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What You Are Looking For Is In The Library - Book Review



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Title: What you are looking for is in the library

Author: Mickiko Aoyama (Translated by Alison Watts)

Publisher: Hanover Square Press

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Japanese Lit


A charming book about how the perfect book recommendation can change a reader’s life!


What you are looking for in the library by Mickiko Aoyama is a translated Japanese fiction of five mid length stories each about 60 pages long that all take place in Tokyo. The thread that connects them all is an Adult learning Community House that is attached to a Library and a very special Librarian.


Each are going through something in their life whether it’s not being happy at a job, one afraid to start their own business, one struggling with how to live life in retirement, another woman struggling with giving up a rising career when she begins to have a family, and one being jobless in a family with high expectations.


It was amazing to watch each of them come to the library with a list of books, but then the librarian would always add an extra book to the stack. For these characters her choices were usually a head scratcher and nothing about the topic they were researching, but she somehow by one look of a person knew just that they needed! These stories and the librarian had a magical feel to them. Honestly, like a warm hug!!


Overall, I would rate this 4.5 ⭐️ and would recommend it for fans of books about books, coming of age stories, and just deep human connections in life!


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