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The Bookshop of Yesterdays

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  22,094 ratings  ·  3,405 reviews
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Park Row
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Melissa Paquin When Miranda first meets Malcolm, she describes him as 30 something. He started working at the bookstore in college so he was working with Billy for 1…moreWhen Miranda first meets Malcolm, she describes him as 30 something. He started working at the bookstore in college so he was working with Billy for 10 years. Naturally, they formed a friendship.(less)

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Elyse  Walters
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Every family has its unspoken stories. Billy was ours. It didn’t matter whether or not it was sad”.

Miranda grew up in Southern California as an only child. Her mother tells her that she was named after one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’. Miranda, the daughter of Prospero, was her mother’s favorite female literary character
2 stars--it was OK.

What I liked: The bookstore setting and literary "clues" were fun. The author clearly loves books and reading, and that shows.

What I didn't like: The main character, Miranda, was selfish and unlikable. Why was she with her boyfriend? They seemed to despise each other. Why was her best friend her best friend? They had nothing in common. She treated the people around her poorly, and I didn't see much growth by the end of the book. I really disliked her and her self absorption!

Diane S ☔
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 Miranda Brooks adored her Uncle Billie. Anytime he spent time with her they had so much fun, treasure hunt ts, clues to follow, and his bookstore Prosperos where she loved spending time. Then on her 12thb birthday something happens between her mom and Billie. She would not see him again, but on his death she found d he left her his bookstore, a letter and clues to follow. Billie's story was not the joyous one she had always envisioned.

I enjoyed this, bookstore, clues left in beloved books,
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.5 stars

“At the beginning, it seems like a play about vengeance but it’s really about forgiveness.”
–Amy Meyerson

The Tempest
Jane Eyre
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Fear of Flying
The Grapes of Wrath
Bridge to Terabithia

“Whatever clue it held, wherever Billy wanted to lead me I didn’t want to follow anymore”-Amy Meyerson

As a young child, Miranda loved her uncle Billy. He always had the neatest ideas to keep her busy. Because Miranda was a clever girl, Billy often made up
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
A memorable debut that reads like a love song to books and the people that adore them. Amy Meyerson blends family drama and a cast of characters so smoothly that I found this book really difficult to put down.

Miranda Brooks is a middle school history teacher, living in Philadelphia with her teacher boyfriend, when she receives a startling phone call from California telling her that her beloved Uncle Billy has died. A man that she hasn't seen in sixteen years. Miranda soon discovers that she has
Cathrine ☯️
3.75 ☕️ ☕️ ☕️
I won this ARC which publishes June 12 in a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!
My thanks to Harper Collins and the author.

Lately there is a trend in novels with bookshop in the title. At this point I’m surprised we haven’t seen one titled The Girl In The Bookshop. We all know why this is occurring—they know right where to point that bright red laser light. Did someone say the B word? 💥‼️
You want to know if it lives up to the word hype. The author teaches in the writing department at USC a
Jonathan K
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As debut novels go, this an excellent story crafted by an author who teaches writing at the University of Southern California. Heart warming, engaging and illuminating, Amy's tribute to book stores, authors and forgiveness is interesting, emotional and fun. Using scavenger hunt as means for back story, book quotes as metaphors along with characters passionate about storytelling, as the plot evolves, so do the characters. When Miranda slowly uncovers the meaning of clues, we're taken on a journey ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
What an insufferable main character. Kind of an interesting premise, but lacked any emotional or even logical resonance.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced uncorrected copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays is about Miranda, a history teacher on the east coast who's estranged uncle dies and leaves her not only his bookstore in LA but also the clues to a family mystery. The premise is interesting enough and I am always a fan of books about books. My two main problems with this story are the characters and the 'mystery' Miranda is solving . Beyond Miranda and her mother's character (somewhat) they
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A young woman unravels her life one clue at a time after the death of a family member and finds a truth that changes everything. She slowly follows clues with literary ties, that tie in with a bookstore from her youth. She goes down the rabbit hole and does not come out the same.
This has been such a long read, interesting but dragged on with the drama. The author just took so long to get the mystery solved and didn't spend enough time writing about the books she obviously loves. The mystery was
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LaDonna by: Leo Gordy
Easily worthy of 4.78 stars!! Let's round it up to a nice round 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

