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The Lions of Fifth Avenue
The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel | Fiona Davis
In nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces. It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of lifeher husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Cluba radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process. Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritagetruths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.
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EclecticBookLover
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Thank you @Littlewolf1 for the #littlechristmasswap! I can't wait to read the book. Choclate covered pretzels are one of my favorites! The avacado card is so cute!!! 😍

Thank you @bookish_wookish for hosting!

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Chrissyreadit
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My friend!!! Beth I love your choices! The chapstick is already on my lips and socks soon to be on my feet! Tea! Yes! Coffee! Triple yes- book choices- perfect! Happy new Year! And thank you @candority thank you for hosting this lovely #bestof2021 swap ❤️

AmyG Those socks! 2w
Chrissyreadit @AmyG I know! I love soft warm socks so much! 2w
Gissy Yes, wonderful gifts!😍 Enjoy them🤗 2w
BethM I‘m so glad you like it! 2w
candority You can never go wrong with Burt‘s Bees and fuzzy socks! 😊 2w
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LeslieO
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#ThisWeekinNewBooks : on the left, Christmas presents! (Including my #Jolabokaflod); on the right, gift card + B&N hardcover sale = amazing book haul!

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TheKidUpstairs
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Mehso-so

I think I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. It was entertaining enough, but seemed to just skate along the surface of ideas without delving deeply into anything.

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Scochrane26
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Pickpick

I have mixed feelings about this story. It was interesting, & I loved the NYC Public Library setting. I‘m just not always into the dual timeline, uncovering-family secrets stories. Both timelines were compelling, one more tragic than the other. I know a lot of Littens have read this one. #scarathlon @Clwojick #teamslaughter 16 pts

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LatrelWhite
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It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👏🏽👏🏽Wonderful historical fiction!!

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Scochrane26
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These are the only physical books I plan to read for October. Most of my list is audio or ebooks from the library. I‘m hoping to get to these. Under the Whispering Door doesn‘t go along with our #teamslaughter theme, but I‘m the first to get it from my library & cant wait to read! @Clwojick
Fell asleep last night before I could post my TBR

Clwojick I‘ve been waiting to read The House on the Cerulean Sea FOREVER but my library hasn‘t ordered a copy yet! I have the second one on audio that‘s to NetGalley, but I‘m still patiently waiting to read or listen to the first one. Lol I hope it‘s fantastic! Happy reading! 4mo
Scochrane26 @Clwojick I can‘t believe your library doesn‘t have Cerulean Sea! I‘d be happy to send you my copy for borrowing—if you want to read instead of listen. 4mo
Clwojick Wow! Thank you, but you don‘t have to do that! I‘ll wait until I can find a copy or I‘ll cave and buy a copy. Lol 4mo
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jdiehr
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My bestie surprised me with this book and I loved every minute of it!

Going back and forth between Laura's story in 1913 and Sadie's in 1993, we learn about their lives, loves, careers and the theft of valuable books from the New York Public Library.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I have to admit I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own. That's what friends are for 😊

And now I have a new author to be on the lookout for.

tracey38 And such a cute figurine! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks All of her books are wonderful!! 4mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Two series of book thefts from the New York Public Library ties two generations of a family together.
Laura Lyons and her family live at the library when a series of thefts bring suspicion on her husband.
Sadie Donovan works in the library when a second round of thefts rebounds on her when her familial connection to the first comes to light.
Two wonderful stories of women coming into their own in the shadow of the library.

mcctrish I loved this book 5mo
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Kshakal
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Every book I read by Fiona Davis is better than the last and this one was no exception! I love how seamlessly she weaves two time periods together and brings everything alive for the reader!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed auto read for me as well! 5mo
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Sills
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I want to read all her novels👍 This novel of intrigue, hardship, heartache, and literary appreciation was very well crafted🙌🙌 Check out the Summary on Goodreads?com site-a must read for 2021!

tpixie Yes I do too! 4mo
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Eggs
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#NewYorkCity #julyjourneys @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Two of my three daughters and I in NYC this year - clockwise from top left: new World Trade Center, Central Park, at a rooftop cantina (at left @SarahBradley ) 9/11 memorial, NY Public Library

