The Paris Library - Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris Library

By Janet Skeslien Charles

  • Release Date: 2021-02-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 732 Ratings


An instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller—based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris during World War II—The Paris Library is a moving and unforgettable “ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author).

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into the city, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

“A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship” (Booklist), The Paris Libraryshows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest places.


  • The Paris Library

    By Joanabake
    I loved this book. It combines my love for France with my love for reading, libraries of my youth and incredible true stories of real people during WW II.
  • Fascinating History

    By cathjar
    The American Library in Paris is as important as the characters in this true life drama.The amazing people who kept the library open during the occupation of Paris took my breath away.
  • Outstanding!

    By gypsyflutterby
    I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I love historical fiction and this book was well done. Skipping between two very separate worlds and then bringing them together so effortlessly was inspiring.
  • The Paris library

    By Nanna Rara
    Beautiful book, had no idea, thought it was just a made up story. Sooo glad I bought that book
  • Amazing!

    By Maverickio
    I loved this book from beginning to end. The characters are so nuanced and you can’t help but fall in love with Odile. This story is beautifully written and serves as a reminder to never forget the atrocities that occurred during the war.
  • ALP

    By Peter 14
    Wonderful story about friends, true friends.
  • The Paris Library

    By zoesampoochie
    Well written. Unforgettable characters.
  • Brillante!

    By Inny222
    My niece is a librarian and this book captured the love she and fellow librarians have for books and how they share that love with others.