In Nina George’s 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. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.
Leave it to the French to add an air of romance to Readers Advisory.
In honor of Perdu, Read It Forward has created “The Book Apothecary.” Users can log on to www.readitforward.com/book-apothecary and choose their condition (heartbreak, acute misanthropy, ennui). Three recommended books will appear to provide users with a literary prescription. Results will be shareable on social media using the hashtag #LitRx.