Parnassus on Wheels

Parnassus on Wheels

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"Parnassus on Wheels Christopher Morley "When you sell a man a book,"" says Roger Mifflin, the sprite-like book peddler at the center of this classic novella, ""you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life."" In this beguiling but little-known prequel to Christopher Morley's beloved Haunted Bookshop, the ""whole new life"" that the traveling bookman delivers to Helen McGill, the narrator of Parnassus on Wheels, provides the romantic comedy that drives this charming love letter to a life in books.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2010
ISBN: 9781935554110
1935554115
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORLEY 2010
Characteristics: 142 p. ; 18 cm

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Book store drawn by a horse, curated by a passionate reader, with accompanying dog - and a bit of romance and humor. What could be better? Plus, Ann Patchett named her bookstore for this book.

Parnassus on Wheels is the story of an adventuresome man who travels through New England in 1915 on his bookwagon, hoping to enlighten numerous communities. He becomes involved in many roadside brawls and heroic escapes in the process.


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freckled2much
Jan 16, 2016

This was hilarious and endearing; if you're a bibliophile you will love it, if you're not a bibliophile you may become one. Since there's no description for this (for shame!); this is the story of an unexpected adventure by an unlikely adventurer - a middle aged, overweight, spinster who has been looking after her brother for decades with no thought for herself, or notion that she could do anything for herself. When a strange little gingersnap of a man comes by with a wagon full of books (a roaming book store) he wishes to sell to her brother, she stops the transaction in the most logical way she can think of - buying them herself. I finished it in one sitting and can't wait to read more by the author.

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djbenke
Dec 22, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. Good characters, well developed plot, and a love of books, what more could you ask for.

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