T – Titles With Deep Book and Bookstore Connections

WELCOME to the letter T and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS

Here is a link where you will find a long selection of novels, mysteries, and non-fiction about our favorite subject…..Books, and Bookshops. Click Here:

I love reading novels and mysteries that have to do with the world of books. Let me single out…..

The Shadow of the Wind                                              Carlos Ruiz Zevin

The international literary sensation, about a boy’s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget. Barcelona, 1945, a great city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. He may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. If he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. Below further suggestions:

Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop
May Sarton’s The Education of Harriet Hatfield
Christoper Morley’s classics The Haunted Bookshop and Parnassus on Wheels

More recent offerings: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks                                                                                                       Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books –Paul Collins                                                                                                  The Bookman’s Promise (series) -John Donne



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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7 Responses to T – Titles With Deep Book and Bookstore Connections

  1. Hello Stepheny,
    I have been following you for years but this story especially struck a chord with me. I have inherited my father’s collection of mystery books, many of them very old and first editions. I promised him I would find someone who loved books as much as he did to take care of them. So far, I have struck out, at least on the west coast, finding anyone who is interested. Can you possibly steer me to some booksellers who specialize in vintage mysteries? I have a categorized list. Thanks so much! Any ideas will be helpful?
    Love, Mary

  2. Jasper Fforde is another author, who writes books with book connections. Have you read any of them? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_Fforde

  3. Books about books. What could be better than that. Have you ever watched the group of made for TV films on Hallmark called Mystery Woman? Stars Kelly Martin and Clarence Williams (remember the Mod Squad). Martin’s character own a mystery bookstore and becomes involved in solving area crimes. Her sidekick Williams has a crime solving mysterious past.

  4. Luanne says:

    Have you read the Prague Sonata? This book sounds similar.

  5. cleemckenzie says:

    I really like the sound of this book. It’s now on my Must Read list. Thank you for featuring it on your T-day! Onward. U’s just around the corner. (I’m imagining this as a Twitter post. Quite confusing.)

  6. That sounds good – I’ll have to put it on my TBR list. I recently read “The Lost Book of the Grail” by Charlie Lovett which is set in a library at a cathedral in England.

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