The Little Paris Bookshop’s Monsieur Jean Perdu calls himself a book apothecary; from a barge on the Seine, he prescribes the perfect novels and nonfiction for all of life’s ailments, mending broken hearts and souls, and proving the power of stories to shape people’s lives. Here are some of author Nina George’s favorite fast-acting medicines for minds and hearts affected by minor or moderate emotional turmoil. To be taken in easily digestible doses (between five and fifty pages) unless otherwise indicated and if possible, with warm feet and/or with a cat on your lap. These twenty books will have you feeling better instantly.
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The Read It Forward Book Apothecary prescribes the perfect book to fit your mood. Whether you’re feeling joyful, heartbroken, or somewhere in between, we’ll recommend three books that pair well with your emotions.
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NINA GEORGE works as a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She is the award-winning author of 26 books, and also writes feature articles, short stories, and columns. The Little Paris Bookshop spent over a year on bestseller lists in Germany, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Berlin and in Brittany, France.
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