84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

So I’ve taken a needed break from this blog because it wasn’t going the way I envisioned it and to be honest, I felt pigeonholed and in a rut. So in the spirit of honesty and millennial authenticity, I’ll be expanding Earl Gray Times beyond solely books, music, and caffeine. It’ll still be under the guise of that and those will always be large parts of my life but I want to start incorporating more mental health, rape culture anecdotes, teaching shenanigans, and more into this as well since those are also huge parts of me.

Anyway, to the point of this post. I recently finished the book 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff It’s a short book that’s all letters between a New York author and a book store owner in London over a few decades. I loved the book, finished it in a couple hours, and it’s absolutely delightful. Such a fun read and it honestly brought me back to living in the best city in the world, London.

It highlights a relationship between two people who have actually never met in real life but started because the author was interested in a rare book only the London book shop had access to. Thus, they started a friendship that spanned decades.

If you’re looking for a short, quick read that isn’t too heavy and reaffirms your faith in intercontinental friendships (or long distance friendships in general), this is the book for you! Plus, who doesn’t love seeing actual typewriter font and getting an insider’s look into the late 1950ss/the early 1960s without all the gross misogyny and racism?!


One thought on “84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

  1. Hi dear Dana,can

    Loved your post, and loved that book…it was great. Good to see your blog again! Also, heard from your Mom that you are set for teaching in middle school next semester. I am thrilled, because I know that you wanted to teach in middle school from the beginning! Bravo! Lots of love, Amah >


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