The Literary Apothecary

The Little Paris Bookshop cover artI don't know about you, but I believe books are good medicine. They possess the power to move us through spectrums of emotions and speak to us in ways no medical professional or counselor can. I was introduced to my first "literary apothecary," Monsieur Perdu, when a co-worker recommended I read The Little Paris Bookshop.  Perdu owns a barge on the Seine from which he runs a bookstore. However, Perdu is no ordinary bookseller. Suffering from heartbreak after the disappearance of his one true love, Perdu believes the right book can cure anything, "A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." 

If you are looking for books to heal your soul, a broken heart, or whatever ails you, try KCLS's BookMatch for personalized suggestions. Or let The Read It Forward Book Apothecary prescribe the "perfect book to fit your mood." Check out these books I found to be good for one's heart and soul.

Love Anthony

April was Autism Awareness Month and I read Lisa Genova's book about a mother struggling to move on with her life after the death of her son with autism, Anthony. Simultaneously, the story of Beth, whose life is shattered after she discovers her husband has been having an affair, unfolds. As the two women struggle to find themselves and reconstruct their lives, their paths cross and Anthony's story emerges. This book is not so much about autism as it is about the meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness, and reminding us every life has a purpose.

You may recognize Lisa Genova as the author of Still Alice, the story of a renowned linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease played by Julianne Moore in the subsequent movie. I love Genova's books, not only because she is a skilled author, but a neuroscientist which gives her professional insight into her subjects. She deftly draws readers into the lives of those suffering from neurological conditions while weaving medical facts throughout her stories.

Inside the O'Briens

How does a family live after a father is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, and discovering his diagnosis ultimately means each child has a 50/50 chance of getting this fatal genetic disease? Join the O'Brien family and find out.

The Things We Keep

Only 38 years old, Anna Forster suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. When Anna's family places her in an assisted living facility, she decides life is not worth living until she meets Luke. Enter Eve Bennett, a recently widowed mother who becomes the cook at the facility, and a moving story of blossoming love, family healing, and newfound friendships unfolds.

The Wednesday Group

This book takes on a subject not often discussed - sexual addiction. However, when five very different women are chosen by Kathryn, a young psychologist, to start a group for wives of sex addicts, there is plenty to talk about as each of them shares their stories, and bonds form to bring about revelations and healing.

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