In my book travels I’m still reading through the city of light. After I finished listening to Elaine Sciolino narrate her own book, The Only Street in Paris, I returned to a different street in Paris. Kerri Maher tells the story of a well known book lover who opens her own book shop in Paris having no idea of the legend she’s going to create for readers and writers all over the world. Kerri tells the story about Sylvia Beach’s journey that lead to the opening of Shakespeare and Company.
The little book shop that still provides a home for to writers actively working on a their book for free. There might be a wait but the tradition still lives on. I’ve often heard of other famous writings mention this shop in Paris in their own writings and even glanced at the website to see how a writer can reserve a space to stay in the store but I didn’t know the story behind the woman who braved the world to make something of her own.
Hearing the story behind the American in Paris makes this pin on a map more than a stop. Learning about the life of Sylvia helps you understand why so many writers call her shop a second home. This unmarried female with love interests that weren’t widely accepted for it’s time dared herself and the world with one quiet dream in 1919.
Learning about the journey of Sylvia and the creation of Shakespeare and Company only makes you fall in love with one more building in Paris. If you’re looking to add something to your reading list, I would say that The Paris Bookseller takes you beyond the tourist perspective of a famous location. I would also say that I was able to picture the pages more clearly in this read.
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