Les Livres prennent soin de nous

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This book is a true ode to reading: it repairs, heals, breathes life and energy into the reader; in short, it is a naturally indispensable pastime for our brains and bodies.  Illustrated with numerous examples and literary references, this short read introduces the topic of “bibliotherapy.”  After reading this one, I tend to think even books should even be funded by the government!


Les Livres prennent soin de nous (Books Take Care of Us) by Régine Detambel, Actes Sud, 2015

When he was a child, François-Xavier always kept a book in the pocket of his jeans. However, for the first decade of his working life, he put his love of books aside to embark on a successful career in human resources. At age 34, deciding that life was too short not enjoy every moment of it, François-Xavier quit his position, moved to Toulouse, and opened his own bookstore. Six years later, while L'Autre Rive was thriving in the Pink city, François-Xavier heard that the French Embassy was looking for someone to run a future bookshop, and he moved to New York in August of 2013. The fine selection of books on display at Albertine is a reflection of his hard work.
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