Recommended by Megan Eggers
When the Great Recession shuffles rising tech star Clay Jannon out of his high paying bagel advertising position, he thinks he’ll never find another job (even a terrible one). Enter Mr. Penumbra and his highly mysterious and eclectic bookstore/…lending club? For a while, Clay manages to keep his head down and ignore the craziness, the coded books at the back of the store, the strange late-night customers, and the complete lack of a visible revenue stream. But when Mr. Penumbra goes missing and it looks like it might be Clay’s fault, he must solve the mystery of “The Founder” before it’s too late.
A cozy and eclectic mystery, this stand-alone piece of fiction is perfect for anyone who’s ever wished for a bookstore in the middle of the night, who haunts libraries, and who sees the wonder in even the most ordinary of objects. A recent addition to the library collection and a New York Times bestseller, this wonderful tale is well worth the read. So, take an adventure into the oddly familiar and dusty stacks of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and fall in love with words, with stories, again.