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Sara (mootastic1) | 770 comments Charming. Delightful. A gem. Laugh out loud funny. Can't miss.

I could use any of these well worn words and phrases to describe this treasure (there I go again!) and every one of them would be true. I read this book cover to cover in 2 sittings. It would have been 1 if my son hadn't expected me to put it down and drive him home. I absolutely adored every word of this collection of letters between an American lover of antiquarian books on a budget and the London bookseller who provided them to her. Helene was an absolute riot, and I literally laughed embarrassingly loud at several excerpts. It is a lucky thing that my reading was split between the privacy of my car and my own couch, because I am certain I would have been the object of public humiliation should it have happened somewhere less private.

I cannot believe that I would have missed this book were it not included on the PBT non-fiction list. Whichever members recommended it and those who voted for its inclusion, thank you so much. It will most certainly find its way into my permenant library, and I will be recommending it to every book lover I know.

Anne Bancroft wrote the introduction to my edition in which she tells the story of how a wandering reader at Fire Island, an unknown person to her, said she would love this book and the next day handed her a copy. This reader was so spot on in his recommendation that her husband bought the movie rights so that she could star in it. I have not seen the movie, but I will certainly be watching it soon. I do not know how it could possibly capture the charm of Hanff's letters to Marks & Co but I think it is certainly worth viewing.

In short, read this book. You won't regret it. And if you do, you haven't the soul of a book-lover.


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6279 comments I have seen the movie and it is wonderful...it's been on my tbr ever since!


Sara (mootastic1) | 770 comments BC, I drove to a third library yesterday just to check out the movie because I was too impatient to wait for them to send it to me. I hope to watch it tomorrow. I highly recommend you read the book for this tag. It took maybe an hour to read and was really just so enjoyable. It is seriously going to become the book I proselytize to everyone.


message 4: by Joi (new) - rated it 4 stars

Joi (missjoious) | 3831 comments Looking to be a good read for July!!


Barbara M (barbara-m) | 2283 comments I loved it as much as you! It has stayed with me for years. The movie was good but (as always!) the book is better.


annapi | 5129 comments Ok, you've convinced me - on the TBR it goes.


Nileema | 150 comments lovely review - looking forward to reading this!


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6279 comments I've put a hold on it at the library.


Anita Pomerantz | 6671 comments Oh wow!!! Moving this way up on my list. Thanks for this review . . .love the definitive ones!


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Ladyslott | 1880 comments Love this book, I'm pretty sure I nominated it for the PBT 100 list. The movie is lovely.


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6279 comments Ladyslott wrote: "Love this book, I'm pretty sure I nominated it for the PBT 100 list. The movie is lovely."

And I love that Mel Brooks went right out and bought the movie rights to the book so that his wife, Anne Bancroft, could star in it.


message 12: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara (mootastic1) | 770 comments I watched the movie this morning. They changed the ending which annoyed me, but the movie was sweet. It is the sort of movie my mom would love. I will have to ask her if she has seen it.


Linda C (libladynylindac) | 1141 comments This is the book I always refer to when someone asks me for my favorite book ever!


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Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments I just checked this out from the library, picked it up, and it is in Spanish! lol. Back to the drawing board ;)


Blueberry (blueberry1) My library doesn't own the movie. Maybe I can get it through interlibrary loan.


annapi | 5129 comments Ok, I can't find the thread where someone - was it Anita? was saying she couldn't find a Kindle version of this book. I have both epub and mobi, so whoever it is, email me and I can send it to you!


message 17: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara (mootastic1) | 770 comments Nicole wrote: "I just checked this out from the library, picked it up, and it is in Spanish! lol. Back to the drawing board ;)"

What, you don't think this book is worth learning Spanish?


message 18: by Nicole R (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments I am sure I can successfully become fluent in the 21 days before the book is due! Let's do this!!


Blueberry (blueberry1) That's the spirit! You go girl!


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