I read this one for my book club. It also fits nicely into my reading challenge. I am using this for task 37 - a book about books. It would also work for: a best seller, a book recommended by someone I just met, a book that takes place during the summer and a book about a "road trip".
This book is the story of Jean Perdu, a man living in Paris. Jean runs a bookstore that uniquely is housed on a boat, appropriately called The Literary Apothecary. You see, Jean believes that books can cure those things that ail us, perhaps not physically but spiritually. It's also the story of Max ( and a whole host of wonderful, secondary characters) who is a young writer looking for his next story, looking for inspiration.
Jean fell in love once with a beautifully free woman named Manon, but she left. For 20 years, Jean does not know why until he finds a letter. This is the story of Jean's journey and the things that he and Max discover along the way. It's a story about holding on and letting go and of forgiveness.
It is beautifully written, though a little slow at times. It is definitely worth the read. 4 out of 5 stars.