The Paris Library
Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at ...more
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The novel is set during dual timelines, one in the past in 1939 through 1944 and the other in the more current time of 1983-1989.
The first timeline is set in Paris around 1939,as we follow Odelie through the years. She first starting work at the American Library in Paris and then continued through the years of Nazi occupation in Paris. This was definitely the most int ...more
Set in two different time periods, The Paris Library is a well-written and engaging read. The book follows the experiences of Odile, a librarian and Lily, a high school student.
To start with much of the book is about the importance of books, the power of literature, the value of libraries and, above-all, the wonderful profession of being a Librarian. This itself is a good enough reason for all book lovers to read this book.
The book opens with Odile Souchet applying for a job at the American Library in Paris. It is February, 1939. She is hired for the job of her dreams. She loves b ...more
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We follow Odile Souchet as she applies to be a librarian in an English-speaking library in Paris, 1939.
I loved Paris, a city with secrets. Like book covers, some leather, some cloth, each Parisian door led to an unexpected world.
She quickly falls in love with a police officer beau, finds a new friend among the library's patrons and thrives on the challenge, and is finding ...more
Taking us once again to Paris during the war, we meet a cast of characters who knew and espoused the idea that books are the answer to the ills of people who suffer. The American Library of Paris, like so many things was gravely affected during the wars. From books being banned, to ...more
Charles makes you feel a part of the library, taking me back to the days of the Dewey decimal system, citing lots of classic books. All of us who love books will recognize the comfort a library brings. I loved how Charles uses quotes from classic stories to bring h ...more
Montana, 1983. Lily, a lonely teenager, is working on a school project, a report on France. She goes ...more
Paris, 1939: Odile Souchet is a girl obsessed with both the Dewey Decimal System and her boyfriend Paul and has just been employed as a librarian at the American Library in Paris. With the shadow of another war looming, she and her parents are worried about her twin brother Remy and of course he joins the French army. The German army easily overcome the Maginot Line, they march into Paris and the ...more
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A story told in two separate timeframes – 1939 and 1983, and in two very different places – Paris, France and Froid, Montana, from the perspectives of two different women – Odile Souchet whose story spans the two timeframes, and her young neighbor Lily, who is at the age where bodies are beginning to change and the interest in boys and girls are front and center of many of her classmates. While her friends are busy with boys, Lily feels excluded and befriends her neighbor, eventually taking Fren ...more
I really don't want to discourage anyone to read it. Odile, the main character, is a book lover and it was very interesting to read about the Dewey system. The storyline in the present seems to have broken the magic of the wonderful first chapter...
Thanks so much to the author, Netgalley and Atria books for the ARC.
Publication date : 09 Feb 2021 ...more
In 1939 Paris, the future looks bright for Odile Souchet. She has just been hired by the American Library in Paris and is now part of an exciting world of book lovers including librarians, writers, diplomats and intellectuals. But as the Nazis invade Paris, the world around her drastically changes. Not only are people being persecuted but there is a threat to her beloved libra ...more
The Director of the library is a brilliant American woman named Miss Reeder who says she believes in the power of books and in the library to make knowledge available to all. As war closes in on their city and the Ge ...more
Paris, 1939: Odile Souchet is a girl obsessed with both the Dewey Decimal System and her boyfriend Paul and has just been employed as a librarian at the American Library in Paris. With the shadow of another war looming, she and her parents are worried about her twin brother Remy and of course he joins the French army. The Nazis easily overcome the Maginot Line, they march into Paris and the Parisi ...more
Based on real actual events and people, the author did an amazing job with her research. I fell so far into the story I'm not sure I can pick up another book for a few days. I literally feel like I was taken back in time t ...more
Odile Souchet has her dream job as a librarian at the American Library in Paris. She is in love with a young police officer, has many friends at the library, and a family who loves her. When the Nazis march on ...more
Paris, Books, WWII resistance, this book has all the elements I love! Hits all the notes for me. Dual timeline, where of course the historical story is the center of the tale.
This is a book for readers who understand books and libraries and the appeal of the people who frequent these places for refuge, learning, an ...more
If I were not reviewing this, I would have thrown it at the wall. However, as it was on my kindle (which I obviously did not want t ...more
This beautifully written story alternates between the lives of two main characters. Odile Souchet worked as a librarian at the American Library in Paris during World War II. After the war, Odile moved to ...more
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is a captivating read about friendship, family, loss and extreme courage. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel outrage but mostly you will feel one with the characters.
Charles has crafted this novel in parallel stories: one story in Paris during WWII and the second in Montana in the eighties. From the beautiful cover to the well developed characters and vivid descriptions, the reader will travel back and experience and appreciate all the heartbr ...more
This ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. My favorite parts of this were overshadowed by the things I didn’t like.
I loved the story centering around books and the role librarians of the American Library in Paris played in fighting to make sure all people had access to them during the Natzi occupation. Books and libraries are a lifeline that should always be accessible especia ...more
Together these two unlikely friends help each other as both d ...more
Expected pub date: Feb. 2. 2021
It’s 1939 and Paris is on the brink of way. Odile Souchet lands her dream job at the American Library, and spends the days among its patrons and her true loves; books. However, things change quickly when her twin brother, Remy, joins the war effort and soon, the library itself is under attack as the Nazis frequently raid the library, ...more
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