A lovely little book. A collection of letters between New York writer Helene Hanff and a London bookseller in the 1950s and 60s. The New York Times says "It will provide an emollient for the spirit and a sheath for the exposed nerve." This is exactly what it did for me today.
A small, perfect collection of letters exchanged by a book-buyer and bookseller over the course of more than two decades. An instant new favorite!
Quick read. Book of letters sent back and forth between a writer in New York to a bookshop in London spanning 20+ years after WWII. Enjoyed the sarcasm, the love of books, and the friendship that developed over the years through the letters that were shared.
This wonderful, concise volume unfolds a universe of human connection and love of books encompassed in a series of letters exchanged between a New York writer and a small bookshop in London. The letters were written between 1949 and 1969, and manage to compactly convey depths of longing, regret, love, and friendship.
This was lovely, but entirely too short. If you enjoy this book, I would highly recommend "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society." Similar time period, letter writing format, lovely characters, and a bit longer.
Loved the book, loved the movie.
A charming little book of letters that span two decades between a book shop in London and one of it's American customers. It's the perfect size to read in one afternoon.
This is an interesting book, but not my cup of tea. After reading the reviews here and elsewhere, I thought it would be better. I did list some books the author had requested I'd like to read, which was a plus.
I've re-read this book many times and it never looses its charm. Through the letters from Helene Hanff and Frank Doel the reader will discover new authors to read, a sense of life in post-war Britain, and how readers connect to each other. This is a wonderful book.
thoroughly enjoyable but I kept wishing there were more letters.
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