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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

A Novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
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    Apr 2014, 272 pages
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    Dec 2014, 288 pages

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The Storied Death of the Independent Bookstore

We heard it when Borders Books began to appear. The Independent Bookstore is going to die. And then when Barnes and Noble Bookstores began popping up in many cities and suburbs. And when Amazon hit the scene. And then ebooks. The Independent Bookstore is all but dead. But is this true?

Ann Patchett and Karen HayesHeadline, November 28, 2012, The Atlantic: The Bookstore Strikes Back. This story, by novelist Ann Patchett is about what this author is doing to fill a void in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. After the last of that city's booksellers went out of business in 2011, Patchett was devastated. But she turned that devastation into resolve when she decided to partner with two veterans in the book business, Karen Hayes, a former sales rep for Random House, and Mary Grey James, a former rep for Harcourt. Both had also worked at a large book distributor outside Nashville and were keen to open an independent bookstore. They had the skills and experience but lacked one thing. Money. And so Patchett "...

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