"84, Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff

This book is a collection of letters from a female writer in New YorkCity to a bookstore in London. She writes for good, inexpensive copiesof books which they ship to her in New York. Eventually, she and the manwho answers for the bookstore become friends.

The love of books is throughout the collected letters. Helene tries tohelp her London friends by sending them treats during the rations inLondon after World War II. She longs to go to London, but doesn't everseem to have the funds to go.

I cannot really explain the depth of this book, but it is one of myfavorite books. A movie has also been made of it, which I also enjoyed.The lesson I took from this book is one of seizing the day. Helene wantsto go to London, and could do so for \$360 to see Victoria'sCoronation, but instead she has \$2500 in dental work done. Longing forsomething so badly, but not reordering your priorities to get it, is asad thing. And a thing many of us do too often.

I think this book deserves 10 stars, rather than 5!

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