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The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street | Helene Hanff
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BarbaraJean
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This was an absolute delight—Hanff‘s journal of her long-awaited trip to London, on the occasion of the British publication of 84, Charing Cross Road. Hanff‘s voice is just as hilarious & charming as it was in her Charing Cross letters. It‘s so much fun to hear her impressions of London and its denizens as she‘s swept away for tours & excursions by dozens of friends & fans. Definitely read Charing Cross first—this is a delightful companion to it!

Tamra That is good to know! 84 is so charming. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I love them both! I am not a big fan of re-reading, but something about 84 makes me pick it up and read it again.So charming! 2mo
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Freespirit
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Loved reading the correspondence between Helen in New York and workers at a book shop in London. Later she visits this wonderful city and explores the historical and literary places that make it so special.
“If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much”
Is it still there? I know the bookshop is shut. Something for me to find when I go to London🙏🏼
#literature #history #london

britt_brooke Such a delightful little read. 💚 4mo
Freespirit Really special @britt_brooke ❤️ 4mo
suvata Loved this book too 4mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! I still have to read this 4mo
Freespirit A real gem I thought @suvata 🥰 4mo
Freespirit @Cathythoughts both books are short and really worth reading💕 4mo
Crazeedi Love both books!!! 4mo
JennyM I loved this one x 4mo
Freespirit @Crazeedi and @JennyM It made me want to head straight to London and start exploring😂 4mo
JennyM @Freespirit I‘ll book our tickets!!! 😘 4mo
Crazeedi @JennyM @Freespirit count me in, I'm going too!!❤ 4mo
JennyM @Crazeedi @Freespirit could you imagine how much fun that would be! Have a great day lovelies 😘😘 4mo
Freespirit It would be a great adventure @Crazeedi @JennyM 😍 4mo
CarolynM No, it's not still there, but there's a sign on the wall of the new building. 4mo
Freespirit I will have to hunt it out one day @CarolynM 😊 4mo
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Andrea313
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Tonight's reading, with bonus cats. #currentlyreading #catsoflitsy

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Andrea313
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Is it really a #bookhaul if it's only two books? Either way, I picked these up today and couldn't be more psyched to dive in.

rubyslippersreads Great picks! 8mo
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Andrea313
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1. Proud Detroiter!
2. Helene Hanff, and it took me way too long.
3. Well over 100 at this point...
4. You will see lots of photos taken from my Reading Chair under my striped blue throw with a black cat on my lap.
5. I recommend the Betsy-Tacy series every chance I get. Lovers of L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Louisa May Alcott, you need to have Maud Hart Lovelace's beautiful works in your life.

#littenintro @tessavi

rubyslippersreads Excellent recommendation! 10mo
Andrea313 @rubyslippersreads I thought you might like it. ❤️ 10mo
tessavi Thank you for the recommendations! 10mo
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HardcoverHearts
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On the train to Oxford to show this little gem of a city to my mother and husband for the first time. On a whim, at the last moment, I grabbed my copy of this book. It‘s a follow up to my absolutely favorite book, 84, Charing Cross Road. I‘m doing a read-along of the book on January 1st here on Litsy, in case you want to join along. This book was a delight! It‘s the journal she kept of her very first trip to London and it‘s inspiring!

charl08 Gorgeous edition. 11mo
LauraBeth What a beautiful cover! 11mo
Zelma I will probably read 84, Charing across Road on New Year‘s since I missed the readalong last year. And my copy of Duchess at Bloomsbury Street is on its way at the library! 11mo
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HardcoverHearts @charl08 @LauraBeth - thank you! It‘s very delicate, and I was worried about splitting the cover. 11mo
HardcoverHearts @Zelma - that would be wonderful!! 11mo
Nebklvr Have you read Q‘s Lagacy? 11mo
HardcoverHearts @Nebklvr - it‘s waiting for me back at the flat now! I hope it‘s as good! 11mo
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Macnjen
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I loved this. I didn‘t get a lot of the references but I loved how much she loved London and all of her experiences. Definitely read “84, Charing Cross Road” first.

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TheBookHippie
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These two have been keeping me company this weekend. Good stuff. Matched quite well with me finishing up Lillian Boxfish...

Sarah83 I love Helene Hanff so much 😍 11mo
squirrelbrain I just read these last week (mine were in one edition). Very high up in my favourites of the year. 11mo
CarolynM ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Macnjen
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I love Helene and wish she was my friend. her writing cracks me up.

