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288 pages, Paperback
First published April 1, 2014
Years ago, Lambiase had had to institute a "leave your weapons" policy after a young cop had pulled a gun on another cop during a particularly heated discussion of The House of Sand and Fog. (Lambiase would later reflect to A.J. that the selection had been a mistake. "Had an interesting cop character but too much moral ambiguity in that one. I'm going to stick to easier genre stuff from now on.")3.5 stars.
"I do not like postmodernism, postapocalyptic settings, postmortem narrators, or magic realism. I rarely respond to supposedly clever formal devices, multiple fonts, pictures where they shouldn't be -- basically, gimmicks of any kind. I find literary fiction about the Holocaust or any other major world tragedy to be distasteful -- nonfiction only, please. I do not like genre mash-ups a la the literary detective novel or the literary fantasy. Literary should be literary, and genre should be genre, and crossbreeding rarely results in anything satisfying. I do not like children's books, especially ones with orphans, and I prefer not to clutter my shelves with young adult. I do not like anything over four hundred pages or under one hundred fifty pages. I am repulsed by ghostwritten novels by reality television stars, celebrity pictures books, sports memoirs, movie tie-in editions, novelty items, and — I imagined this goes without saying — vampires. I rarely stock debuts, chick lit, poetry, or translations. I would prefer not to stock series, but the demands of my pocketbook require me to. For your part, you needn't tell me about the 'next big series' until it is ensconced on the New York Times Best Sellers list."
Another 2014 favorite for this book lover!
(It pains me that we are losing our beloved bookstores. I do enjoy my e-reader, but still love my real books more.)
"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 everything."It's a lovely quiet story about the way a life of a lonely and surly bookseller on a remote New England island gets turned around when he unexpectedly finds himself a guardian and then a father of an adorable toddler abandoned in his bookstore. It's a story of how one event can help reaffirm life and steer it into a completely new direction, soothing old wounds and opening new possibilities.
"What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul." ("American Gods" by Neil Gaiman)It's also a story of the world of book selling and book publishing, about the role a brick-and-mortar bookstore can - and should - play in a small community, about the love of books and the connections that they can help form. In the world of e-readers replacing 'dead tree' book and vanishing bookstores outcompeted by online retail giants this book is infused with optimism about the survival of the neighborhood bookstore - and what's more important, the simple necessity of such a survival.
"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."