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The Paris Library
The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife. Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbors mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them. A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we arefamily, friends, and favorite authorsThe Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.
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thecaffinatedreader
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A quote we should all live by every day. The world would be a kinder place for sure.

DrexEdit Beautiful quote! 💜 Welcome to Litsy! I hope you like it here. 👋 2d
tokorowilliamwallace Yep, can't go wrong with giving people space to show themselves more slowly than we're used to, or by seeing them with a little more understanding, knowing they are more than our social impressions of them. We should live by it when we gather and meet people.I hope you find community here, that you can come and talk, and find some reading challenges which suit you! Let me know where else you are and we can connect. 2d
Itchyfeetreader Interesting quote - welcome to Litsy 1d
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Graywacke Welcome to Litsy! 2d
BookDadGirlDad Welcome to Litsy!!! There are A LOT of great people on here to follow!!! @thearomaofbooks runs a challenge every month with the possibility of winning a book at the end of the year. It's the #bookspin / #bookspinbingo. Check it out!!! There are TONS of reading challenges and recommendations. Enjoy!!! 21h
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tpixie
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Such a lovely book! Loved the inclusion of the Dewey Decimal System.
Libraries, librarians, & books are so vital to our cultures!
🇫🇷📚 📚 📚 🇫🇷

EvieBee Didn‘t know that this book was based on history. I‘ll have to check it out! Lovely photo! 3w
tpixie @EvieBee yes, the Countess, Boris, Peter & Helen are real. I think there‘s probably more story in real life than what was done in the book but I did enjoy the book. 3w
tpixie @EvieBee oh! That‘s my map of Paris I‘ve had for several years fantasizing about traveling there! It has a nice sturdy plastic coating so it doesn‘t tear. 💚 (edited) 3w
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mabell Love your photo! 3w
tpixie @mabell thanks! 💚💛🧡 3w
peacegypsy A map of Paris with a BOOK about Paris - what a wonderful picture! ❤️ 2w
tpixie @peacegypsy it was fun using the map as a reference! 2w
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BethHagey
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Kshakal
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I loved this book and it was probably the best historical fiction book I have read in a while! Set in a library in Paris during world war 2 it is a great depiction of how books can get you through even the hardest of times!

DarkMina I loved it too! (edited) 3mo
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My #libbyapp loan of the #audiobook of #janetskesliencharles‘s #theparislibrary is sadly ending in a day or two, and I‘m unable to renew it this time around for whatever reason. I placed another hold on it of about 6 weeks, so I‘m not sure if I‘ll be able to finish this book in November, but we‘ll see!

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emmaturi
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I loved this book. Set mostly in Paris, it tells the story of how the American library in Paris managed to stay open and send out books to soldiers, POWs and people who is were essentially banned from visiting the library. It's also true and nice to learn this bit of WWII history. The characters are all so interesting, it makes me want to visit Paris again!

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 3mo
emmaturi Yes it's a great story! @squirrelbrain 3mo
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emmaturi
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Numbers floated round my head like stars.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Jody3
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This is an unforgettable story of how the power of literature brings us together. How friendship, family, forgiveness, the bond of books, and betrayal are all blended together in this really stellar novel. The author was asked what she wished a reader would take away from this novel and she said “books are bridges and they bring us together” and I couldn‘t agree more.

Suet624 Lovely review. 3mo
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LeslieO
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After carefully creating my #bookspinbingo list from all the books I want to read this month I immediately read two not on the list! Filling up those free spaces! Now I have to quickly read my #bookspin and #doublespin and then get to the mystery thriller titles for spooky season.

TheAromaofBooks LOL I know that feeling!!! 😂 4mo
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SailorJohn
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I enjoyed it greatly. WWII provides lots of venues for great stories

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MehoLovesReading
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Again I did not like it and wasn't able to finish it because of the 3rd pov, but it wasn't awful. I actually managed to get to 63 percent of this book so that's new

Ps: this was my April #bookspin and i have noticed that the list i had wasn't going well for me that's why I changed it completely this month lol also I changed my username. I was @seeking_serenity and now I'm @MehoLovesReading
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for updating me on your username & great progress!!! 5mo
MehoLovesReading @TheAromaofBooks and thank you for hosting #bookspin 5mo
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limada
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For an entirely spur of the moment purchase, this book was well worth the cost. I would have had no idea what I was missing, but it definitely would have been missed.

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BookNAround
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Ozzie is my reading buddy tonight. #catsoflitsy

Tamra 😍 5mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 5mo
LauraBrook Please give his beautiful head a smooch!! 5mo
tracey38 Aww, cutie! 5mo
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ErraticElle
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A mid-ranking WWII historical fiction read with somewhat slow pacing. The dual timeline & multiple POV format were likely missteps, as the WWII protagonist writing & perspective is far superior & more enjoyable to read. The topic was interesting, with great historical information & exploration of human nature with a lot of emotional moments. The writing does a good job at drawing an emotional response in these passages. A unique premise & OK read.

