A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Brilliant, idealistic Esme Garland moves to Manhattan armed with a presAstigious scholarship at Columbia University. When Mitchell van Leuvenaa New Yorker with the bluest of blue New York bloodacaptures her heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic, life seems truly glorious...until a thin blue line signals a wrinkle in Esmeas tidy plan. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all. Determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. The oddball customers are a welcome relief from Columbiaas high-pressure halls, but the store is struggling to survive in this city where nothing seems to last. When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she, like her beloved bookAsstore, lose more than she can handle? A sharply observed and evocative tale of learning to face reality without givAsing up on your dreams, The Bookstore is sheer enchantment from start to finish.The baby magazines have advertisements for new ways to separate fools from their money, including a pregnancy belly-cast kit. You get to make a huge plaster mold of your huge giant fleshy belly for twenty dollars, optionally including youranbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2013-08-20|