The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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""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.
""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."
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553418781
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator


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ArapahoeKati Mar 15, 2018

Ever heard of a book therapist who recommends books based on the hardships of your life? What book would be recommended to you?

Experience the genius of a small bookshop owner who knows just the right book for each of his customers and where they are in their lives.

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Dec 11, 2018

This just might be the most profound, life-changing book I ever read in my life. Nina George paints the world with indescribable beauty and realism. The language is simply delicious, and her imagery will come alive in your mind. This book made me weep for the sheer pleasure of the experience, and again in mourning upon its completion.

Monsieur Perdu spoke to me in a way I had never dreamed to be spoken to, and understood me more completely than could have ever hoped. George created such a beautiful, flawed cast of characters that are more three dimensional than many people I have encountered in real life. This is a book I will read many many times in the course of my life, and I am certain I will learn something new with each reading.

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Artistic souls, bleeding hearts, and hopeless romantics, you will not regret this book.

Aug 01, 2018

I enjoyed this story of a man who had to set out on a journey to find himself and find peace with his past. A fun read especially if you are a visual reader. This book made me want to go to France and boat down the canals.

Jul 09, 2018

A novel similar to Eat, Pray, Love. I believe this book was translated to English - would have been a more beautiful novel in its original language.

heidenkind May 09, 2018

First of all, this isn't a romance novel, although there are romantic elements to it. I enjoyed parts of the book, but it feels like a short story stretched into a novel by virtue of more words. If I wasn't a sucker for journey books I probably would have DNF'd it.

Mar 30, 2018

The surname of the main character describes the plot of this novel. Jean Perdu has a jigsaw puzzle of the world that is as challenging to complete as this novel. It has a half dozen plots that are worthy of their own development and expansion into several novels but that simply make this novel seem aimless and unfocused. Do all copies of this book smell like lavender as this copy did (as a warning to readers with a perfume allergy)? For a real account of the trials on woman-man relations of an extended trip on a canal boat from England to Marseilles, read the joint memoir "For better, for worse" by Siobhan and Damian Horner [Phoenix, 2009]. Are French beavers really carnivorous? (p. 197) The novel ends with some recipes featuring lavender; and an eclectic suggested reading list.

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.

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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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Mar 30, 2018

"'Fear transforms you body like an inept sculptor does a perfect block of stone,' Perdu heard Vijaya's voice say inside him. 'It's just that you're chipped away at from within, and no one sees how many splinters and layers have been taken off you. You become ever thinner and more brittle inside, until even the slightest emotion bowls you over. One hug, and you think you're going to shatter and be lost.' If Jordan [Perdu's young friend] ever needed a piece of fatherly advice, Perdu would tell him: 'Never listen to fear! Fear makes you stupid..'" (p. 130-131)


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