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The Bookshop of Yesterdays

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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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Park Row
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Elyse
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A FEW SET UP DETAILS BUT NO SPOILERS.... THIS BOOK IS AS DELICIOUS AS HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM!...with mystery-literary clues sprinkled on top!!!

“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
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Scarlett
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Frankenstein
Fear of Flying
Persuasion
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 r
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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 and it
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LaDonna
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
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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
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
Yodamom
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
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Caitlin
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC and I can’t wait for it to come out June 2018 so I can begin recommending it to everyone. Working in a bookstore, the cover and title first caught my eye, but the story really caught my attention. It has mystery, drama, its fair share of family issues, and a lot of heart. A delightful first read to set the tone for a new year.
Taylor
This novel was a dark horse for me. I requested it from NetGalley because I wanted a small respite from the more noir/darker mysteries that I've been reading lately. I expected it to be much fluffier than it was. THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS is a lovely, smart novel that followed a young woman's journey to fulfill her purpose in life, and how we don't always know where that path will take us. After the death of her uncle, Miranda follows clues in an epic literary scavenger hunt to discover more ab ...more
Courtney Judy
Bookshop of Yesterdays was a story I didn't want to see end. Twists and plot turns that I did NOT see coming, terrible accidents, love affairs, and BOOKS! A great story of perseverance, heartbreak, new love, old love, sibling rivalry, books, death, secrets, books, history, family, dedication, friendship, and did I mention books?! Such a fun, but at times heartbreaking, read. Would love to see this on the big screen, or even on stage.
Ann
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Miranda is devastated when she hears her Uncle Billy has died. She hasn't seen him since she was 12 years old because of a family feud. She loved visiting him in his bookstore and solving the scavenger hunts he always played with her. When she inherits the bookstore she finds he has left one more hunt. I enjoyed reading this story, bookstores are my favorite setting. Miranda discovers family secrets and grows more mature as she solves Uncle Billy's final gift . I liked the ending with Miranda, h ...more
Fictionophile
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
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Erin La
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been in one of those moods where you just want to spend an entire day reading? Luckily, I got an advanced copy of this book just as that mood hit. What an incredibly fun and compelling read! I love books that you actually can't put down, and I found myself just totally consumed by The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Miranda is such a fierce lead character, and the riddles she has to solve are so fun to try and figure out right along with her. Can't recommend this one enough!
Linda Munro
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC via a goodreads giveaway…

A good genealogist knows that a family history search can lead to finding skeletons that no one wants released from a closet. Facts that can changed your life and/or your outlook on life forever!

Maybe you would learn that your Mother lied to you about the cause of your brother’s death; a lie that devastates because it was a parent lying to their own child. Could there be anything worse then knowing a parent lied to you?

Miranda Brooks had grown up ro
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Zimes
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
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Renee
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janet
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018ng, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher ---
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 he
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Shari Suarez
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Miranda's Uncle Billy was a huge part of her childhood, creating fun scavenger hunts and taking her to the bookstore to choose a book. Then when she is twelve, he disappears from her life after a fight with her mom.
Fast forward, several years later and Miranda has a life in Philadelphia. She receives word that her uncle has died and he has created one last scavenger hunt for her. It will lead her back to Los Angeles and to the bookstore that her uncle owned. Family secrets are gradually revealed
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Alisha Marie
Books about books are just mesmerizing. Even if they're not particularly amazing, something about the premise always seems so magical, yet comfortable...like 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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Nupur Govila
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any book which is about books will always get me. But this one was special, it brought together so many of my favourite writers and in such a cleverly woven plot. The most remarkable thing is the emotions it evoked on the journey of Miranda finding herself without becoming overly sentimental or maudlin. Such a lovely book to read. Thank you Netgalley for giving me this.
Leah DeCesare
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story! The fun, well-crafted scavenger hunt, takes the reader through books and people in Miranda's life who have stories she needs to hear. The hunt--that her uncle sets up for her before he dies--helps Miranda learn about who she is and confront what is really important in her life. Clever and engaging.
Jenny
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Great new book! I loved it!
Shirley Cagle
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a pleasurable read. I love books about bookstores and this one did not disappoint.
Caroline Ward-Nesbit
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Edelweiss+ for an advance digital review copy of this book.

I'm a fan of family dramas, mysteries, and books about books, and this wonderful novel combined all of the above and did not disappoint. The scavenger hunt and literary references that lead to the uncovering of Miranda's past and long-held family secrets were clever and tied exceptionally well to the story. The characters were relatable and emotionally honest. Well done!
Ellen
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet romance for book lovers. I skimmed the last half to be sure my predictions were correct. They were.
Laurie
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
I feel like I should have enjoyed this book more than I did, considering the setting is an independent bookstore. I did find Miranda's journey into uncovering the secrets of her past to be interesting but not gripping.

*Thanks to edelweiss for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has two of my favorite things: references to great books (one of my passions) and Los Angeles' east side (my adopted home). Meyerson is the rare writer who can keep me interested in the plot and characters' relationships AND write deep and beautiful sentences that make me stop, think, and highlight. Highly recommended for both a quick, fun read to see what happens and a slower, thought-provoking rumination on the presence (or absence) of secrets in your own life and family.
Kari
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
I picked up an advanced readers copy at a library conference - a book about bookstores and reading, of course it was a popular choice at the conference! And the story did not disappoint. Miranda hasn't spoken to her Uncle Billy in 16 years, since she was 12 years old. She receives a package in the mail that leads her on a scavenger hunt reminiscent of the adventures he used to set up for her as a kid.

But this time Billy is dead, and the scavenger hunt will lead her to the truth about her past.
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Lindsay
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well developed, relatable, complex characters are what usually pulls me into a book. The relationships between the characters keeps me reading! The author does a great job of making Miranda, her family, and all of the people she meets along the way feel like long lost friends. The book is filled with complex family dynamics which keep the reader engaged in the story and waiting to find out what is going to happen next. I found myself thinking about what would happen next and where the characters ...more
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Amy Meyerson teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.

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