Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (88)

This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

The Bookstore
By Deborah Meyler
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Summary: A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.

Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.

The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?

A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.

I saw the cover of this book and knew it was something I absolutely had to read. Then, when I saw the summary and how it was about someone who works in a quirky used book store in Manhattan, the bookworm in me went crazy. This sounds like an absolutely wonderful read that seems right up my alley. And it's by a debut author! I'm excited to see the world she has created revolving around the magic of books! 


  1. Oh wow the bookstore setting and the cast of characters sound fantastic! I might even brave one of my reading-irks (pregnant characters) for this one. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

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  2. Oh, I love the look and sound of this one! The NY setting, the bookstore itself, and the blurb....thanks! Enjoy!

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  3. Oh man, this one sounds really cute! I like a good cute book every once in awhile!

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  4. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. This sounds absolutely fantastic! What is it about book lovers loving books about books?! I'm exactly the same.

  6. Nice! Love a book that has the main character working in a bookstore! It's fun for some reason!!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  7. This sounds great. I love books about bookstores and quirky characters. Thanks for sharing.


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