The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

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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"--
""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 Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780553418774
0553418777
Branch Call Number: FICTION George Nina 06/2015
Characteristics: 392 pages :,illustration ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator
Alternative Title: Lavendelzimmer

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List - 2017 Lackman Book Group
JCLKariE Jun 10, 2017

"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." A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to... Read More »

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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 c... Read More »

List - 2017 DeSoto Book Group
JCLKariE Dec 29, 2016

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 l... Read More »

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JCLHebahA Jun 15, 2015

A charming, sentimental novel. While it begins very much on a note of the power of books to heal life's hurts, it ends up being about healing through friends, a journey, and ultimately living instead of hiding from pain. It does tend toward a bit of predictability, but it doesn't seek to be a fas... Read More »


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JLee237
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.

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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.

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Liber_vermis
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.

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rogebc_0
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.

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009811134
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.

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Kathrynsbraunstein
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.
Katie

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.

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singasong70
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.

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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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Liber_vermis
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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