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The Paris Bookseller
The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher
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One of SheReads Best Literary Historical Fiction Coming in 2022 One of Readers Digests Best Books for Women Written by Female Authors The dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world in this new novel from the author of The Girl in White Gloves. When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending library: Many of the prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. It's where some of the most important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forgednone more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce's controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Beach takes a massive risk and publishes it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company. But the success and notoriety of publishing the most infamous and influential book of the century comes with steep costs. The future of her beloved store itself is threatened when Ulysses' success brings other publishers to woo Joyce away. Her most cherished relationships are put to the test as Paris is plunged deeper into the Depression and many expatriate friends return to America. As she faces painful personal and financial crises, Sylviaa woman who has made it her mission to honor the life-changing impact of booksmust decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.
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ATB
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Not our traditional holiday but pleasant nonetheless.

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Pickpick

A book about books and authors and bookshops and Paris and a strong woman

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BookNAround
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Book club is Thursday and I‘m already starting the book. Maybe this month I‘ll have finished in time to discuss it as this is a good 2-3 days before I‘d normally start (and then not finish about 50% of the time). LOL!

Ruthiella Good luck!👍 4mo
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LeslieO
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So happy to be traveling to Paris thru the #Staycationintimeswap . Thank you so much @Jerdencon !! The book and tote combo are perfect. And you even found French treats! ❤️❤️

Thank you o @Chrissyreadit @DinoMom for hosting!

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 7mo
Jerdencon Loved how we both “went” to Paris! 7mo
LeslieO @Jerdencon I know! 😊❤️ 7mo
DinoMom Lovely 7mo
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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Twenty Nine! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

This wonderful book features the story of Sylvia Beach and the publication of Ulysses! And while I obviously loved reading about James Joyce and Ulysses, I also really loved how the author took a lot of time to craft a beautiful story about the love between Sylvia and Adrienne Monnier, which is an aspect of her life that I think gets overlooked often!

#pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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Ncostell
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This was an interesting read about the birth of the Shakespeare and Company Book Store in Paris and the role that its owner Sylvia Beach played in publishing James Joyce‘s Ulysses. While I still have no desire to attempt reading Ulysses again, the story of its initial publication in France during a time that it was banned in the US was compelling.

kspenmoll I want to read this now! Thx for the review! 8mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It was a good one, hope you enjoy it! 8mo
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Insightsintobooks
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robinb Just saw this. Have you read it yet? 8mo
Insightsintobooks @robinb I have not. 8mo
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marleed
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I‘m fascinated by the ex-pats inhabiting 1920-30s post WWI Paris. I‘m particularly intrigued by this Paris bookstore, and I‘m always down for books about the publishing industry. So this biographical fiction is an obvious pick for me. I knew little of James Joyce so that was a plus, as well. I do think it helps if one is interested in at least a couple of these things going in to this book. ↓

marleed Btw, background right is the book my soon and DIL gifted me on their trip to Paris. On the right is a pic they re-enacted for me since I insisted this was a must-see destination. …The cat is the bookmark included with purchase of a book. …One of my favorite gifts ever! 9mo
charl08 Nice photo, how sweet of them to do this 9mo
BiblioLitten That‘s so cool! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha great photo! 9mo
marleed @charl08 @BiblioLitten @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you. Anytime visitors come into my ‘reading room‘ i always show them this book and photo. …They also stopped in a French bookstore in Nice and finally were able to communicate a French copy of The Wizard of Oz. It‘s so cool! 9mo
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Kristin_Reads
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📖 5-5-22 || Historical | Literary | Inspiring
Kate Quinn has called this book “a love letter to books, bookstores, and book lovers everywhere” …and I wholeheartedly agree! Such a great read. Focusing on Sylvia Beach, this story explores how she started the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and was the first publisher of James Joyce‘s Ulysses. Fun cameos by writers like Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and others!

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Aims42
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A very interesting read about Sylvia Beach and her bookshop Shakespeare and Company. I‘ll admit I knew 0% about either subject prior to opening the book, but Kate Quinn‘s (one of my insta-buy authors) quote hooked me, “A love letter to books, bookstores, and book lovers everywhere”. I agree 100%!

