The Duchess of Bloomsbury StreetHarper Perennial #ad - Frank is no longer alive, but his widow and daughter, along with enthusiastic British fans from all walks of life, embrace Helene as an honored guest. A new yorker who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, Helene Hanff delivers an outsider’s funny yet fabulous portrait of idiosyncratic Britain at its best.
The duchess of bloomsbury street is not only a witty account of two different worlds colliding but also a love letter to England and its literary heritage—and a celebration of the written word’s power to sustain us, transport us, and unite us. Eager hosts, trips to harrod’s, sweep her up in a whirlwind of plays and dinners, including a famous actress and a retired colonel, and wild jaunts to their favorite corners of the countryside.
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street #ad - Nancy mitford meets nora ephron in the pages of the duchess of bloomsbury street, helene hanff’s delightful travelogue about her “bucket list” trip to LondonWhen devoted Anglophile Helene Hanff is invited to London for the English publication of 84, Charing Cross Road—in which she shares two decades of correspondence with Frank Doel, a British bookseller who became a dear friend—she can hardly believe her luck.
And whether she is walking across the oxford university courtyard where John Donne used to tread, visiting Windsor Castle, or telling a British barman how to make a real American martini, Helene always wears her heart on her sleeve.
Underfoot In Show BusinessGolden Springs Publishing #ad - To keep body and soul together until Broadway fame arrived, they devised an economic survival system that embraced such unlikely jobs as taking street-corner. Reviews — “miss hanff, having a good memory and a lively sense of humor, has composed a theater sketch that is realistic as well as hilarious.
. One of the most amusing recent theater books about the Broadway theater. Brooks atkinson“A delightful book by an irrepressible author. What really lifts the book to a high level of entertainment is the sparkling humor. If you need cheering up, this is it. In her spirited, witty and vastly entertaining memoir, Helene Hanff recalls her ingenuous attempts to crash Broadway in the early forties as one of “the other 999.
Naive, she found her life governed by flanagan’s Law: “No matter what happens to you, frequently penniless but hopelessly stagestruck, nearsighted, it’s unexpected. Therefore, as a prize-winning theatre guild protégée with a brilliant future, Helene naturally found that all the producers who were going to produce her plays didn’t, and all the agents who were going to sell her plays couldn’t.
Underfoot In Show Business #ad - Together with her best friend maxine, an aspiring actress consigned to playing the comedy-ingénue in plays that regularly folded after five performances, she cultivated the “delicate, illegal art of getting everything for nothing”—from free seats to every Broadway show and neighborhood movie and borrowed outfits from Saks to voice lessons for Maxine and Greek lessons for Helene.
Here’s hoping Miss Hanff finds more failures to write books about.
The Diary of a BooksellerMelville House #ad - Until bythell did indeed buy the store. It seemed like a book-lover's paradise. And be polite. In this wry and hilarious diary, he tells us what happened next—the trials and tribulations of being a small businessman; of learning that customers can be, um, eccentric; and of wrangling with his own staff of oddballs such as ski-suit-wearing, dumpster-diving Nicky.
. Slowly, bythell is seduced by the growing charm of small-town life, with a mordant wit and keen eye, despite —or maybe because of—all the peculiar characters there. When bythell first thought of taking over the store, set in a tiny, with over one hundred thousand books in a glorious old house with twisting corridors and roaring fireplaces, it seemed like a great idea: The Bookshop is Scotland's largest second-hand store, beautiful town by the sea.
The Diary of a Bookseller #ad - And perhaps none are quirkier than the charmingly cantankerous bookseller Bythell himself turns out to be. But then too there are the buying trips to old estates and auctions, with the thrill of discovery, as well as the satisfaction of pressing upon people the books that you love. A wry and hilarious account of life at a bookshop in a remote scottish village"among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I've read.
Dwight garner, new york Times "Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny.