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The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson []



Miranda Brooks is a middle-school history teacher who’s just moved in with her boyfriend in Philadelphia when she learns her estranged maternal uncle, Billy, has died and left her Prospero Books. She hasn’t visited the bookstore or seen her uncle in 16 years, since he fought with her mother shortly after Miranda’s 12th birthday. Up until that time, Billy had been a fun if intermittent presence in her life, planning outings, adventures, and scavenger hunts. Miranda heads home to Los Angeles to attend Billy’s funeral and deal with her legacy, only to discover Billy left her a last scavenger hunt, one that will change everything she knows about her family. The manager and employees of Prospero Books are reluctant to welcome her into their midst, fearing imminent closure. Miranda’s parents are oddly reticent on the topic of Uncle Billy. Miranda’s boyfriend Jay is impatient for her return to Philadelphia. And Miranda needs more time to find the rest of the clues Billy left behind. Meyerson’s debut is the coming-of-age story of a young woman who thought she knew what she wanted from her life and must reckon with game-changing discoveries about her past and future.

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