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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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Diane S ☔
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
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 enjoyed this, bookstore, clues left in beloved books,
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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 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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Erin
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
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 sixteen years. Miranda soon discovers that she has
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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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Cindy Burnett
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 faltering store. The book’s message of the importance of c ...more
Ingrid
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Miranda 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
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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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
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
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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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. I really disliked her and her self absorption!

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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.
Kara Hansen
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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 Billy's visits stop abruptly. Now, sixteen years a ...more
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.
Heather
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
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 leads to answers behind secrets Miranda didn't kno ...more
Renee
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Marzie
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
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 questions about what happened between her mother ...more
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
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
📚📚📚📚 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 suggestions! What an marvelous debut.
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.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
May 31, 2018 is currently reading it
Netgalley #24
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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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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Tiaras Bücherzimmer
Inhalt:
Miranda und ihr Onkel Billy hatten schon immer ein sehr inniges Verhältnis. In den Ferien war sie oft in seiner Buchhandlung, er hat ihr viel vorgelesen und hat ihr schon immer gerne Rätsel aufgegeben.
Doch eines Tages, nach einem schlimmen Streit mit ihrer Mutter, verschwindet Billy spurlos.
16 Jahre später erfährt Miranda vom Tod ihres Onkels und dass er ihr die Buchhandlung vererbt hat. Dann erreicht sie auch noch ein neues Rätsel.....

Meine Meinung:
Mirandas Mutter hat um das Verschwinden
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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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