Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer.
Cleverly written and full of fascinating detail, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore will charm nerds. If you have ever wondered how to tie together Latin phrases, food service at the Googleplex, cracking DRM and promoting Ruby, the open source programming language this is the book for you.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore 288 pages