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melissajayne
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4⭐️ I was surprised at how much I liked the book and I think that it was based on actual facts and the mention of books on most pages. When I was reading the book, it was definitely a page turner for me. What brought it down a point was the more modern storyline and the twist that was revealed (figured it out just before it was revealed) #2021 #bookreview #bookstagram #fiction #historicalfiction #basedonatruestory #wwii

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Habeeba
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When books understand your feeling more than people, and this goes straight to my heart. 💯

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 205.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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CaitZ
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I started this on audio and had a hard time following the story. When I switched to print it became much easier to understand. I hadn't known of the American Library in Paris and this is an interesting introduction to it and its place in WWII history.
#TitleincludesLibrary for #Booked2021; #DoubleSpin for #BookSpinBingo in July; and book 2 of 3 for #20in4. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Cinfhen Wonderful choice ♥️ 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Cool! I also find that different versions connect with me in different ways. I often switch! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my list for this month... not sure if I'm going to get to it before August, though!!! 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds good. Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
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Kempfme
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This is a historical fiction story that takes place in Paris and Montana and in 1930s and 1980s respectively. In Paris Odile is a librarian of the American library, where she joins the resistance during WWII through books and finds herself betrayed. In Montana, Lily is a teenager befriending her elderly neighbor who shares her love of language. They both find themselves learning a secret that binds them together.

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Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 on my mt tbr❣️❣️ 7mo
DarkMina @Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you ladies enjoy it as much as I did! 7mo
acitygirlsthoughts Ooh, I read this earlier this year and immensely enjoyed it! 7mo
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MsMelissa
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#Unpopularopinion This book gets lots of love on Litsy, but I had too many issues with it for the novel to work well for me. I‘ve read much better books about the power/importance of books, and about civilian struggles during wartimes. This is a dual time narrative, and the secondary narrative offers little value to the main story. Finally, I never warmed up to the main character. Yup, I‘m a #partypooper ⭐️⭐️💫

#14books14weeks2021 Book 4 ✅

janeycanuck Have you read The Book of Lost Names? I enjoyed The Paris Library (though it was a bit slow for the first half) but loved The Book of Lost Names, I thought it was better executed but similar in feeling. 7mo
MsMelissa @janeycanuck I have not, but I do own it so I‘m glad to learn you liked it better than The Paris Library. 7mo
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MsMelissa
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Friday evening plans 📖

I‘m about halfway through this book and I don‘t love it. The themes are just too similar to those in other WWII fiction I‘ve read recently. I‘m also just tired in general. Work has been crazy since April, and I‘m putting in a lot of extra hours. My reading has suffered. I should get a break in August, but I also thought I‘d get one in July and that‘s not happening. I hate when life interferes with my reading plans🤷🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl The second half is much better. I thought is was a slow starter too. 🙂 7mo
Suet624 I hope you get time to slow down and read. 7mo
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl it never got better for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ You win some, you lose some, right? 7mo
MsMelissa @Suet624 Thank you. My plan is to do nothing but read tomorrow, but I‘ll have to put in some hours on Sunday - at least I‘m still working from home so I don‘t have to actually go anywhere to work! I‘ll get a break eventually, it‘s just hard to see the end when you‘re stuck in the middle. 7mo
LeahBergen Oh, yuck. Poor you! 7mo
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JacqMac
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The American Library was founded during WWl, so the English speaking soldiers had entertainment and news from home. It still exists today. This book is based on real people and events. It‘s set during WWll and the 1980s. In Paris and Montana. And it‘s really good. I loved it.

MsMelissa I‘m reading this one now 😊 7mo
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Rissreads
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Yeah, nah……
Between a so-so and a pan.

CarolynM I'm starting to think all books with this sort of cover and Paris in the title should be reviewed like that😆 7mo
MsMelissa Oh thank god I thought I was the only one who wasn‘t impressed with this book (I just finished). 7mo
Rissreads @MsMelissa you are not alone! ☺️ 7mo
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amsu311
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I thought this is going to be a boring one...But, the story turns out good... Based in certain real-life characters.

#GoodReads2021Challenge

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BookBosomed1
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This book centers on dual storylines: Odile, a librarian in WWII Paris and Lily, a teen in Reagan-era Montana. Both of their stories will intertwine through healing friendship. The real-life characters are the❤️of the story, risking their lives to offer hope through literature. While the ending was a bit of a disappointment, I recommend it. CW: Holocaust

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“Odile is in love with books as if they were walking , breathing bodies”.

tjwill Same. 7mo
SilversReviews Good read!! 7mo
ladym30 @tjwill 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
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This one oscillated between okay bits and really good bits. But it was engaging enough throughout to keep me interested, so I'm rounding up to a pick. I've got a horrid headache so I'm having trouble formulating too many thoughts right now!

