A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka – Bookstore Review

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
Published by Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

It seems like every time I turn around, my bookseller friend Margie is beating me to the punch by reading a book that I’m dying to read. It makes for a lot of “oh my gosh you haven’t read (insert fabulous book here) yet? You have GOT to read it!” Then I usually buy a copy, but it on my personal TBR pile, and fail to get to it.

With “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True,” I am both ahead of and behind Margie. I was the first of the two of us to buy the book from The Bookstore, the first to realize that Brigid Pasulka was herself a Chicagoan (she teaches at a fairly prestigious Chicago Public School), and actually the one to suggest it to Margie a couple of weeks ago when nothing she had at home was catching her eye. And yet, Margie was the first of the two of us to read and review it.

The one nice thing about Margie reading a book before me is that I sincerely trust her recommendation and, depending on what she tells me, I can either move a book up on my list, or demote it. Based on her review today, “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” is a book that I am absolutely going to have to bump up towards the top of my list.

So please, definitely check out Margie’s fabulous review, and think about heading out and grabbing a copy of “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka yourself. Maybe we can do a readalong and force me to get going on it!

“A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka, reviewed by Margie from The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Brigid Pasulka’s website


4 comments to A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka – Bookstore Review

  • Yes, Jen, this was your fabulous “handsell” you made the other week. Remember? I said I was looking something very rich and satisfying after having finished couple of detective novels in a row, and you suggested this. I picked it up that night and (almost)never put it down until I was done. Great job! Anytime you want a bookselling job, just holler!

  • You’re the second person to recommend this book to me. It’s already on my wish list, but I’ll be happy to bump it up a little higher on the list.

  • Will look out for this one, thanks!

  • I had someone recommend this one to me, but I didn’t realize Pasulka was a Chicagoan. It sounds like a really good story – definitely on my TBR list!