What You Are Looking for Is in the Library (Hardcover)

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What You Are Looking for Is in the Library (Hardcover)


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Are you in need of a mindset reboot? This novel, so positive, delightful and inspiring, did the trick for me, moving me to see my life in a way I tend to forget: how fortunate I am in my work and personal life and what I add to my community. A rather odd librarian in Tokyo presents life-changing choices for the visitors who come to her requesting book recommendations, but . . . the last book she adds to the list is not exactly what they're looking for. What they discover about themselves in that added book is a treasure to read about. This is a charming and poetic read that wreaks of Japanese wisdom . . . a feel-good book for anyone at an impasse in their life and looking for a book that grants a sense of calm. I am grateful for what this book gave me.

— From Vicki (2023-2024)



For fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a charming, internationally bestselling Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers' life.

What are you looking for? So asks Tokyo's most enigmatic librarian. For Sayuri Komachi is able to sense exactly what each visitor to her library is searching for and provide just the book recommendation to help them find it.

A restless retail assistant looks to gain new skills, a mother tries to overcome demotion at work after maternity leave, a conscientious accountant yearns to open an antique store, a recently retired salaryman searches for newfound purpose.

In Komachi's unique book recommendations they will find just what they need to achieve their dreams. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library is about the magic of libraries and the discovery of connection. This inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfill our lifelong dreams. Which book will you recommend?
Product Details ISBN: 9781335005625
ISBN-10: 1335005625
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English