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What You Are Looking For Is in the Library

By Michiko Aoyama
What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama digital book - Fable

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For fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a charming, internationally bestselling Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers’ life.

What are you looking for? So asks Tokyo’s most enigmatic librarian. For Sayuri Komachi is able to sense exactly what each visitor to her library is searching for and provide just the book recommendation to help them find it.

A restless retail assistant looks to gain new skills, a mother tries to overcome demotion at work after maternity leave, a conscientious accountant yearns to open an antique store, a recently retired salaryman searches for newfound purpose.

In Komachi’s unique book recommendations they will find just what they need to achieve their dreams. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library is about the magic of libraries and the discovery of connection. This inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfill our lifelong dreams. Which book will you recommend?

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439 Reviews

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Slightly Smiling Face“It’s a book about 5 people, each at a different stage of their lives, all looking for that spark that helps them see and experience the world differently. They find that spark thanks to books, their loved ones, their community. It's a book that makes you think a lot about your life, but you have to be in the right reflective mood while reading it, otherwise it can be heavy and melancholy.”
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“This book was very cute and philosophical. I enjoyed it and loved that they showed different people in different walks of life making sense of their lives and finding different perspectives when stuck on something. I also loved that it involved books and libraries. Very satisfying and deep.”
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenRealistic settingFeel goodHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“This books was very endearing and an enjoyable read. The author did a great job of connecting the characters as part of the “community,” and intertwining them without directly touching necessarily. Some subtle life lessons are shared that I thought that makes for some introspection and self reflection. Nice read.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readRealistic settingFeel goodThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“When life feels mundane, this book gives hope. I loved how all the stories were tied together with the library and yet each character and their struggles stood out distinctly. They all get out of rut by just learning to look at things differently.”
Characters change and growBeautifully written

About Michiko Aoyama

Michiko Aoyama was born in 1970 in Aichi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. After university, she became a reporter for a Japanese newspaper based in Sydney before moving back to Tokyo to work as a magazine editor. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library was short-listed for the Japan Booksellers’ Award and became a Japanese bestseller. It is being translated into more than fifteen languages. Michiko Aoyama lives in Yokohama, Japan.

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