Tuesday, May 31, 2016

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, 97 pages

This is a little gem of a book that I read because it was listed as similar to another book I am on the wait-list for.  It can be classified in one of my favorite nerdy librarian genres "Books about Books."

Helene Hanff was a New Yorker with a hankering for classic British literature and she couldn't afford to buy the books from New York book sellers, or often find what she wanted.  She began a 20 year correspondence and love fest in 1949 with a bookstore, Marks & Co. Booksellers located at 84, Charing Cross Road, London.

The book is a collection of the real letters that were exchanged between Helene and Frank Doel (and others) at the store.  Beautiful, wonderful, uplifting.  And oh yes, jolly good!

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