Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself. This international best seller is a love letter to books, filled with warmth and adventure and sumptuous descriptions of food and literature. Rich in allusions this beautiful and enchanting book will get you thinking and make you happy. After all, who can resist floating on a barge through France surrounded by books, wine, love, and great conversation? There are recipes in the back of the book, as well as a section titled "Jean Perdu's Emergency Literary Pharmacy: From Adams to Von Arnim," that is really wonderful. A completely delightful read.