The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

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""A book is both doctor and medicine. It makes diagnoses and provides therapy. Bringing the right novels together with the appropriate people is the way I sell books."
""There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies--I mean books--that were written for one person only...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015?]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780553418774
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator


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Mar 17, 2018

Jean Perdu has a barge docked on the Seine in Paris. it is the "Literary Apothecary" and he says, "With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long terms than the man you marry." Jean Perdu prescribes books and will not let someone purchase a book that will not be good for them. The story moves as the barge is released from the dock and floats through France with a motley crew. The pain of loss is bared and there is healing. While the ending of the book is a bit simple and happy in a lovely but maybe trite way, it is also an enjoyable voyage and the references to literature are fun, there is wisdom enough woven through.

Mar 11, 2018

I really liked this story. A nice escape to Paris and a refreshing storyline. I have recommended this book to many friends.

coloradobuck Jan 16, 2018

Delightful and thoughtful read. If you love Paris or all things French - If you love stories about moving on after loss - if you love books that challenge your normal thinking, then this book is for you. It may not line up exactly with my world view, but it taught me about: life lessons, understanding love, people, how you can get stuck in life and how to move past being stuck in life.

Jan 04, 2018

I loved reading the descriptions of Paris and especially the natural beauty of Provence. The author has a talent for putting the reader in the scene. The plot was well written and the story has a moral to it but the author leaves each reader to draw his own conclusions as to what it is based upon his own life's experiences.
A good read to curl up with under the duvet and a glass of Bordeaux.

This is really a prescription for mature readers. A love story and a life story that took wrong turns, failed to dare and finally resolved by a trip down a river that brings resolution to the lives of the main characters. I cried for "Lost John" and sometimes, for myself.

JCLKariE May 08, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop gave me serious wanderlust. While reading this book it was fun to Google image search all the locations to see the beautiful scenery are characters are exploring. I love traveling the canals and ending up in the hot, mountainous South of France. Perdu is an interesting character because he denies himself so many things in life. The voice of this novel is very French; it is suave, seductive, and gives the reader a deeper understanding of life and love. I want to read Perdu’s work, Great Encyclopedia of Small Emotions: A Guide for Booksellers, Lovers, and Other Literary Pharmacists. Visiting the Literary Apothecary sounds like fun and I love the idea of Perdu prescribing the perfect book for curing ails.

Apr 26, 2017

Reading it now; not smitten as everybody else seems to be, attention wandering especially when it came to love letters which I mostly skipped. Formulaic in some instances. Where is the spritual element in all this? We're spiritual beings after all, not addressed here though romantic love surely was - to a sickening degree I felt.

Feb 17, 2017

A beautiful story. Highly recommend.

VaughanPLKim Dec 16, 2016

I really enjoyed the "literary apothecary" aspect of this book, especially the book prescriptions at the end. The scenery of the French countryside is beautifully described. Jean Perdu's journey is a reminder not to let life pass you by.

Dec 12, 2016

Great Story right up to the very last page. The book prescriptions were fabulous.

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Aug 08, 2017

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siammarino Sep 15, 2015

Monsieur Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge in Paris, but he casts off down the canals with Max, a young man with writer's block. Both find solace escaping Paris, and at the end find love.


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