The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

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 h...


Details The Bookshop of Yesterdays

TitleThe Bookshop of Yesterdays
ISBN9780778319849
Author
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherPark Row
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Mystery, Contemporary
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Reviews The Bookshop of Yesterdays

  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • LaDonna
    1970-01-01
    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 h...
  • Robin Bonne
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sherri Thacker
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Yodamom
    1970-01-01
    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 abo...
  • Caitlin
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 a...
  • Courtney Judy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Erin La
    1970-01-01
    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 he...
  • Linda Munro
    1970-01-01
    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 knowin...
  • Zimes
    1970-01-01
    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 M...
  • Renee
    1970-01-01
    I really wanted to love this book; I just felt a little off about it. I found the scavenger hunt part intriguing and clever, but a little too dragged out at times. For the most part, I liked the character of Miranda, but had she been a friend of mine in real life, I might have slapped her. She starts to think about other people's feelings, and then just turns and it's all about her again. I get that she was mourning the loss of Billy, and that sh...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    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 twelft...
  • Shari Suarez
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Alisha Marie
    1970-01-01
    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 wou...
  • Nupur Govila
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    Great new book! I loved it!
  • Shirley Cagle
    1970-01-01
    This was such a pleasurable read. I love books about bookstores and this one did not disappoint.
  • Caroline Ward-Nesbit
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Sweet romance for book lovers. I skimmed the last half to be sure my predictions were correct. They were.
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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) o...
  • Kari
    1970-01-01
    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 scavenge...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    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 abo...
  • Fictionophile
    1970-01-01
    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, o...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    The word "bookshop" in the title was enough for me to pluck this off the shelf and into my hot little hands. (That's not really true, my hands generally run cold.) In many ways, this novel is an ode to independent bookstores, to those reading aficionados who still prefer to peruse the aisles of their local (if they should happen to be so fortunate) shops rather than clicking on Amazon. Lovers of literature will undoubtedly warm at the mention of ...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    In The Bookshop of Yesterdays, Miranda Brooks has been willed her estranged uncle's bookstore, a place where she spent a great deal of time as a child. Mysteriously, her uncle has also sent her clues for a scavenger hunt that she hopes will lead her to the truth of what happened so many years ago that led her uncle to disappear from her life completely. The novel is an exploration that defines family and home. History is also a large theme here, ...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Miranda idolized her uncle Billy growing up. Her parents had a difficult relationship with him but she loved the little adventures she and Billy would take. He was in and out of her life. His research of earthquakes kept him away. When he was home, he’d often bring Miranda to his bookstore Prospero Books. As a child, she felt like it was her store too.When she was twelve, Billy and her parents got into a huge fight. Things never resolved and sh...
  • Tatiana
    1970-01-01
    Full disclosure: it took me about 80 pages to stop being hyper aware that I was reading my friend's book.But at some point everything fell away and I was inside the book, looking around, watching events unfold, impatient with the LA traffic. I know I'm complete enthralled when things like a decent bedtime and getting to work on time (at all?) and even baseball are major annoyances taking me away from the one thing I want to do, which is keep read...