The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Book Reviews

There are those books that you love for the story, the books you love because you identify so well with the characters, and the books you love for so many reasons that you never want them to end. It’s been a long time since I took my time reading a book because I didn’t want it to end. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one such book.

A.J. Fikry is the independent bookseller at Island Books on Alice Island, a fictional island off the coast of Massachusetts. Still mourning the loss of his wife, he’s depressed and isolating himself from people on Alice Island. In addition, sales are down at his store. The locals are concerned about him.

Enter Amelia Loman, the new sales representative for Knightley Press, who visits Island Books for the first time. She’s there to pitch the new season of books to A.J. but he’s less than interested. He’s not the most personable man and isn’t shy about pointing out to Amelia that he is very particular about the books he likes for his store: no genres, no fantasy, no children’s books, and no series.

Amelia’s determined to leave A.J. with one book in the catalog that he’ll like. But after a rare book of Poe poems goes missing from A.J.’s house, a mysterious gift is left at the bookstore, setting into motion a series of events that changes A.J.’s life and the bookstore forever.

A witty story of love and books, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a humorous look at how personal the book business truly is. One of A.J.’s friends puts it best, “There ain’t nobody in the world like book people. It’s a business of gentlemen and gentlewomen.” I couldn’t agree more.

You'll fall in love with A.J. and the residents of Alice Island. After you finish the book, you may wait a few minutes to let the book sink in before you email or text your friend to say, “I’ve just read a book you must read.”

About the Author

Erica Voell

Erica Voell is the Youth Collection Development Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library. She enjoys gardening, sewing, knitting, seeking out gluten-free vegetarian cuisine around the city - and yes, being a good librarian, she is owned by a cat.

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