Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Paris Library

Odile. Janet Skeslien Charles takes the true story of the actions of the librarians of the American Library in Paris during World War II and uses her fine writing skills to present a novel titled, The Paris Library. Protagonist Odile Souchet was a young librarian at the American Library in Paris when the Nazis take Paris. Charles tells us what Odile did at that time, and also draws her in Montana in the 1980s where she lives next door to a young woman named Lily who loves language and books. Charles connects Odile and Lily as she lets readers see how relationships make us who we are, and our relationships with books and authors can also link us together. After I read this novel, I made a list of the libraries that have enriched my life, and each of the ten I selected contributed in significant ways to a life well lived. Everyone who reads this novel will think more about books, about libraries and about the power of relationships. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Paris Library from amazon.com.

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