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
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherPark Row
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Mystery, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews The Bookshop of Yesterdays

  • Elyse
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Miranda Brooks adored her Uncle Billie. Anytime he spent time with her they had so much fun, treasure hunt ts, clues to follow, and his bookstore Prosperos where she loved spending time. Then on her 12thb birthday something happens between her mom and Billie. She would not see him again, but on his death she found d he left her his bookstore, a letter and clues to follow. Billie's story was not the joyous one she had always envisioned. I enjo...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 stars“At the beginning, it seems like a play about vengeance but it’s really about forgiveness.” –Amy Meyerson The TempestJane EyreAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandFrankensteinFear of FlyingPersuasionThe Grapes of WrathBridge to Terabithia “Whatever clue it held, wherever Billy wanted to lead me I didn’t want to follow anymore”-Amy MeyersonAs a young child, Miranda loved her uncle Billy. He always had the neatest ideas to keep ...
  • 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 wor...
  • Erin
    A memorable debut that reads like a love song to books and the people that adore them. Amy Meyerson blends family drama and a cast of characters so smoothly that I found this book really difficult to put down. Miranda Brooks is a middle school history teacher, living in Philadelphia with her teacher boyfriend, when she receives a startling phone call from California telling her that her beloved Uncle Billy has died. A man that she hasn't seen in ...
  • LaDonna
    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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a tribute to independent book stores and the impact of those stores on individuals and the community. As the novel opens, Miranda Brooks inherits a struggling bookstore, Prospero Books, from her estranged uncle. When she was young, he would create elaborate scavenger hunts for her to solve. After his death, she discovers that he has left her one last hunt which she endeavors to solve while trying to save the falterin...
  • Yodamom
    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...
  • Ingrid
    3.5 starsMiranda inherits a bookshop from an uncle she hasn't seen for 16 years. Before that time they used to be close and she never understood what had happened to change that. The book starts off very well, but halfway the story it loses energy. Some of the characters are very selfish and annoying. Still overall I enjoyed reading this book and I'm glad I did.
  • Sherri Thacker
    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 ...
  • Lisa
    [3.7] I am pre-disposed to like all books about bookshops and this is better than most that I've read lately. The heroine is smart, the writing is good, the mystery is engaging and the bookstore sounds fabulous. As GR friend Cathrine said "it goes down like cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles on top."
  • 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...
  • Sheila
    2 stars--it was OK.What I liked: The bookstore setting and literary "clues" were fun. The author clearly loves books and reading, and that shows.What I didn't like: The main character, Miranda, was selfish and unlikable. Why was she with her boyfriend? They seemed to despise each other. Why was her best friend her best friend? They had nothing in common. She treated the people around her poorly, and I didn't see much growth by the end of the book...
  • Zimes
    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...
  • 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, o...
  • Caitlin
    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.
  • Kara Hansen
    3.5 stars. I received this book from NetGalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book sounded so intriguing: small, quaint bookstore that has been inherited by a young woman, Miranda Brooks. As a young girl, Miranda made many visits to Prospero Books in the company of her beloved uncle, Billy Silver. He would make finding books and learning about them through scavenger hunts at the store. A family rift occurs and ...
  • Kate Olson
    Listened to this one from Scribd - yay for such a great selection of audiobooks there! I also had a hard copy from the library but was able to get to the audio sooner :-) This was an entertaining story with a great premise and I desperately wanted to love it. I ended up enjoying it but not loving - the main character was a struggle for me to have sympathy for, and I figured out the whole mystery in the first few chapters. However, if you are look...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    📚📚📚📚 Four Bookish Stars!A book about books and a bookshop? Yes please! I thought this was brilliant. The mystery has enough time to bulid and you can't stop turning the pages until you find out what it is. The ending is a surprising one and I loved all the scavenger-hunt games, not to mention all the wonderful book references too. The only thing I didn't like (not really 😁) I kept stopping to look up all the amazing book suggestio...
  • 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 a...
  • Renee
    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...
  • 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.
  • EJ
    What an insufferable main character. Kind of an interesting premise, but lacked any emotional or even logical resonance.
  • Sue Em
    First and foremost, this is love song to books and those who love reading them. Miranda Brooks, a Philadelphia history teacher, inherits a bookstore in L.A. from her beloved uncle, Billy, who disappeared from her life after a mysterious rift with her mother. Besides the bookshop, he's left her a series of literary clues in aid of her search for answers. Along the way, you will meet indelible characters and remember just why you love reading. Char...
  • Heather
    This was a great story but it lost its momentum for me a bit in parts, then it would pick back up again. The writing was very good, I enjoyed the setting of the bookshop and the scavenger hunt Miranda was on in order to learn the truth of what happened to her estranged Uncle. I give this one 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I would like to see more from this author.
  • Kate
    I am predisposed to love books that feature bookshops, but this book has earned it's rightful place in my heart. After her once beloved but now estranged uncle passes, Miranda inherits Prospero Books, which is floundering to keep it's doors open. Her uncle has left her more than a bookstore though, he's also left behind one last elaborate scavenger hunt, like the ones he made for her when she was a child. Each clue leads to a book, which in turn ...
  • Julie Durnell
    3 Stars rounded up to 3.5 for all of the great book/quote references liberally sprinkled throughout. I had this figured out early on but it was an enjoyable read for a debut author.
  • Erin La
    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...
  • Kristen
    Sounded so promising, but the narrator drove me more and more nuts the further I got into it. Cut my losses on p. 163 to move on to something I might enjoy.
  • Marzie
    Amy Meyerson's love of books is at the core of this family mystery, in which Miranda inherits a bookstore named Prospero Books from her beloved Uncle Billy. A serious falling out between her mother and her uncle when she was twelve has deprived her of any further contact with him. Sixteen years later, upon Billy's death, she finds she is both the owner of a floundering LA bookstore and sent on one final scavenger hunt, seeking answers to her many...