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The Museum of Ordinary People


I adore author Mike Gayle. His previous book All The Lonely People still sits on my favorites shelf. If you haven't read that one...it's a must!


Title: The Museum of Ordinary People

Author: Mike Gayle

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


Thank you @grandcentralpub for the gifted copy to read and review!


After suddenly losing her mother, Jess, has to do the impossible task, empty her childhood home so that it can be sold.


“Because that’s the thing about grief no one ever tells you: it’s greedy.”


A lifetime of memories comes to a halt when she finds a set of old encyclopedias. To the world, they are outdated books, but to Jess they represent love the future her mother envisioned for her. With no space in her apartment for these books she discovers a unique place she can temporarily store them; The Museum of Ordinary People.


Jess becomes instantly drawn to this place and with a degree and dreams to be a museum curator she takes over as the custodian with the help of the mysterious owner, Alex. Together the delve into history of the objects now in their care and unravel heart warming stories from generations and all over the world.



(Pictured is my collection of Salt&Pepper shakers!)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mr. Gayle knows how to write about people and the special stories and connections that make our world such a beautiful place. This story was heartwarming, but not all warm and fuzzy. It did have some secrets and twists. I just love the idea of this. Keeping family generations alive through these special things. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


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