• The cover of the book The Little Paris Bookshop

    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. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.

     
  • The cover of the book Matilda

    Matilda

    Matilda is a five-and-a-half year-old genius bookworm. Her classmates love her even though she’s the teacher’s pet. But her parents are self-centered idiots who think she’s a nuisance, and the school principal is a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

     
  • The cover of the book The Book Thief

    The Book Thief

    It is 1939 in Nazi Germany and the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scrapes out a meager existence for herself by stealing. One day 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. Together they discover that books can feed the soul.

     
  • The cover of the book How Reading Changed My Life

    How Reading Changed My Life

    In this slim collection of essays on the joys of reading, novelist and former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen takes us on a journey through her own formative years as a reader and shares the books that influenced her thoughts on life, politics, and love. Peppered throughout the book are wonderful meditations on reading, like this from editor Hazel Rochman: “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”

     
  • The cover of the book Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading

    Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading

    In this memoir, the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air reflects on her life as a professional reader. Maureen Corrigan takes us from her unpretentious girlhood in working-class Queens, to her bemused years in an Ivy League Ph.D. program, from the whirl of falling in love and marrying (a fellow bookworm, of course), to the ordeal of adopting a baby overseas, always with a book at her side. Along the way, she reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life—from classic works of English literature to hard-boiled detective novels, and everything in between.

     
  • The cover of the book The Novel Cure

    The Novel Cure

    A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful—a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can—quite literally—change it. To create this literary apothecary, the authors trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote.