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Witty, hilarious, and heartwarming contemporary book about books and a Stand-alone novel. A perfect storm of comedic proportions erupts in a DC bookstore over the course of one soggy summer week—narrated by two very different women and punctuated by political turmoil, a celestial event, and a perpetually broken vacuum cleaner.
Bookish People Book Summary
Independent bookstore owner Sophie Bernstein is burned out on books. Mourning the death of her husband, the loss of her favorite manager, her only child’s lack of aspiration, and the grim state of the world, she fantasizes about going into hiding in the secret back room of her store.
Meanwhile, renowned poet Raymond Chaucer has published a new collection, and rumors that he’s to blame for his wife’s suicide have led to national cancellations of his publicity tour. He intends to set the record straight—with an ultra-fine-point Sharpie—but only one shop still plans to host him: Sophie’s.
Fearful of potential repercussions from angry customers, Sophie asks Clemi—bookstore events coordinator, aspiring novelist, and daughter of a famed literary agent—to cancel Raymond’s appearance. But Clemi suspects Raymond might be her biological father, and she can’t say no to the chance of finding out for sure.
This big-hearted screwball comedy features an intergenerational cast of oblivious authors and over-qualified booksellers—as well as a Russian tortoise named Kurt Vonnegut Jr.—and captures the endearing quirks of some of the best kinds of people: the ones who love good books.
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About Susan Coll Author of Bookish People Pdf Book
Susan Coll Author of Bookish People Pdf is part of the events team at Politics and Prose bookstore, and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She is the author of the forthcoming Bookish People (Aug. 2022), as well as The Stager, Beach Week, Acceptance, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com. A television adaptation of Acceptance, starring Joan Cusack, aired in 2009.
Bookish People pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
Publisher: Harper Muse
Publication date: 08/02/2022
Sales Rank: 47,718
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Bookish People Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2022
It was kinda a sleeper of book. The story had a chill bookstore vibe. I enjoyed it and would read more by this author. The humor was good but dry and the story got chaotic at the end with the protesters and that dreadful poet. He was a bit of a mess. Lol!! This whole business with the AGA? I had to Google AGA because I had no idea what it was and I kinda liked it when i saw it. Go figure. Anyway this poor poet stepped into that himself by drawing attention to it. The staff were hilarious in a dry kind of way. This dry humor made the story charming. It didn’t take away from the story at all. I liked it. The newsletter or the “Interstitial” was really hilarious with those odd Doddle jokes. I thought Autumn T was cute eventhough I never could picture her. The updates about the vacuum was also a comedic tid bit. Overall Bookish People are my kind of people. Loved it 💜 Ms. Coll. Bravo!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Funny Novel
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2022
I’d read reviews of Bookish People in The Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews, and both were raves. I loved this book. The characters are nuanced and interesting, Coll’s sense of comedy is always razor sharp, and the bookstore setting is appealing to any inveterate reader–but I was surprised to find myself moved by this novel, too. I can see why the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews both loved it. Coll manages to lovingly poke fun at the literary world and Washington, D.C. in a way that’s amazingly accurate. A shot of liquor is described by a bookstore employee as tasting like “Lady Macbeth’s tears,” she invents a DC literary cafe called Verb, there is a breed of dog (Bernedoodles) that look like Bernie Sanders, and a tortoise that looks so much like Kurt Vonnegut that they suspect his soul might be trapped inside of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the cleverness of this novel, and highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Dark Comedy
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
Bookish People is a witty, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed, highly recommend, and often found laugh-out-loud hilarious. Set in 2017 in a beloved, unnamed D.C. neighborhood bookstore, the plot unfolds as an endearing comedy of errors featuring Sophie Bernstein, the store’s recently-widowed fifty-something owner, and her hard-working, twenty-something events coordinator, Clemi, who is intent on knowing if a highly controversial poet she’s booked for the store is, in fact, her biological father.
Susan Coll wields humor with laser-like precision. Her dark comedies explore quotidian angsts that evidence deeper, more existential unease. For Coll and her characters, the perspective afforded by humor is a life raft to surviving contemporary life.
3.0 out of 5 stars This one took awhile for the pacing to pick up.
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2022
Sophie Bernstein owns an independent bookstore in Washington DC, but she’s not sure how long she can continue with it. Grieving her recently departed husband, despairing over the state of society, and fearing her son will never find his footing, she’s ready to move into the hidden nook in her store. Everything seems to be beyond her, from retrieving her car from the impound lot, to not being able to figure out a dating app or the store’s vacuum cleaner, to the day-to-day running of the store; she’s forgotten why she found such joy in her business in the first place.
Clemi has recently been promoted to events coordinator at the bookstore, with all the drama that entails. She doesn’t think she’s remotely able to handle life, much less the demands of the store. But she stands firm on the booking for renowned and reviled poet Raymond Chaucer, despite Sophie’s fear of violent repercussions if the event goes forward (after all, there must be a reason every other bookstore in the country canceled him). Over one rainy summer week, both Clemi and Sophie will learn what’s important, what’s not, and why the bookstore is so important.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not a big fan of this book. I blame it on the fact that I was never able to connect with the MC. Sophie isn’t portrayed like any 54-year-old woman of my acquaintance, but more like what a Gen Z might think a middle-aged woman is like. I have no idea how old the author is and I’m not trying to suggest she’s a Gen Z, I’m saying that I’ve never met anyone almost my age so full of angst and neuroses that she’s nearly incapable of functioning. Mid-50s should not translate to not knowing how to use tech or operate a vacuum. I’d understand if it was due to her grief, but that didn’t seem to be the case. It got to the point I wondered how she managed to run a successful business for so long.
Most of the action takes place in Sophie or Clemi’s heads. It’s all thinking – and while I love a good character-driven novel, so little actually happened to move the plot along that I found myself skimming to find action. Raymond Chaucer, despite being an unlikable character, was a relief from the constant barrage of anxiety from the female MCs. Plus, he was kind of fun. Heck, I would have liked more from the homeless guy that lived outside the store. I really enjoyed his brief appearance.
Finally, at about the 75 or 80% mark, things started happening. And when events got moving, it was like an avalanche. From the NPR interview to the final scenes with everything running amok in the bookstore, I really enjoyed the story. I wish the entire book had been like that – my rating would have been much higher. In the end, I rated this book 2.5 stars. ⭐⭐+ Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Muse for providing the ARC of this book. I’ve left my review voluntarily and honestly.
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