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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Book Reports: 84, Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

Today I read this again:

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

And then read the sequel:

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

I first read 84, Charing Cross Road a few years ago and loved it.  It's under 100 pages and entirely made up of letters, mainly between the American Ms. Hanff and Frank Doel at the British bookstore, Marks and Co., that keeps her supplied with the secondhand books she requires.  Over more than 20 years, a great friendship is formed between not only Ms. Hanff and Mr. Doel but with his family and the other staff at Marks and Co.  It wasn't until recently that I found out a sequel to this book exists where Ms. Hanff finally travels to London in support of the British release of 84, Charing Cross Road.  The second book is her journal during her month plus stay in London.  Both books are quick and charming.

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