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️💗❤️ 6mo
Eggs Thank you 😊💗 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 6mo
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SilversReviews
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Treated myself so I can round out my collection of books by the FABULOUS @fionadavisauthor

marleed Oh it would be fun to own the entire Fiona Davis Collection! 7mo
SilversReviews @marleed Yes...they are all so good. 7mo
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keys_on_fire
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Pickpick

This isn‘t a perfect book, but I liked it very much. I enjoyed the two timeline stories and how they interwove with each other. I think the ending reveal could‘ve been tied up more neatly, but reading about libraries and books is always interesting to me and helped to soften that disappointment. I want to go visit this library in person now!
#bookspin - June 2021
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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AvidReader25
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Panpan

This one has so much potential and I did love the historical details about the NYC library, but the plot left me rolling my eyes. It felt like a cautionary tale for following your dreams. The story flips from the early 1900s to 1993. Both stories are flawed, but it‘s the older one that was the least believable and most frustrating for me. I almost DNF but I kept hoping the missing book mystery would redeem it.

janeycanuck Oh man, I really loved this one! I‘m sorry to hear it was a miss for you. 7mo
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck @janeycanuck So the big thing for me was the message about Laura fighting for her own career. I felt like the second she followed her dreams her life implodes and the blame of that is put on her shoulders. If you try to get an education your son will get typhoid and spend the rest of his life on the streets, you‘ll have an affair, and your husband will kill himself. It felt like a horrible message to me. 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
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Ncostell
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This has to be my favorite thus far of Fiona Davis‘s books that I‘ve read. Sometimes I tire of the dual timeline structure and enjoy one timeline more than another, however I felt myself equally drawn into each of the time periods of this one. Set in the New York Public Library in 1913 and 1993 and encompassing other topics such as women‘s rights and changing roles, this was a definite pick for me.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 great review! 7mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks, this was a good one! Hope you have a nice weekend ☀️ 7mo
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keys_on_fire
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About to settle down in front of a crackling fire (even if it‘s fake!) and a book 🥰

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jessijames
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Pickpick

What a lovely, fascinating story. This was my first book by Fiona Davis but definitely won‘t be my last. The idea of living in a library had me hooked from the beginning but the characters kept me intrigued. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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ErraticElle
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Pickpick

Lovely writing that felt natural, yet highly imbued with detail & historical content. The dual timeline was well-woven. The characters were fun & showed decent development. I LOVED the setting & the time periods used. The romantic aspects could have been left out, but they didn't do too much damage to the story. The ending was very well handled. I admittedly left the story wanting more, just because I loved it so much...I wanted to move right in.

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Kboltz
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Bailedbailed

Someone is stealing books from the NYC Public Library. A story that goes back and forth with its timeline; who knew that there is an apartment inside this NYC landmark? I love all of these books that tell a story that takes place inside a historical NYC building.

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MelKelsey
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Book 43

The Lions of Fifth Avenue, set in the New York Public Library, is historical fiction/mystery about valuable, rare books being taken from the library. This is a book for book lovers because the real star is the library itself; I have been there once, but I really want a thorough tour now. Themes of gender roles and feminism also make this book reccomendable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Luv2readbookz
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Overall a pick for me. I've always enjoyed Fiona Davis' books because she goes into the history of each building she writes about. And there's always a mystery to boot. But I do wish the author would “show“ more than “tell“ in her books. Her writing is a bit stiff. Maybe if this was written in first person it would be better.

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BethM
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Kiddo is with my parents and we didn‘t have anything planned. That means I got caught up in house work and reading! This book was good but not amazing. A bit slow until closer to the end but still engaging. Not her best but still intriguing. 3.5/5

Chrissyreadit So glad you had some time! 10mo
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angieinwonderland
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This was my first Fiona Davis book and she hooked me early on. I picked this for my first March Women themed choices and it had 3 generations of stories and mystery surrounding books and from the perfect setting! Not to mention my own added intrigue as I read the last 30% racing against a low battery!

