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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
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Jan 27, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, british, american, books-and-reading, new-york-city, epistolary
Read in April, 2009

Helene Hanff lives in New York City and is an avid book lover. She much prefers second hand copies (oh so like me) and would rather write to a used book shop in London and order books than walk herself 15 blocks to a local one.

This book is their correspondence. Helene is a smart-alecky writer, humorous and persnickety. I was amazed by her book lust and the titles she was out to find. I often had to read parts of her letters outloud to anyone that would listen, I thought they were so witty. The time period is just post World War 2, so from the reply letters you get an interesting, if brief, look at the lives of normal people during a time of reconstruction.

The back of my copy has a review that claims this book is a "treasure." I couldn't pick a better word. It's a must-read for booklovers.
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