BookBosomed1 I‘m reading this right now. Early days yet, but I like it so far. 11mo
Aims42 @BookBosomed1 I hope you continue to enjoy it! Can‘t wait to see your thoughts on it😃 (edited) 11mo
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Aims42
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And just like that, we‘re back to winter 🙄 I believe we are in the “second winter” phase of Chicagoland Winter. Next up is fake spring and back for one last taste of winter and then maybe we‘ll hit spring sometime in May 🤞🌷🐥☀️

Librariana Makes me think of a meme for Texas weather: "Winter is at 6 am, Spring starts at 10 am, Summer is at 2 pm, and Fall starts around 4:30ish. Dress accordingly." I just remember summer felt like it lasted 8 months! I'm much happier with the weather up'ere in the PNW, but I know we might have a 2nd winter ourselves! 11mo
Aims42 @Librariana That meme is hilarious!! It would sum up our weather in mid-October, that‘s when the weather is always a crapshoot 🤣 So glad you found a good weather location, hoping your second winter (if you get one) is quick and spring comes your way real soon!! 11mo
BookBosomed1 Same here in Wisconsin. I‘m so ready for Spring! 11mo
Aims42 @BookBosomed1 Ughhh, me too!! 11mo
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LindaLappin
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This tells once again the story of how Sylvia Beach founded Shakespeare & Company and of her friendship with Adrienne Monnier.

This is a picture upstairs at Sh& Co, ages ago, at a reading.
#SavvySettings 17 #Bookstore @TheSpineView @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheSpineView 👍 11mo
Eggs Love it❣️ 11mo
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tpixie
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Great book about Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare and Company, and the publishing of James Joyce‘s Ulysses. It‘s a great companion piece to read along with Ulysses. I‘m reading Ulysses along with Friends of Shakespeare and Company read Ulysses by James Joyce & some of my Litsy Book Club members
#SandCoUlysses #LitsyBookClub

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This was a fun read. Not a biography of Sylvia Beach but a beautifully told historical novel about the famous bookseller and her Paris bookshop.

squirrelbrain I like the sound of this one….! 12mo
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Branwen
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Getting a start on this one before heading into work! 💕📚💕

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Palimpsest
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I enjoyed this historical fiction novel about how Sylvia Beach came to open Shakespeare and Company. Its focus is on Beach‘s endeavor to publish James Joyce‘s Ulysses, (her own Odyssey), and the friendship/ tumult she had with Joyce. The book also features other famous authors that frequented her place and what an influence she and her shop had on everyone in Paris, as well as her longtime romance with Adrienne Monnier.

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BookishMarginalia
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Gifts from @WanderingBookaneer ❤️💜❤️

kspenmoll The Paris Bookseller!!! 12mo
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BookBosomed1
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📖: About to start the tagged book. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Look forward to seeing your review. 13mo
HiMyNames_Alyssa My weekend reading consists of a combination of House of Wolves, The Hazel Wood, and a witchy book I picked up at a local shop. :) 13mo
BookBosomed1 @HiMyNamesRysha That sounds great! 13mo
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Branwen
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HUZZAH!!! 🎉 The tagged book just arrived today and I couldn't be more excited! 💕📚💕 This is a historical fiction about Sylvia Beach, who was one of my favorite people ever! I love the story of her bookstore and I can't to jump in! I had to include my two other books about her as well, because it's hilarious to me that all three of them have both her and Joyce on the cover! 😂 I was lucky enough to visit her archive in Princeton a few years ago!

DivineDiana I know nothing about her, but I am anxious to learn! Stacked. 🙂 13mo
Branwen @DivineDiana Yay! I think you'll love reading about her! She was fantastic! Her bookstore in Paris was a meeting place for some of the best authors of the time AND she is responsible for publishing Ulysses by James Joyce! 😍 Such a fascinating life! 13mo
JamieArc The author of the tagged book is giving a free virtual talk through my local bookstore tonight at 7pm EST. If you look up Schuler books on Facebook, I‘m sure you can find the event. 13mo
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marleed When my son and DIL went to Paris, I told them to visit Shakespeare and Company. They did, and it was one of their favorite experiences. They purchased for me the book in your photo. Not only that, they stood outside the store to take their own version of the cover pic. Honestly one of my favorite gifts ever! 13mo
marleed If you scroll down a few posts on the tagged in my first post you can see my post of their pic! 13mo
Branwen @JamieArc OMG THANK YOU! 💕 I managed to catch this just in time! 😍 13mo
Branwen @marleed Okay, that is literally my new favorite picture on the internet right now! 😁 How cool was that?! I love that they managed the same exact pose as the book cover! BEST GIFT AND PICTURE COMBO EVER! ❤📖❤ I had a trip planned for Paris and then the pandemic happened so....it will probably be awhile yet before I get to visit the store in person - but I'm SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT! 13mo
marleed @Branwen Oh thank you- that‘s funny. I cried when they gifted me the book and pic. It was just such a wonderful thing to do. 13mo
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