Laura317 Oh, I would love to have a friend like her. 11mo
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Pamwurtzler
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1. Pirates of the Caribbean Monopoly. On the right, my money. On the left, @kitty_reads money. Sad.
2. We‘re hosting 15 people. I‘m tired already.
3. I‘d like to chill and read. Probably not gonna happen.
4. My kindle cover
5. 👍🏻👍🏻
#humpdaypost

CouronneDhiver Does @kitty_reads do loans? 😂😂 12mo
Pamwurtzler @CouronneDhiver Noooo she does not. And never giver her the 4th railroad (or in this case, pirate ship) no matter what she offers in trade. 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#AugustIsATrip Today, I‘ll like to bring you to a #bookstore on Charing Cross Road. Love these two books.

Laura317 I am was the first one and loved it. Now to get the 2nd. 1y
Mandigolightly Love 84 Charing Cross Road! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1y
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Sarah83 I love them so much 😍 1y
LeahBergen Love! 💕💕 1y
vkois88 I love the covers 1y
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Maria514626
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#mounttbrreadathon post 6: This was a fun travelogue. I loved how she was taken in by so many people! But as a travelogue and a whirl of social engagements, it was light. That said, it was just the right length. Amazing how many people wanted to be near her after reading 84 Charing Cross Road.

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AmberWB
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This was as delightful as 84, Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff seems like someone I would have loved to spend a day with and, after reading her books, I don‘t think I am the only one. The last few pages were definitely bitter sweet, as her time in London came to a close and she realized she‘d probably not make it back. Highly recommended.
@bookriot
#readharder #onesittingbook

CherryPie Excellent. I really want this to be as successful as 84. 2y
Bry I just discovered 84, Charing Cross Road and now want to read all of her books! 2y
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AmberWB
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I read 84, Charing Cross Road and thought it was absolutely delightful. Hoping to enjoy this one just as much.

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Mehso-so

It was ok. I like the way Helene Hanff sees the world, and I loved 84 Charing Cross Rd, but there wasn‘t anything really captivating about this for me.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, is a sequel to her earlier epistolary novel, 84 Charing Cross Road. ❤️both!

#bestsequelyouread #allthebooksof2017

LeahBergen Me, too! ❤️ 2y
CarolynM And me! 2y
Sarah83 Loved it so much 😍 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Loved them both! 2y
MaureenMc Ditto. 😊 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a gem of a book! A sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road, it's a journal of the author's experiences in London. Full of forthright witty remarks, humorous incidents and insightful observations. I can understand and share her excitement as she visited the literary places of interests that she has read and dreamt of visiting. Lovely city, lovely read. 💗

Bluebird I love 84 Charing Cross Road and didn't realize there was a follow up. Must add this to my TBR mountain! 2y
Susannah I just got this in the mail on Thursday. I've read it before, but I'm thinking of taking a trip to London early next year (for the first time!), and this seemed like the perfect book to read while I make a final decision. I love Helene Hanff. 🇺🇸❤️📚🇬🇧😊 2y
minkyb I never knew there was a follow up. How exciting! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm @Bluebird @minkyb You'll love it! And when you're done with this, look up for Apple of My Eye, where she wrote about New York City (on my wish list). 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Susannah I hope you'll find some of the things there useful, hopefully not outdated. Have a fun time planning your trip! 😊 2y
kspenmoll Loved these two books so much- just discovered them this year!!! 2y
minkyb Even more exciting!!! 2y
Bluebird Thanks! Didn't know about that on either! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Err, so here I am at the end of the #24in48 #readathon. Only 3 books and halfway through the tagged book which is contained in the 84 Charing Cross Road paperback. Wish I did more, but I'm glad I joined in, or I wouldn't have read these much on my normal weekend!
Great job to all who participated and congratulations to those who completed (and exceeded) the target! 👏🏼📚🏅Thanks Rachel and the team at @24in48 . This has been fun! 😗

LauraJ Reading any more than you normally would is a success in my book! 🏅 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @LauraJ Yes, I concur! Thanks 😊 2y
Kalalalatja Well done you! 👏👏 2y
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merelybookish
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I volunteered today at my library's Whale of a Sale. This is what I brought home. Pretty pleased with my finds (and restraint.) They're all first editions except for the Hanff.

kspenmoll Sorry could not edit previous comment. Tried to say I have read & enjoyed both the Hanff book & (edited) 2y
merelybookish @kspenmoll I can't edit comments either. It's an Android problem, I think. Kind of annoying. 🙄 But good to hear you liked the L'Engle. It was the one I'm least familiar with. 2y
kspenmoll Went through a period where I read all of her work! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#immersedinLondon #neverbeenthere #coffeeandbooks
So happy I was surprised with two books in one. Had no idea;no indication on book cover. I highly recommend this sequel to 84 Charting CrossRoad. Happy to escape into her world & time period. She is witty,a keen observer of daily life on her walks, manages to convey the uniqueness of the people she meets in London. Her determination to visit planned literary places reminds me of me when traveling.

