Free shipping on orders of $75 or more!

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

April 16, 2014

A.J. Fikry is an independent book store owner in the small town of Alice Island.  After purchasing the book store with his wife, things don’t quite turn out as he expected.  His wife dies in a car accident and A.J. finds himself turning into an angry man prone to drinking his cares away.  To top it off, his extremely valuable copy of Edgar Allen Poe’s Tamerlane and Other Poems is stolen right from underneath his nose.  As time passes, A.J. comes to find that he has isolated himself from almost everyone in Alice Island.  His only regular acquaintances are his late wife’s sister, Ismay, and Lambiase, the police officer looking for his stolen book.  

A.J.’s life changes drastically when he returns from an evening run to find that a baby has been left in his store with only a note from its mother including the baby’s name: Maya.  While initially annoyed, A.J. comes to see that Maya may be what saves him from his own demise.   

My Thoughts:
This heartwarming story by Gabrielle Zevin is a must read for book lovers.  Even in his angry phase, A.J.’s ability to pick out the right book for the right reader is fascinating.  A.J.’s love for books and stories help him through a difficult time and his ability to share his love of books with others eventually bring people back into his lonely life.  Filled with heartache, laughter, and love, Gabrielle has written a story that is sure to be passed along from reader to reader.  






Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

July 08, 2019

In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, author Patti Callahan, writes about the lives of Joy Davidman Gresham and C.S. Lewis. She uses available facts (letters, biographies, etc.) to tell the story of how their paths crossed and the deep love that followed. The novel begins with Joy in New York. She is a struggling writer who is married to an alcoholic with whom she has two sons. Joy experiences a divine moment in her son's nursery which she explains as the moment when God made himself known to her. She learns about C.S. Lewis, also known as Jack, and his own transformation...

View full article →

A Mother's Mental Load
A Mother's Mental Load

June 13, 2019 1 Comment

The idea for this post has been swirling around in my head for a few weeks now. I've gone back and forth about whether I would write it and what I would or would not include. So, here we are. I decided that I didn't have to have it all figured out before I started writing and that I wanted to be vulnerable about...

View full article →

All-Natural Mosquito Protection for Your Yard
All-Natural Mosquito Protection for Your Yard

April 22, 2019

It's that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the mosquitos are attacking. Between water play, gardening, and eating meals on our back porch, my family spends a lot of time outside during the warmer months. When we first moved into our current home, I remember going outside to pick pears from our pear tree and literally running back inside ...

View full article →

Some Call Me Crunchy Newsletter

Join my newsletter and get 15% off your first purchase!