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Emily92Bibliophile
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This book has been on my TBR for a while. As a Librarian Aide and currently studying for my Masters in Library Science, the premise seemed delightfully intriguing. For most of the story I thought I knew “who done-it”, but ... I was wrong!⬇️

Emily92Bibliophile Usually when reading mysteries I guess earlier on in the story, and find my guess was correct - thus making it a not very great mystery, in my opinion. However, this one was full of surprises. Whether you are a librarian or just enjoy a good mystery in general, this one is for you! All library and book lovers are sure to love this one. 11mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Mehso-so

I've been struggling with how to review this.

I really loved the setting. I mean, a story set in the NYPL in two different time periods? Yes, please! And I love books that jump between time periods. I enjoyed the storyline & cared about the characters. She wove the two storylines together nicely. And she obviously did a TON of research about the NYPL. (cont) 👇🏻

mom2bugnbee But the writing was eh. I felt like I was listening to a just okay YA novel. And I didn't love the narrators. They were fine - just nothing spectacular. I probably won't revisit this author. 11mo
mom2bugnbee ⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 11mo
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mom2bugnbee
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I'm a sucker for a book that jumps back & forth between time periods. I haven't researched to see if any of this is true (I'm afraid it will ruin the mystery of I do so before I finish). The writing isn't bowling me over, but I'm really enjoying the story. And how can you go wrong with a book set in a library - in two time periods!

Kristin_Reads I felt the same about this one. Loved the story and setting, didn‘t connect with the writing. 11mo
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BethM
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Stopped at my new local indie bookstore today and I was so pleased! I even got this large print for a discount bc the regular paperback isn‘t out yet. I hope she is so successful she needs a bigger space! Check out her website for this beautiful handmade bookmarks too!

ETA: this gummies are amaze balls- cherry (red) and strawberry banana (white).

Kshakal Jealous!!! 🤓🤓🤓 12mo
Avanders Ooooh and yay for a new bookstore!!! 12mo
BethM @Avanders it‘s small but has a solid selection from babies through adults. She also has a lot of very cool book adjacent things, and a lot of local stuff (artists and authors). I foresee it being my new swap buying spot! 12mo
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Avanders That sounds perfect!! 😍 And so nice to have a go-to swap goody provider 😁😁 Mine went out of business (shortly before the pandemic), which is super sad... but there are, fortunately, decent alternatives ☺️ 12mo
BethM @Avanders we are (obviously) a much smaller populace so I‘m hoping she can make it bc my next bookstore and/or goody shop is either 45mins away or Amazon. 12mo
Avanders 🙏🏽🙏🏽 Also, if she‘s not already doing it, maybe suggest she join bookshop.org or one of the other independent booksellers online.. for exposure, if nothing else ☺️ 12mo
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Sharpeipup
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#audiogardening Volunteering at the community garden. 🪴

valeriegeary 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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BiblioLitten
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I‘m armchair travelling in the NYPL, and it‘s letting me visualise ‘the painted ceiling of a cloudy sky..., the Edward Laning murals depicting the history of the written word..., the view of the balcony from the foyer..., and the stacks.‘
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Historical fiction, mystery of missing books, set in and around a library, two timelines... I‘m really enjoying this book. #currentlyreading #armchairtravel #historicalfiction #NY

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Kristin_Reads When I read this novel I found the architectural digest tour of the NYPL on YouTube... it‘s great for armchair travel! 12mo
BiblioLitten @Kristin_Reads Great! I‘ll check it out. Thanks 😊 12mo
batsy Wow. Look at that space 😍 12mo
readordierachel A wonderful place for some armchair travel 😍😍 12mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 12mo
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mcctrish
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Putting away Christmas and finishing this absolutely delightful book ❤️it follows 3 generations of the Lions family and their connection to the New York Public library.

rachaich That sounds like a good book. Stacked. 12mo
litenthusiast I loved this book! 12mo
mcctrish @rachaich so good!!! 12mo
mcctrish @litenthusiast I‘m sad it‘s finished ❤️ 12mo
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mcctrish
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I bought a new walking coat ( Boxing Day sale) and this audio book have me happy to get moving

mcctrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thx Danielle 😘 I have started a 30 day yoga challenge too. Here‘s to a great New Year 🎉 12mo
Jaimelire Cute jacket 12mo
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LeahBergen It‘s so cute! 12mo
mcctrish @Jaimelire @LeahBergen it‘s from Lululemon, which never goes on sale and it was a really decent sale too 🎉 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice coat 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
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Jgotham
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Pickpick

I was drawn into this book and finished it quickly. I liked that it dealt with feminist themes as well as LGBT themes. Of course I loved that the entire book dealt with libraries and books but the rest was a plus. Recommended if you love books and strong women or women learning to be independent. The mystery was a bit meh but it‘s the journey not the destination

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mcctrish
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Finally my audio holds come in 👏🏻👏🏻

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SilversReviews
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A library is a home for everyone, and the New York Public Library was home to the superintendent and his wife.