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kspenmoll
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Did not realize my copy of 84 Charting Cross Road also included this 2nd follow up book of Helen's. 😊👏📚

christineandbooks Lucky you! 2y
kspenmoll @christineandbooks Fabulous surprise; it was literally on an ordering list!!! 2y
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Nat_Reads
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I love these books to pieces! Only one more to read. I particularly enjoyed this old edition from my library that smells like what I think Doel's shop must have. Hanff's journal of her time in London feels like a cuddle in a giant feather duvet--I just want to stay in it all day!

Susannah Yes! I love Helene Hanff's books. 84 Charing Cross Road is an all-time favorite. 2y
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Nebklvr
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So sad to have them end...

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Nebklvr
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I love, love, love these books! They just make me happy! I am writing a thank you to my librarian for picking these out for me. (From her home collection. Yes, you should be jealous. 😍)

rubyslippersreads I adore Helene Hanff's books! 😀 3y
Nebklvr @rubyslippersreads Just read 84 Charing and this one. Loved them both. Are there more? 3y
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Sarah83
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Ein Buch, welches einen mit einem guten Gefühl zurücklässt. Nach dem Erscheinen von 84 Charing Cross macht sich Helene nach London auf um die Engländer kennenzulernen. Zu schön. Ein kurzweiliges Lesevergnügen mit Schmunzelfaktor. 😍 Das heißt es gibt das dritte Buch noch direkt hinterher.

A book which makes you feel really comfortable. After 84 Charing cross was published Helene started a trip to London, because she wants to get to know the 👇

Sarah83 English people. It is too funny. A cosy read and a nice one even though. I really happy that I already got the third book, so I can start it right now. 😍 3y
LeahBergen I haven't read Letter From New York but I have Q's Legacy on my shelf. I've read Charing Cross and Bloomsbury and loved them. 😄 3y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen I will start the letters tomorrow and I will report, if they are as funny as the other two. 😉 Q's legacy I don't find. 😑 What is it about? 3y
rubyslippersreads I love all Helene Hanff's books! 😀 3y
LeahBergen I believe it is about how she came to write 84, Charing Cross Road. 3y
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Sarah83
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Heute morgen nur kurz ein bißchen gelesen, bevor wir unseren Tagesausflug gestartet haben. 😍

I only did a little read before we started our trip today. 😍

melbeautyandbooks Love your book cover! 3y
Sarah83 @melbeautyandbooks Thank you. I love it too. 😉 3y
Lmstraubie A little is better than none! ☺️ 3y
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Sarah83 @Lmstraubie Of course you are so right 😉 3y
Faibka Beautiful book cover!! Sorry I haven't logged in such a long time and have missed your posts :( 3y
Sarah83 @Faibka Everything fine. 😉 As long as you're doing well . 3y
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christineandbooks
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Last book of the year... a short and sweet one...

LeahBergen Yes! 💗 3y
rubyslippersreads ❤❤❤ this book! 3y
Sarah83 This is still on my tbr. 😍 I loved 84 charing cross 😍 3y
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Suelizbeth
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Loved, loved, loved this book. I had the most unexpected and visceral reaction at the end of book. Balled my eyes out. It's really not a sad book. My father was a British literature instructor, and I think I was crying for memory of him and his love for England. I have been and long to return.

Laura317 I know! Especially London! I feel such a pull to that city. 3y
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Suelizbeth
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"How about this, Frankie? I finally made it." page 17. This book is going to make me cry. I want to go back to Great Britain. It's been almost 40 years, but even if I'd never been, I feel a homesickness, much like the author. #catsoflitsy

christineandbooks I just discovered this book the other day as I was looking to purchase a copy of 84 Charing Cross Road. So excited to read it! 3y
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Ellen
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Counting this among #bestblurbs solely for the excellent use of "piquant" #seasonsreading2016

LeahBergen I love her books ❤️ 3y
Ellen @leahbergen Just bought this one and 3y
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Silentbeauty
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I thoroughly enjoyed this account of Helene's trip to England. I don't know why I still love reading others opinions on the country I've called home for the last ten years, but I do. ❤️

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Books I picked up on #NationalBookLoversDay