As I have read an advanced reader copy, I do not want to give away too much information. But, I want to go on record stating that The Bookshop of Yesterdays is destined to be one of this summer's great read! Amy Meyerson introduces us to very relatable characters who must navigate through love, loss, friendship and, of course, family drama. Through the heroine, Miranda Brooks, Meyerson asks us to consider how we defin
Cindy Burnett
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a tribute to independent book stores and the impact of those stores on individuals and the community. As the novel opens, Miranda Brooks inherits a struggling bookstore, Prospero Books, from her estranged uncle. When she was young, he would create elaborate scavenger hunts for her to solve. After his death, she discovers that he has left her one last hunt which she endeavors to solve while trying to save the faltering store. The book’s message of the importance of c ...more
A young woman inherits a bookstore from her uncle and is sent on a mysterious scavenger hunt.

"Yays" for this story:
1. it had an interesting plot;
2. I enjoyed the use of various book titles and quotations as part of the scavenger hunt;
3. at 64%, things really started heating up; and,
4. Ann Marie Gideon was an enjoyable narrator of this audiobook.

"Nays" for this story:
1. I had little sympathy for the main character, Miranda (she won't listen to her friend, her anger towards her mother seems mispla
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read physical books, it is only on very special occasions, like my birth month, that I receive or buy them new. I scored “The Bookshop Of Yesterdays” for about $1.00 locally! To jump in and read a 2018 release within a year was a treat and this is worthy at full price. It is a compelling personal mystery, not the typical drama about saving a bookstore. Amy Meyerson composed her début in an intricate cascade of interpersonal flavour, to delight everyone who follows her journey. Sticking ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Sounded so promising, but the narrator drove me more and more nuts the further I got into it. Cut my losses on p. 163 to move on to something I might enjoy.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bookstores
[3.7] I am pre-disposed to like all books about bookshops and this is better than most that I've read lately. The heroine is smart, the writing is good, the mystery is engaging and the bookstore sounds fabulous. As GR friend Cathrine said "it goes down like cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles on top." ...more
Sherri Thacker
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bookshop of Yesterday’s has a lovely cover of a pile of books on the cover so that is what drew me in right away! Miranda was always close to her Uncle Billy growing up until one day he just stopped showing up. Then one day he dies and she finds out all kinds of secrets about his life. Miranda inherits Uncle Billy’s bookshop and the apartment above it. Uncle Billy had always enjoyed hiding clues for Miranda to find. She had more clues to track down after his death. I really enjoyed this book ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Books about books are often some of the most treasured amoungst those of us that read a lot. I certainly find I have a soft spot for them. Let's face it, who doesn't want to read about a character like themselves that is a voracious reader and where the setting is a bookstore!

Bookish Plot
The Bookshop of Yesterday takes us on a book themed scavenger hunt and touches upon many wonderful pieces of literature including Pride & Prejudice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Picture of Dorian G
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Miranda inherits a bookshop from an uncle she hasn't seen for 16 years. Before that time they used to be close and she never understood what had happened to change that. The book starts off very well, but halfway the story it loses energy. Some of the characters are very selfish and annoying. Still overall I enjoyed reading this book and I'm glad I did.
Robin Bonne
On Miranda’s twelfth birthday, she witnesses a fight between her mom and Uncle Billy. Eventually, their falling out causes Miranda to virtually forget her uncle, so she is surprised to learn of his death and that she inherited his failing bookshop, Prospero Books. Her parents refuse to answer her questions about the past, but her uncle has sent her on one last scavenger hunt to unravel the mystery that tore her family apart. As she uncovers the clues and searches for answers, she grows into the ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I fished this audio-book against my better judgement. The only positive in the book was that, in the beginning, the "mystery" or "secret" that the main character was trying to discover was interesting. I guessed at the answer very early on, though. I kept reading because the author made you believe that there was more to be revealed. In reality, once you know the big secret, there is very little left in the book that was interesting.

