the truth. This predictability made the final scavenger hunt feel like it went on for far too long, especially since the references in the clues won't be that obvious for many readers. Life intervened before I finished writing this review and during that time my final rating changed. This is a solid 3 stars, maybe 3.5. The fact that the easily discerned truth was hidden from her never seems to be a reasonable or logical choice for adults to make, which, in turn, makes the scavenger hunt seem rather pointless. Sure it gives her one last connection to Billy, but a heartfelt letter explaining everything would have also worked. Also most adults would have figured it all out earlier, or at least have had a good idea. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books.