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March 09, 2015


Cindy R.

Great book!


Have it loaded onto my Kindle and queued in my mind (have to finish the incredible Codex Alera series, first!!)—can't wait!

Amy Yingling

Just got the book and the movie on Amazon can't wait to start reading it!

Mary #5149

I have the used book from Amazon on its way, and can't wait to start! This club is a great idea. The quarterly format allows plenty of time, both to obtain, and digest the book. The subject matter is of guaranteed interest. Questions posted ahead of time. Win, win, win!


Wonderful book! I didn't know there was a movie version. Book Club - great idea.

Judy Hudgins

I just went back and read this book recently. It was the first one that came to mind. You might also want to look into The 3000 Mile Garden....another USA/Brit connection, but with gardens.


What a great choice! I loved the book and the movie (one of the best adaptations I've seen). Please allow me to share my CCRd experience: I went to London for the first time, with some members of my family, in 2002 (I had read the book some time before that). We were walking around and came to Leicester Sq. at lunchtime, and there I saw the sign: "Charing Cross Road" I couldn't resist; as everyone else sat down to order lunch, I took off at a fast clip, my 15-year-old nece with me. We ran up the street, calling out the numbers as we went: ...56! 58! 60!... 74! 78! 80! Whaaa!??!! The next building was a Pizza Hut with three doors!
Few times in my life have I been so disappointed. It's a sad world where a bookstore like that one gives way to a Pizza Hut. All the more reason to be grateful the store and its people live on in Hanff's wonderful book.


Loved this book. I'll have to go back and read again to refresh my very dull memory. The movie with Ann Bancroft is very well done. You might want to view it before the start of discussion.


This is an ultra-nerdy comment, but as a librarian who works in ILL, I appreciated the shout out at the end of this post. I'm always surprised how many people don't know about this service or take advantage of it!


Found this inscription in my library's copy:

Hunter Murphy

What a wondrous idea. I love it. Barring some unforeseen circumstances, I will be there. I was floored by the book, 84, Charing Cross Road. I read it a few years ago and it was such a great experience. I think this LWA idea is fine one, btw. (I've always had thrilling postal adventures too.)


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Love this idea. Another book to consider is A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression, by Ted Gup.

Henry Salerno

hello Kathy and Donovan,
I YouTubed your discussion of 84 Charing Cross Road not because of my affection for handwritten letters, but because of my great affection for that particular title and all the sentiments therein expressed especially Hanff's love of REAL books. Hence, you can imagine the revulsion and disappointment I felt when it was revealed that Ana read that title for the discussion on an e-book!!! Of all the books you guys may ever discuss, that beloved title should never be read on an e-book. It's like having a beer with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some things just don't go together and in this case it may even be an insult to Hanff herself if she were still alive and destructive to the entire feel of the story. Oh, the horror, the horror. Shame, shame, shame. This is something that now can never be undone.
Anyway, I did enjoy the discussion despite this glaring bibliophilic crime and am impressed by your wit and intelligence. Keep up the good work of promoting the reading of books (even e-books, grrr) and discussing them. Sincerely, Hank Salerno, age 73.

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