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The Paris Library: the bestselling novel of courage and betrayal in Occupied Paris Hardcover – 9 February 2021

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  • Publisher : Two Roads; 1st edition (9 February 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1529335442
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1529335446
  • Dimensions : 14.2 x 4.2 x 22 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives. Enthralling, moving and based on little-known real events. ― Jill Mansell, author of MAYBE THIS TIME

A book about books, lovers and book lovers - what's not to love? A wonderful tale about a library that provides a beacon of hope in the darkness and despair of war. Heart-breaking and heart-lifting in turn and always enchanting.Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS

As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm , and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction.Tatiana de Rosnay, author of SARAH'S KEY

An irresistible combination of two of my favourite things: Paris and libraries. What's not to love?! Utterly charmingNatasha Lester, author of THE PARIS ORPHAN

A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. ― Fiona Davis, author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS

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A delightful chronicle of a woman's life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana . . .Charles's richly detailed plot incorporates historical figures from the American Library and highlights the perils of occupied Paris. Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girlPublishers' Weekly

Having lived in an apartment just above the current location of the American Library in Paris, I've always felt connected to the institution and wondered about its story, so I'm grateful to Janet Skeslien Charles for penning such a vivid, enjoyable, based-on-a-true-story tale. In The Paris Library, the beloved library, its staff, and its subscribers come to life and remind us of both the horrors of World War II and the vital role books play in keeping us afloat in difficult times. Well-researched, stirring, and rich with detail, The Paris Library is an ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both. ― Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

The Paris Library is a refreshing novel that celebrates libraries as cradles of community, especially when we need them the most. It shows how literature can be a means of escape, a catalyst for human connection, and a moral center in grim times. A thoroughly enjoyable read, kind-hearted and brimming with delightful bookish allusions.Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Intelligent and sensuously rich... A novel tailor-made for those who cherish books and libraries. ― Kirkus Reviews

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A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. - Fiona Davis, author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS

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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute book joy and triumph
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute book joy and triumph
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2021
Some books I like. Some books I admire. But occasionally a book comes along that I fall deeply in love with, a book that sings to my soul. The Paris Library is one of those rare stories that captured my heart and soul. A book for those for whom reading is as necessary as breathing.

Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris during WWII, with its cast of hero's and heroines who put their own lives at risk to ensure that everyone had access to this sacred place. When Jews were banned from entering, staff hand delivered books to them. They began a Soldier's Service that sent thousands of books to servicemen to raise morale.

Odile tells the story of The Paris Library, and a young girl Lily, who befriends her in her later years, fills in the unanswered questions. Their relationship is truly beautiful. There is such depth, and such heart in it that nobody could fail to be moved.

Odile's story is one of joy, of sadness, of regret. But throughout every moment, one thing has provided her escape and her comfort - reading. Words can change lives, and they show us that we are not alone.

Truly one of my all time favourite books and one that I will return to over and over again.
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