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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for this week is: Kathy over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Kathy, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

The latest addition to my virtual bookshelf this week, is another of those ‘I must resist opening that email … but maybe just a quick peek’ offerings from NetGalley.

The fact that the book is called ‘The Bookstore’ and much of the story is set in a second-hand bookstore in New York, is justification enough for me to have ordered this book and is a real added bonus.

Nothing beats a good rummage around a second-hand bookshop … Apart from maybe a good rummage around a new bookshop if I am feeling flush with cash!!

Looking forward to this one!


A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.

Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.

The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?

A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, ‘The Bookstore’ is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.


Image Of Author Deborah MeylerDeborah Meyler was born in Manchester, England, read English at Oxford University, and completed a master’s thesis on Edith Wharton at St. Andrews University. Following on, she won a scholarship from The Guardian to go to City University, to gain a post-graduate diploma in journalism.

After her husband had beeen recruited by Cambridge University Press, in New York, they moved and Deborah found work in a bookshop, until the first of the couple’s three children was born.

Whilst at home looking after the family, Deborah wrote a book that is under her bed, where it will stay, as it is all right but not quite good enough. She then wrote ‘The Bookstore’, which she enjoyed writing hugely, despite the difficulty of overcoming idleness every day.

She is presently organising her thoughts and ideas for a new book and is now living back in Cambridge, UK, where she works part time in a parish church, although it is surely her writing which fills her with solipsistic joy.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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