Did you know that October is Bookshop Month – the time to support your local bookstore? As if you needed an excuse!
At Books@One this month we are singing our own praises and also promoting October’s book of the month.
We normally like to support our local heroes (Did you hear that Mayo lady Elizabeth Reapy won the Rooney Prize for literature? Her book Red Dirt was our book of the month earlier this year.) However, this time we are going a little further afield - to Paris to be exact.
The Little Paris Bookshop is a book written by German author Nina George. It has been translated into 28 languages and sold more than 500,000 copies. Ms. George is a prolific writer who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over a hundred short stories and more than 600 columns in magazines and newspapers. We are a little bit jealous of Ms. George’s productivity here at Books@One.
Her book is surprising. Surprisingly insightful and emotionally complex, peppered with bookish references to delight the best bibliophile.
The story follows Monsieur Jean Perdu. He owns a barge on the river Seine in Paris, which he converts into a book barge. Naturally!
The book barge is called the ‘Literary Apothecary’ and in it, the bookstore owner not only recommends books for you to read but he can cure all ailments of the heart, body and mind with the correct literary work.
However despite his ability to mend others’ hearts, he seems to be unable to heal his own. There is a shadow from his past looming over him, prodding into his mundane everyday life, goading him to live in technicolour instead of grey.
When Catherine, his new neighbour moves in, Perdu must reassess his life to date and make a choice to confront his past mistakes.
The book is thoroughly enjoyable and contains all the ingredients for a sensorial, stimulating read. Paris in all its glory, coupled with books and a mystery from the past makes The Little Paris Bookshop an enthralling and engaging read. Perfect for cool October evenings, snuggled by the fire.
And of course, you can get your copy at your local bookstore, which is worthy of support because (and wait for the amazing linkage), this month is Bookshop month! ;)