Miranda Brooks inherits a failing bookshop - and convoluted scavenger hunt - from an uncle she hasn't seen or communicated with in sixteen years. This mysterious inheritance sets her off on a journey of self-discovery and literary adventure. This sweet and loving novel is packed with all the bookish clues and references a reader could want - a great summer read. — Rachel Person
Okay, if it has a bookstore as its primary setting, I’m probably going to read it. Luckily, Miranda’s story was really sweet and drew me in. She inherited her beloved uncle’s failing bookstore sixteen years after last seeing him. Much as he had created book scavenger hunts for her as a child, he has created another one for her to discover his motivation in leaving her the store. Through her search, Miranda finds herself and a new life. Although melancholy at times, it’s a wonderful story!
— Shirley Cagle
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear about him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt.When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books--now as its owner--she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store's shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy's last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy's past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden--and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.