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The Secret of Lost Things

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Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city.


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Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Product Details
Paperback (368 pages)
Published: March 11, 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307277336
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  • I was born before this story starts, before I dreamed of such a place as the Arcade, before I imagined men like Walter Geist existed outside of fables, outside of fairy tales.

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  • Ich wurde geboren, bevor diese Geschichte beginnt, bevor ich von einem Ort wie dem Arcade auch nur träumte, und auch dass es Männer wie Walter Geist ausserhalb von Fabeln, von...

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  • I was a small sultana, my treasure counted in the currency of trifles.

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  • For her part, Chaps was too well read to be considered entirely proper. Books had made her unreasonably independent.

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  • I knew books to be objects that loved to cluster and form disordered piles, but here books seemed robbed of their zany capacity to fall about, to conspire. In the library, books behaved...

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  • It was what I'd been given. It was mine to keep.

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  • Und ich würde es behalten.

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