The Book Haters' Book Club (Paperback)

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The Book Hater's Book Club at first appears to be about a struggling bookstore and its imminent sale. Elliot, the co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookstore, started The Book Hater's Book Club, a newsletter of reading recommendations for the self-proclaimed non-readers of the world, because he believed there was a book out there for everyone. Something I wholeheartedly agree with! For years he and Irma have kept the store going and always had a recommendation in hand. When you finish this book, you will have yet another list of books to read. 

However, this book is about more than just books and a struggling bookstore. It is also about grief, the price of secrets, and a little more grief. 

You see, Elliot is gone, and his grief-ridden business partner has agreed to sell the store to developers. Problem is, she didn't tell that to anyone until the deal was almost done. Which is making her daughters ask questions. Why is she selling? Is it grief alone? Is there something else they don't know?

They are not about to give up on the store without a fight. Together Irma's daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliot's life partner Thom, conspire to figure out just exactly what is happening to Irma and how they can save the store. 

In between all the drama unfolding we are treated to letters from beyond the grave. Little snippets told from Elliot's perspective about the characters and a few of his famous The Book Hater's Book Club newsletters.

For the first half of the book there will be times when you will wonder where on earth is the author going with this story. But once all the secrets start to unfold things become clear and the more you read the more you will love all the characters. They are quirky, have messy but very real lives and all the problems that come with it. Bree has spent her whole life in the store and knows nothing else; Laney moved away years ago and is struggling in her marriage; Thom is old and alone and has too much grief and anger to deal with; and Irma has too many secrets and lacks some fundamental communications skills. 

You will feel for the characters, maybe sympathize with some as well, and in the end you will be rooting for this little bookstore and sisters Laney and Bree!  

The Book Hater's Book Club at first appears to be about a struggling bookstore and its imminent sale. Elliot, the co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookstore, started The Book Hater's Book Club, a newsletter of reading recommendations for the self-proclaimed non-readers of the world, because he believed there was a book out there for everyone. Something I wholeheartedly agree with! For years he and Irma have kept the store going and always had a recommendation in hand. When you finish this book, you will have yet another list of books to read. 

However, this book is about more than just books and a struggling bookstore. It is also about grief, the price of secrets, and a little more grief. 

You see, Elliot is gone, and his grief-ridden business partner has agreed to sell the store to developers. Problem is, she didn't tell that to anyone until the deal was almost done. Which is making her daughters ask questions. Why is she selling? Is it grief alone? Is there something else they don't know?

They are not about to give up on the store without a fight. Together Irma's daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliot's life partner Thom, conspire to figure out just exactly what is happening to Irma and how they can save the store. 

In between all the drama unfolding we are treated to letters from beyond the grave. Little snippets told from Elliot's perspective about the characters and a few of his famous The Book Hater's Book Club newsletters.

For the first half of the book there will be times when you will wonder where on earth is the author going with this story. But once all the secrets start to unfold things become clear and the more you read the more you will love all the characters. They are quirky, have messy but very real lives and all the problems that come with it. Bree has spent her whole life in the store and knows nothing else; Laney moved away years ago and is struggling in her marriage; Thom is old and alone and has too much grief and anger to deal with; and Irma has too many secrets and lacks some fundamental communications skills. 

You will feel for the characters, maybe sympathize with some as well, and in the end you will be rooting for this little bookstore and sisters Laney and Bree!  

— Anne Zastrow

Description


"This sparkling novel starts with high energy and unique characters that move from one surprise to another." --Ann Garvin, USA TODAY bestselling author

All it takes is the right book to turn a Book Hater into a Book Lover...

That was what Elliot--the beloved co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookshop--believed before his untimely passing. He always had the perfect book suggestion for the self-proclaimed Book Hater. Now his grief-ridden business partner, Irma, has agreed to sell the cozy Over the Rainbow to condo developers.

But others won't give up the bookshop without a fight. When Irma breaks the news to her daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliot's romantic partner, Thom, they are aghast. Over the Rainbow has been Bree and Laney's sanctuary since childhood, and Thom would do anything to preserve Elliot's legacy. Together they conspire to save the bookshop, even if it takes some snooping, gossip and minor sabotage.

Filled with humor, family hijinks and actual reading recommendations, The Book Haters' Book Club is the ideal feel-good read. It's a love letter to everyday heroes--those booksellers and librarians dedicated to putting the right books in the right hands every day.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780778333067
ISBN-10: 077833306X
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: September 13th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English