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The Little Paris Bookshop



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

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Zevin, Gabrielle


A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all that he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice IslandAnd then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Shaffer, Mary Ann


January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…

The Thirteenth Tale

Setterfield, Diane


Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a request from one of Britain’s most prolific novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. So begins a tale of gothic strangeness with feral twins, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a love letter to reading.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Sloan, Robin


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest.The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus


Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist — books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

The Shadow of the Wind

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos


The international literary sensation, about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

People of the Book

Brooks, Geraldine


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war

The Book Shop

Fitzgerald, Penelope


In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Bivald, Katarina


Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen... Sara, travels all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended.

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Grabenstein, Chris


A fun romp of a juvenile title. This book won Vermont’s DCF reader award in 2015.

The Uncommon Reader

Bennett, Alan


Even a queen’s life can be changed by reading.

A Novel Bookstore

Cosse, Laurence


Ivan, a one-time world traveler, and Francesca, a ravishing Italian heiress, are the owners of a bookstore that is anything but ordinary. Rebelling against the business of bestsellers and in search of an ideal place where their literary dreams can come true, Ivan and Francesca open a store where the passion for literature is given free rein.

The Borrower

Makkai, Rebecca


In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. But is Ian just running away?

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Nafisi, Azar

92 NAF

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics.

The End of Your Life Book Club

Schwalbe, Will

616.994 SCH

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

Sixpence House

Collins, Paul

002.075 COL

Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants-and forty bookstores.

When Books Went to War

Manning, Molly Guptill

028.909 MAN

When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Hammer, Joshua

025.82 HAM

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.