How fun would that be?

Historical fiction fans and those who have visited the New York public library will be fascinated with this book and again get to enjoy the pull-you-in writing style of Fiona Davis. 5/5

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/yyvow6zw

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Amazing! Fiona Davis is so good about taking you back into history with her, putting you there iin the moment and opening you up to the characters‘ perspectives. This book was a fascinating look at the iconic New York Public Library at it‘s inception but also manages to be a story of a complicated family, obsession and a heist all at the same time! No easy feat! Highly recommend! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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Julsmarshall
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#currentread Really compelling so far and how gorgeous is this cover?? #bookspinbingo

MaureenMc Her covers are always gorgeous! 13mo
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Julsmarshall
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My #BookspinBingo card! My #bookspin is the tagged book and my #doublespin is In a Holidaze which I finished last night! So excited for bingo this month, @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 14mo
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MadDashReading
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A smart novel about a crafty book caper and some strong, independent women? Sign me up! What reader wouldn't love a story set in the New York City Public Library? 🏫 This was a fun adventure through some literary and feminist history with just enough mystery and intrigue sprinkled in. Well worth the 359 wait list line at my library. I loved it! 🦁🦁

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AmyK1
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Laura Lyons and her husband Jack, who is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, live in an apartment in the library with their 2 kids in 1913 when rare, valuable books are stolen. 80 years later Sadie, their granddaughter, is a librarian there when books are again stolen. To save her job she must find out who is behind it and if it‘s related to the earlier thefts.

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Follow.my.read
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Just a “few” books on my TBR list....except The Mercies....

Shamzi Love the shelf!!! 1y
Follow.my.read @Shamzi thank you! My husband made it years ago for me....he put ball bearings between the shelves so it rotates! 1y
Kdgordon88 I have shelf envy! 1y
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j9brown What a fabulous shelf 😍 1y
thegreensofa Your shelf! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
MsMelissa I love that shelf! 1y
ShelleyBooksie Looove that shelf!! 1y
bookful I need this, my life depends on it 😫I actually want to make diy project 😱👍🏼💙 1y
Nute That is the coolest bookcase!🤩 13mo
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Danay
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2020 #72

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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforcast
Dead Inside #audiomystery
Lions of 5th Ave #historicalfiction

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! You finished 3!!! I‘m still trying to get through my one, which I‘m really enjoying 1y
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kspenmoll
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Next up.

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PurpleTulipGirl
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This was so good! Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Sadie works at the NYC Public Library, where her grandparents lived in 1913. Her story is told alongside her grandmother Laura‘s story. In both stories, books disappear; the mystery sends Sadie diving into the history of the library and her family. For Laura, struggling to pursue her dreams and be a wife and mother conflict.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love her books!!! 1y
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Jerdencon
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Congrats on such a great milestone! @Texreader 🎉🎉🎉
I tagged the book I‘d like to read...
thanks for the giveaway! #karensgiveaway

Texreader Ooh I want this one too! Thanks for entering!! 1y
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debbiemartin
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Interesting.

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BookwormDownUnder
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Look what came in the mail today!!! I had to order from Amazon US since this doesn‘t come out in AU until Nov. I love this cover!! And especially love the spine!!!! Totally dorking out over here. Can‘t wait to read this!

#bookmail #newbook #booknerd

Nute I know the feeling of grand enthusiasm for a book. So happy for you!🙂 1y
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booksaremyfavorite
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Well written book about the Lyons family and the New York Public Library. So many books and some great stories about what happened.

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Junebug17
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I can feel my TBR pile judging me from my bookshelf every time I come home with a new stack of library holds 😅

TheSpineView I get glare from my stack all the time!😆 1y
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