#Booked2021 - Title includes Library
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

DivineDiana Feel better. I started this, and like it so far. 7mo
Cinfhen Sorry about the headache 🤕 still a wonderful review 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad it mostly worked for you! Hope the headache feels better today! 7mo
SilversReviews Good read!! 7mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 74
A fresh variation on the WWII historical fiction novel--about the role of books and the library during the war. A must read for all book lovers! It was easy to get lost in the story. Great characters, though dissatisfying growth in some, as well as a dissatisfying ending. 4.5 stars

Sangeetarelan I loved the book ❤️ 7mo
MelKelsey @Sangeetarelan thanks for commenting! 💜 how was The Little Paris Bookshop? 7mo
Sangeetarelan @MelKelsey i love historical fiction and I found this is to be a very well written book. 7mo
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DivineDiana
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Unfortunately, my Libby audio will expire today, and there are quite a few reserves waiting. Thank goodness, I have the actual book to pick up the story!

EvieBee Thank goodness! 7mo
rachelm That‘s when I always switch to listening at 2x speed 😅😂 7mo
DivineDiana @EvieBee Agree! 🙂 7mo
DivineDiana @rachelm I tried, but it sounded like chipmunks! 😂 7mo
rachelm 😂😂 7mo
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DarkMina
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗📚💗 7mo
Eggs Soft pink-this book is still on Mt TBR! 7mo
DivineDiana Reading this now! 7mo
DarkMina @Eggs @DivineDiana I really enjoyed it. Hope you both do as well. 7mo
DivineDiana @DarkMina Thank you! I am enjoying it! 7mo
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JacqMac
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Hubby and I got our second doses today. We celebrated with a trip to the bookstore. It‘s my favourite way to celebrate anything. We haven‘t been there in a really long time. I‘m looking forward to things becoming more normal for us soon.

Aims42 Love your glass!!! So cute 😍 Congrats on your second dose, bring on the normalcy 🙌🏻 8mo
Tamra Let there be light! 8mo
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DarkMina
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88 of 2021. #littenlisten #juneholidayreads 6/6
This is the story of a french woman named Odile that is told in two timelines. One when she was a young librarian in the American Library of Paris during WWII, the other in the 1980s in Montana where she becomes close with a girl in her neighborhood. The two timelines tie together quite nicely. I loved the friendships in this book. Specifically Odile and Lily. I loved this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Consider me fully absorbed though my mind seems to be racing back and forth between the stacks of a library in Paris and the water.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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This is my favorite “books about books”. It is a fictional story based on true events& true people within the American Library in Paris during WWII, & the lengths the librarians went to fight against injustice during the time when Paris was occupied by the Nazis. The various points of the main two characters was very interesting and written well enough that there was no confusion.⬇️

Emily92Bibliophile I fell in love with all the characters, especially the librarian staff of the ALP, and the small ways they defied the Nazis and continued to bring hope to the oppressed in their city.

This book reminded me of and would pair well with the book, “ When Books Went to War”, by Molly Manning.
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Panpan

This was just an "eh" book. It alternates between POVs between Odile in WW2 and Lily in 1983. Odile was a very naive girl who worked in the American Library during WW2. Lily is a very whiney girl who lives in Montana in the 80s. It's a pretty forgettable book. It was a 2.5 star read for me, but I seem to be in the minority on that.

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It feels like every time I decide I‘m done with WWII novels, I find one just different enough to peak my interest. I‘m really enjoying the audiobook of this one, based on the American library in Paris.

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On hold at the library

Cupcake12 I read this last year and loved it so much 😍📚 9mo
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janeycanuck
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This was a fresh take on the WWII historical novel, focused on The American Library in Paris. The quirky cast of characters at the library kept some lightness in an otherwise sad story. I found the writing to be particularly wonderful with a way of capturing the time periods and settings in a way that just brought everything to life.

mandarchy I need to read that. I spent a lot of time in that library while depressed 30 years ago. My memory though, is so faint. I can't remember much about the place, but I remember what I read. 9mo
janeycanuck @mandarchy oh, I‘m so sorry to hear you were struggling while there but that‘s amazing! You should definitely pick this up! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 9mo
TheBookHippie It was so good! 9mo
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Beautiful end papers!This novel had me researching & looking into libraries & what happened to them during WWII,something I never would have dreamed of if I had not read this book.Going back & forth with 1939 Paris & 1983 Montana timeline worked-we learned about Odile, librarian & resistance member, & Lily her lonely teenage neighbor in Montana.Their stories & interconnections slowly emerge through their interactions & mutual love of literature.

vlwelser 😍😍😍 9mo
BethM THis sounds great! 9mo
Cupcake12 I read this last year and loved it immensely. Such a beautifully written book x 9mo
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Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books.

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SaraHasClass
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This is a sweet story about the complexity of relationships & loving someone for who they are rather than who you want them to be. Odile is a librarian in occupied France during WWII. Dodging Nazis is a way of life & life is hard. Lily is 12, living in Montana in the early 80s & on the cusp of adolescence when she suffers loss & life is hard. Together Odile & Lily 's story will converge & they will each learn something from the other.

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Babydee2010
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How to start this review! All I can say is wow! This is very well written. I have read some WW2 books recently and have to say one of my tops! #bookspin #april

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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