Genre: Fiction | Themes: Paris, Bookshops, Love, Loss, Friendship
What Chocolat did for chocolate, The Little Paris Bookshop does for books—infusing them with love, magic, and mystery, not to mention the capacity to heal.
On board the Literary Apothecary, books are medicine, and Monsieur Jean Perdu is the “capitano” who prescribes them carefully and lovingly to each individual person.
Brimming with themes of hope and loss, the passage of time, and the changing heart, The Little Paris Bookshop will make you want to gather its characters up in your arms and give them a warm squeeze.
The story conveys the beauty of books interwoven with being human, even with all its shortcomings.
By the end, you’ll be left with three burning desires: to float the river Seine in a boat (preferably one laden with books and two adorable cats), to visit the South of France, and to dance the Tango.
Favorite quotes from the book:
“…books, the only remedy for countless, undefined afflictions of the soul.”
“Perdu reflected that it was a common misconception that booksellers looked after books. They looked after people.”
“The world’s rulers should be forced to take a reader’s license. Only when they have read 5000 – no, make that 10,000 – books will they be anywhere near qualified to understand humans and how they behave.”
“Perdu suspected that these small children, listening with eyes wide and in rapt concentration, would one day grow up to need reading, with its accompanying sense of wonder and the feeling of having a film running inside your head, as much as they needed air to breathe.”
“…a novel is like a garden where the reader must spend time in order to bloom.”
“The way an author wrote was the true sound of her heart and soul.”
“Books help me breathe better—it’s that simple.”