“A quirky little novel that is both thoughtful and gleeful, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is simultaneously a mystery and an ode to bookstores and ‘old’ knowledge (versus ‘Google’ knowledge), mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall independent bookstore in San Francisco. Can tangible books and new media exist happily side by side? With a plot ‘as tight as nesting boxes, or whatever their digital equivalent,’ the book has been described as clever, whimsical, beguiling and big-hearted. Author Nick Harkaway calls it ‘the love child of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Neal Stepheson’s Reamde. How can you resist with a description like that?’ . . .—Broadway Books, Portland
Read more and buy Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore; My Ideal Bookshelf, My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop; The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore; Monsieur Proust’s Library; The Books They Gave Me: True Stories of Life, Love, and Lit and The Little Book of Books from Broadway Books.
Each day until Christmas, the tireless staff at Broadway Books will post a recommendation for a great gift book on the store’s blog, Bookbroads. 24 Days of Books posts are written by Sally McPherson, Roberta Dyer and Kate Bennison.