Wednesday, May 23, 2012

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This charming tale is made up entirely of the correspondence between Ms. Helene Hanff of New York and Mr. Frank Doel of London, England, an employee at Marks & Co Booksellers at 84 Charing Cross Road. What started as Hanff's search for inexpensive rare books evolved into a unique friendship that lasted 20 years, though the two never actually met. In an age of quick emails and text messages this book reminds us that there used to be another way to communicate, and that it was more thoughtful and personal than the path technology has led us down. And now I want to go write some letters.

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