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What you are looking for is in the library : a novel / Michiko Aoyama ; translated from the Japanese by Alison Watts.

Aoyama, Michiko, 1970- (author.). Watts, Alison, (translator.).


"What are you looking for? So asks Tokyo's most enigmatic librarian. For Sayuri Komachi is able to sense exactly what each visitor to her library is searching for and provide just the book recommendation to help them find it. A restless retail assistant looks to gain new skills, a mother tries to overcome demotion at work after maternity leave, a conscientious accountant yearns to open an antique store, a recently retired salaryman searches for newfound purpose. In Komachi's unique book recommendations they will find just what they need to achieve their dreams. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library is about the magic of libraries and the discovery of connection. This inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfill our lifelong dreams. Which book will you recommend?"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781335005625
  • ISBN: 1335005625
  • Physical Description: 300 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in Japan in 2020 as お探し物は図書室まで by POPLAR Publishing Co., Ltd.
First English-language edition published in Great Britain in 2023 by Doublebay, an imprint of Transworld Publishers.
Includes list of books referenced.
Language Note:
Text mainly in English with some Japanese.
Subject: Reference librarians > Fiction.
Books and reading > Fiction.
Women librarians > Fiction.
Library users > Fiction.
Counseling > Fiction.
Libraries > Fiction.
Tokyo (Japan) > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Magic realist fiction.

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  • 14 of 35 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 11 current holds with 35 total copies.
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