I just finished this charming book and want to recommend it -- to everyone!
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
Every so often a truly enchanting book comes along -- and The Little Paris Bookshop is one such treasure.
Jean Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his tiny bookstore aboard a barge on the Seine, Monsieur Perdue dispenses the right book to mend broken hearts and souls. But the one shattered heart he can't mend is his own.
A lost love has built a wall around Monsieur Purdue. When cracks begin to appear in that wall, Purdue unmoors his floating bookstore and sets off on a journey of redemption through the waterways of France into the heart of Provence. Will he find the soul balm to heal his broken heart? He's accompanied on his quest by a young bestselling author with a severe case of writer's block, and an Italian chef searching for love.
In addition to this charming tale and love letter to the power of books, the author includes a few recipes from the Provence region (the Lavender Ice Cream, sounds yummy!). Be sure to check out Jean Perdu's Emergency Literary Pharmacy at the back of the book. Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren, for example, is an effective remedy against acquired (rather than innate) pessimism and a fear of miracles (singing in the shower is one of the book's side effects).
I highly recommend this book. A must-read for every bibliophile.
Louise Paziak worked in the Publicity department of Burbank Public Library, from which job she is now retired (and free to read at will!). She is also Aunt Agatha of Death in the Stacks, her mystery blog.