Beyond The Little Paris Bookshop: More Books and Baked Goods for the Brokenhearted

Shelf RenewalWhile the sane ultimately concede that there’s no such thing as perfect, we all indulge in the occasional fantasy about the store clerk, librarian, or bartender who will look deep in our eyes and say, “Ah, yes. I know exactly who you are and what you need. Sit while I fetch the enchanted item that will complete you.” And so, we find ourselves embracing books about bakers and booksellers who dispense novels and nourishment that open minds, fill stomachs, and change lives. In Nina George’s surprise New York Times bestseller, The Little Paris Bookshop, the main character, Monsieur Perdu, goes so far as to call himself a literary apothecary. Readers hungry for matchmaking of page or plate will devour these magical morsels.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina GeorgeBachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, by Bill Richardson

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris

Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen

The Glass Kitchen, by Linda Francis Lee

Like Water for Chocolateby Laura Esquival

The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, by Lewis Buzbee



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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