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The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
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Feb 29, 12

Recommended for: Hester, potential visitors to London
Read from February 26 to 29, 2012

I read 84, Charing Cross Road several years ago at the suggestion of one of my professors in library school. I recently got the chance to see the movie with Ann Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, and it was wonderful! I read this sequel right on the heels of seeing the movie. What a great story. Written in diary form, it tells of the author's visit to London in 1971. What I chuckled at was her reasoning that since her brother gave her $100.00 for the trip, that amount would enable her to stay in London an extra week! Times have changed. It is apparent that this woman lived life to its fullest. She was well-read, and well-liked by just about everyone who met her. Her descriptions of what she saw and did in London and its surroundings would make entertaining reading for anyone who is considering a visit to England.

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