84, Charing Cross Road By Helene Hanff
Release Date: Reissued October 1, 1990
Page Count: 112
Summary from Barnes & Noble
It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty love affair.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s very short and I was able to read it in one sitting. One can’t help but identify with Helene Hanff, who is an author and lover of books. Helene is a book collector who loves many different kinds of books. She also likes the physicality of books, like the binding and the color of the pages. Helene is smart, witty and I enjoyed reading the correspondence between her and Frank Doel, which lasted for twenty years. Once I started reading the first page of this book, I was imeediately hooked. Helene’s humor and sarcasm worked perfectly in this charming collection of letters. If you love books then this story is definitely for you!