The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel / Gabrielle Zevin.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st pbk. ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. The irascible A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, the only bookstore on Alice Island, has already lost his wife. Now, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her." A search for Maya's mother, A.J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
    • Content Notes:
      Lamb to the slaughter -- The diamond as big as the Ritz -- The luck of Roaring Camp -- What feels like the world -- A good man is hard to find -- The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County -- The girls in their summer dresses -- A conversation with my father -- A perfect day for bananafish -- The tell-tale heart -- Ironhead -- What we talk about when we talk about love -- The bookseller.
    • Notes:
      Originally published: 2014.
      Includes a conversation with the author and questions for discussion.
    • ISBN:
      9781616204518
      1616204516
    • Accession Number:
      ocn866938400
      866938400
    • Accession Number:
      fay.488202
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ZEVIN, G. The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel. [s.l.] : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Zevin G. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202. Accessed September 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Zevin, G. (2014). The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Zevin, Gabrielle. 2014. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry : A Novel. Readers Round Table Algonquin. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202.
    • Harvard:
      Zevin, G. (2014) The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (Readers Round Table Algonquin). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202 (Accessed: 16 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Zevin, G 2014, The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel, Readers Round Table Algonquin, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, viewed 16 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry : A Novel. Readers Round Table Algonquin. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Zevin G. The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel [Internet]. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2014 [cited 2019 Sep 16]. (Readers Round Table Algonquin). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.488202

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2014 February #2

In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books. A. J. Fikry, the cantankerous owner of Island Books, is despondent after losing his beloved wife and witnessing the ever-declining number of sales at his small, quirky bookstore. In short order, he loses all patience with the new Knightly Press sales rep, his prized rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, and someone leaves a baby at his store. That baby immediately steals A. J.'s heart and unleashes a dramatic transformation. Suddenly, the picture-book section is overflowing with new titles, and the bookstore becomes home to a burgeoning number of book clubs. With business on the uptick and love in his heart, A. J. finds himself becoming an essential new part of his longtime community, going so far as to woo the aforementioned sales rep (who loves drinking Queequeg cocktails at the Pequod Restaurant). Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 February #1

A.J. Fikry is the owner of Island Books on Alice Island (think Martha's Vineyard) near Hyannis, MA. Over his porch hangs the faded sign "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A.J. is a young widower, struggling to keep the bookstore afloat and his increasingly lonely life intact. Matchmaking attempts by the islanders for Fikry have failed miserably. His prickly reactions to friends and customers have discouraged attempts to help him heal. Even the publishers' sales reps who call on the store cringe at his strident and curmudgeonly manner. Then one day A.J. discovers in his store a child abandoned by her mother, and his life takes a surprising turn. Maya is a bright and precocious two-year-old who steals his heart. As word spreads of his efforts at single parenting, the store becomes a community focus once again, and everyone takes a hand in raising young Maya—including a charming rep who had been so gruffly chased away. VERDICT Readers who delighted in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole's Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.—Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA

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PW Reviews 2014 January #3

The only thing that's "storied" in the life of A.J. Fikry, a curmudgeonly independent bookseller, in this funny, sad novel from Zevin (The Hole We're In), is his obvious love of literature—particularly short stories. Fikry runs Island Books, located on Alice Island, a fictional version of Martha's Vineyard. It's a "persnickety little bookstore," in the words of Amelia Loman, the new sales rep for Knightley Press. Her first meeting with Fikry does not go well. He's disgruntled by the state of publishing, and bereft because his beloved wife, Nic, recently died in a car accident. Soon after the meeting, he suffers another loss: a rare first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's poem Tamerlane (Fikry's primary retirement asset) goes missing. But then Fikry finds an abandoned toddler in his bookstore with a note saying, "This is Maya. She is twenty-five months old." Somewhat unbelievably, Maya ends up in his care and, predictably enough, opens the irascible bookseller's heart. The surprisingly expansive story includes a romance between Fikry and Amelia, and follows Maya to the age of 18 before arriving at a bittersweet denouement. Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious. Agent: Doug Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Apr.)

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