The Bookshop of Yesterdays4 Stars

Published June 12th 2018 by HQ Digital
Published June 12th 2018 by Harper Audio

The Bookshops of Yesterdays was an enjoyable book. I listened to the audio version of this one, and although the narrator did not change her voice for different characters, it was well narrated and I found I enjoyed hearing all the literary clues and information, more than I probably would have if reading this one. It was both fun and poignant, full of family drama, heartbreak, and love. Some of the things I loved were that it takes place in a bookstore, there is a good mystery to figure out with a scavenger hunt of clues, and the of course the fact that those clues were all literary. As Miranda unravels the clues left in the books of literature, she finds out her life is not what she thought – there were secrets kept.

Miranda Brooks adored her Uncle Billy. They spent a lot of time together, always having fun, especially in his bookstore, Prospero Books. The name coming from Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as her name. She also had a wonderful relationship with her parents. Suddenly, on her 12th birthday, her mother and Uncle Billy had a huge fight and Miranda never saw him again. Years later, when this story takes place, Uncle Billy has died and Miranda finds out that he has left Prospero Books to her along with a letter and clues to follow. There were many interesting characters who Miranda met working in the bookstore as well as when she followed the clues. As Miranda tries to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, she uncovers secrets kept by Billy and her parents that will change many things. She began to evaluate her own life choices and found them wanting. As she uncovers more secrets about Billy’s life, she discovers that her life is inexplicably tied to his and that her parents had secrets of their own. This was a great story about family dynamics, sorrow, forgiveness, going for your dreams and above all love. Using books and a bookstore to share that message is icing on the cake.

About the Book: 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 mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy–and one final scavenger hunt.

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books–now as its owner–she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden–and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.

Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdaysis a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.

Amy MeyersonAbout the Author: Amy Meyerson is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Southern California. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California.  Her first novel, “The Bookshop of Yesterdays,” is an international bestseller and will be translated into eight languages. She currently lives in Los Angeles.