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Easy reading: The Collected Works of AJ Fikry

The Collected Works of AJ Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin, is a pleasant novel about a bookshop owner, AJ Fikry, whose life could be better. His wife has died. His first edition of collected poems by Poe, which he only has because he hopes it will fund his retirement, is stolen, and someone leaves a baby in his store. How is a novel a 'collected works'? The answer is in the conclusion Fikry comes to as his life progresses.

Throughout the book are some of Fikry's own book reviews. He's clearly not someone who just follows the crowd.

This book is recommended as one of those pleasant, easy to read without being brain-dead kind of books.