Now, for the negatives. First was the profanity. It was extreme
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to stop buying books with the word "bookshop" in the title. It usually ends up being a bad book. I think what killed me the most is that I did not find myself rooting for Miranda at all. She's selfish, she doesn't think about others (her boyfriend, best friend, or even her mother) and demands that people open up to her even when she's being nasty back to them. I was hoping that someone that liked history so much would actually not be a jerk, but there you go. I also didn't think that Meye ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel like I have been reading this book FOREVER. I did really like the bookstore itself, and the book quotes, but the “scavenger hunt” just bugged me, felt glacially slow and uninteresting and unlikely, and the Big Secret felt both unlikely and inevitable at the same time. I guessed it right away, but the reveal took so ridiculously long that I did doubt myself a little, and hoped maybe it would go somewhere more surprising. I did not like Miranda, or her relationship with her obviously-not-go ...more
David Eppenstein
When I started reading this book I had high expectations as it was a book about a bookstore and I am a sucker for books about books. Alas, after getting rather well into the book my disappointment was beginning to build. The bookstore does play into the plot but not to the degree I was hoping for. What there is in the book is a 28 year old woman named Miranda that was raised in L.A. but who now teaches history in a middle school in Philadelphia. There is also a now dead Uncle Billy that hasn't b ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I skipped to the end just to see if they strangled each other in frustration. From the awkward way in which to write dialogue, to the "mysterious" clues left to unravel to truth of your own existence & the attempt to compare her life to The Tempest, it was just painful. Talk to your family.

Schoolteacher Miranda Brooks reaches a crossroads in her life when she learns of her Uncle Billy's death.  He was a big and very important part of her childhood years, but a family rift resulted in her not seeing him for over a decade.  Her mother, unable to find forgiveness in her heart, does not attend her brother Billy's funeral, so Miranda goes alone. With promises to her live-in boyfriend Jay, she embarks from their home in Philadelphia, on what she thinks will be a visit home lasting about ...more
Ange H
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like the Da Vinci Code if it was set in LA and only involved one family and their secrets; the obvious question is: why didn't Uncle Billy just leave a letter telling his niece what he wanted her to know after he died? Instead he sets up a "quest" for her that depends on her solving esoteric clues that would have stumped Robert Langdon. I liked the bookstore setting, but a the niece is really an annoying, self-centered tool. One of the characters even says to her one point, "Jesus, not everythin ...more
Layla (Between the Lines)
“It helps, knowing we’re still happy somewhere.”

I think we can all agree that books are magic. So, give me a story about an old bookstore and a little family mystery and I'm hooked. Anything with "book" in the title is bound to fulfill all of our bookish desires, right? Unfortunately, the excitement wore off for me quite quickly and I found the story to be a little underwhelming. It was still a pleasant read overall and I think some people might enjoy it a lot more than I did. I might just be em
BAM Endlessly Booked
Netgalley #24

Many thanks to Amy Meyerson, HarperCollins, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

Who wouldn't want to own a bookstore??? Ok! YOU! You're off GR now! The rest of you can read my review.
Miranda, names after Shakespeare 's heroine in The Tempest, loves her Uncle Billy. Until he isn't around anymore and then she feels abandoned and betrayed. Fast forward about fifteen years and Billy dies leaving Miranda his bookstore! Wow
But times are tough and she may want to
Alisha Marie
Books about books are just mesmerizing. Even if they're not particularly amazing, something about the premise always seems so magical, yet you're greeting an old friend. And even though The Bookshop of Yesterdays didn't wow me, it was still a little bit like this.

The Good: Again, the premise is amazing! I love books about books, particularly when there is a bookstore or library at its forefront. Prospero Books seems like it would be an awesome bookstore to visit. You have used
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Amy Meyerson is the bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects. Her books have been translated into eleven languages, and her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. Amy teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her master's degree in creative writing. She is currently at work on her third novel ...more

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