The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
I have to admit that this book grabbed my by the title. Paris & Bookshop – why not?
As Monsieur Perdu introduces us to his bookshop on a boat parked in Paris, we are not only reminded of how books can help us make sense of life but also can shape our futures. Monsieur Perdu who has spent years prescribing books to others from his “literary pharmacy” realizes he has neglected the most important patient for years, himself. As he journeys to discovery himself along the rivers of France, the characters he encounters, the relationships that unfold, and the tales he hears help serve as a reminder that life is precious and we should make the most of it. But… just don’t rush it.
Oh and I mustn’t forget the French food thrown in on the side. The book is complete with recipes in the back in case you find your mouth watering…and I bet you will!
In case that wasn’t enough, the adventure is full of many brilliant and poignant quotes: “Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void. Like a short, torrid love affair.” As an avid book reader, this quote describes my love affair with books – you can always find something to fit your mood. (I hope to share these perfect books with you here)
Nina George aptly navigates us on this emotional voyage of self-discovery through travel and books. It is a must buy/ grab from the library for me! 5 stars!