Book ClubLifestyleWindermere Bellevue Commons News April 11, 2024

Books Set Around the World

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Feed your wanderlust without having to leave your home with this month’s #LiteraryListings set around the world. From the cozy Cotswolds to scenic Sweden to metropolitan Moscow, these books are sure to transport you to inspiring destinations. Grab your passport and get reading!


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


Marketing Remarks:

Applications now open for short and extended stays at the Metropol Hotel. A testament to Art Nouveau design, this luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Moscow in the famed Theatre Square. For those seeking clemency from Bolsheivk regimes, the hotel offers a fully furnished apartment on the sixth floor, where privacy and seclusion are guaranteed. Need an office, storage or hiding space? An additional room may be accessed via a secret door in the wardrobe. Enjoy numerous hotel amenities, from the world-class restaurant, The Boyarsky, to a professional on-site barber. You will never get want to leave the Metropol!

Agent Remarks: A colorful cast of characters bloom against the stark world of Bolshevik Russia in A Gentleman in Moscow. After being sentenced to permanent house arrest at the Hotel Metropol, Count Alexander Rostov must find interesting ways to keep busy, from spying on communist party meetings to becoming a head waiter at the hotel restaurant. Amor Towles crafts a beautiful story of fortitude, of finding family in the most unlikely of places, and the pursuit of beauty and freedom even when the world seems too ugly to be saved.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


Marketing Remarks: Welcome to the quaint town of Malmkoping, where you can live out your golden years in comfort surrounded by the beauty of nature. Lovely ground-floor unit available overlooking the gardens with easy access to communal lounge where fun events, like birthday parties for centenarians, are hosted weekly! The Old Folks Home of Malmkoping is within easy walking distance to the city center & bus station. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Agents Remarks: The 100 Year Old Man… is a heartwarming escapade chronicling the journey of Allan after he escapes from the Old Folks Home on the afternoon of his 100th birthday. What begins as a harmless jaunt to the train station quickly devolves into a hilarious chase across Sweden involving shady drug dealers, an elephant named Sonja and several unlikely allies. Throughout the book, readers are offered a glimpse into Allan’s eccentric past working as a demolition expert, a brief imprisonment in a gulag and befriending several world leaders of questionable morals. Jonas Jonasson offers readers a literary treat, proving that adventure can be found by those who have the courage to climb out the window and seek it.

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How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry


Marketing Remarks: Escape to the idyllic Cotswolds! This three-story building on the high street is a rare find – the lower level is outfitted for commercial use (it has been home to the utterly charming Nightingale Books for over thirty years!) and upper levels designated for residential space. A book lover’s quaint hamlet, complete with golden oak floors, ornate plasterwork & custom built-ins for the most extensive personal libraries. Make Peasebrook your home!

Agent Remarks: If you are looking for a cozy read, look no further than this gem by Veronica Henry. Grappling with the loss of her father, Emilia faces the harrowing task of keeping his beloved bookshop open amidst a rather bleak financial situation & the weight of her own feeling of aimlessness. But everyday that she opens the shop, she is reminded of the extraordinary impact Nightingale Books has on the community of Peasebrooke, providing every patron with the tools to succeed in their own journey, whether they are searching for love, friendship or even closure. How to Find Love in a Bookshop explores the varied nature of love and the power of books to shape our lives and futures.

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Written by Makena Schoene