Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians

Their Stories Are Better Than the Bestsellers

335 pages

English language

Published 2024 by Little Brown & Company.

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3 stars (2 reviews)

This “celebration of the world of books” (Kirkus) is “a real page turner!” (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan) that "feels like a love letter" (USA Today) to booksellers and librarians—as told to the greatest storyteller of our time, James Patterson.

To be a bookseller or librarian…

You have to play detective.

Be a treasure hunter. A matchmaker. An advocate. A visionary.

A person who creates “book joy” by pulling a book from a shelf, handing it to someone and saying, “You’ve got to read this. You’re going to love it.”

Step inside The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians and enter a world where you can feed your curiosities, discover new voices, find whatever you want or require. This place has the magic of rainbows and unicorns, but it's also a business. The book business.

Meet the smart and talented people who live between the pages—and who can’t wait to …

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Dedicated to librarians and booksellers

3 stars

I love the idea of collecting librarians’ and booksellers’ reflections.

The story sheds a different light on people I wouldn’t normally consider, such as how much satisfaction they get from helping people choose just the right book, or how they enjoy getting kids interested in reading.

Why am I disappointed in this book?

The lack of structure and context in the book’s entries was most disappointing. I found little sense in the grouping of reflections with subtitles. The entries in the book lacked structure and context, which disappointed me greatly.

The arrangement of the reflections with subtitles seemed completely nonsensical to me. It also began and cut off. Give us a background on its writing, the criteria for selecting entries, the writing prompts. During the editing process to ensure length and first person narrative, it seemed like the editor simply inserted the entries into the manuscript.

It is a pleasure …

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