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“Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”

A new memoir, a treasure: “Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart” is now available.

If you walked the quais of Paris, if you told the river your dreams, if you were lonely and grand, your heart swelling under the lowering skies of the City, if at dusk, you looked into the bordello windows of the great cafes in a city of lovers, all who are not you – this book is for you.

If you have always dreamed of being a writer, that state of always “becoming,” — not “being” as you once thought — this illustrated history of expatriate literary paradise is for you. 

And if sometimes during the twentieth or twenty-first century, you, young writer, managed to stumble into the warmth and generosity of that haven, Shakespeare and Company, to be invited (yelled at) by George Whitman, this book is for you!

You’ll love the photographs, the text– and most of all, revere the amazing dedication involved in putting this book together.

Imagine searching through the “archives” – the yellowed bits of newspaper, stained handwritten letters, little scribbles that George hid and could never find again, tired Madras hiding places, endless books to sort through.

Thank you to the dedicated researcher-authors: Krista Halverson, Sylvia Beach Whitman, and David Delannet.

Below is a full link to the book, and, right here, a link to the launch on 15 Sept, 2016 in Paris:

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