The Bookstore

The Bookstore

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Baker & Taylor
Discovering she is pregnant after her boyfriend dumps her, a young British student in New York takes on a part-time job at a shabby, used book store and finds salvation among the colorful characters who work and shop there.

Baker
& Taylor

Discovering she is pregnant after her boyfriend dumps her, a young British student in New York takes on a part-time job at a shabby, used book store and finds salvation among the colorful characters who work and shop there. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Brilliant, idealistic Esme Garland moves to Manhattan armed with a pres­tigious scholarship at Columbia University. When Mitchell van Leuven— a New Yorker with the bluest of blue New York blood—captures her heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic, life seems truly glorious . . . until a thin blue line signals a wrinkle in Esme’s tidy plan. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all.

Determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. The oddball customers are a welcome relief from Columbia’s high-pressure halls, but the store is struggling to survive in this city where nothing seems to last.

When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she, like her beloved book­store, lose more than she can handle? A sharply observed and evocative tale of learning to face reality without giv­ing up on your dreams, The Bookstore is sheer enchantment from start to finish.

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2013
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781476714240
147671424X
Branch Call Number: FIC MEY
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,21 cm.

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Apr 28, 2015

It took about 100 pages for me to get into this book. I kept wanting to stop reading it because it was not well written. The characters were very shallow and the ending left me hanging. I think Esme would have been a stronger person than she was because she came to N.Y. on her own working on her education. She also seemed to have more money than most collage kids. Would she really do all that just to keep Mitchell? Loved the Owl Bookstore

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1_Great_Book
Oct 06, 2014

Fully enjoyed Esme's impressions of Americans as an outsider, complete with British vocabulary (pushchair, flat, etc.) and stiff upper lip-ness.

The Owl is one of the best parts of the entire book.

I would have liked to see a bit more interaction and development of the characters - kind of feeling like a sequel would be nice.

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bixby
Jul 26, 2014

I love books about bookstores - especially used book stores and the quirky creatures who usually work at and browse in them. Wonderful story, wonderful characters!

LaughingOne Nov 03, 2013

The description by Baker & Taylor of the sequence of events in this novel is incorrect and a bit misleading. And I don't understand how Esme can want to be with Mitchell. It took a few pages to really get into the story, but once in, I was captivated. I love independent bookstores; the Owl drew me in with its quirky employees and customers. I loved the descriptions of New York and of the cultural differences felt by British student Esme. There is much to enjoy in this novel. I encourage you to read it.

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Jul 26, 2014

A young British woman studying at Columbia in New York City finds a job ... and a new family of quirky characters... at a used bookstore.

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