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Tidewater Review by Anne Stinson

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Translated from French by Simon Pare. Crown Publishers, New York. 370 pp. $25. Publication Date: June 23, 2015. “A warm and charming tale of love, loss, and the power of reading,” the book jacket claims ~ and it’s accurate. This novel fits into an elegant category with another bookshop story recently reviewed in Tidewater Times ~ The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, who also owned a bookshop. Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop will engross every reader who classifies bookstores only second to cathedrals. This one, like Fikry, is wonderful. Monsieur Perdu is the sadsack owner of a barge moored on the edge of the Seine River and stuffed with shelves and more shelves of books for sale. He’s quirky. As the proprietor of the Literary Apothecary, as he has named the shop to focus on its purpose ~ Perdu explains the reference to apothecary indicates that he matches buyers w ith their moods. New w idows, for example, cannot purchase sto-

ries that will increase their grief. Children are only allowed to buy books that w ill encourage their conf idence and love of reading. He talks to customers to evaluate their needs and recommends their choices. His routine doesn’t apply to tourists, of course. Like some Frenchmen, he has irritable contempt for tourists. He’s been morose for more than


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