Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation by Noel Riley Fitch
It was 1993, and I was working at Capitol Hill Books in Denver. The cool thing about a second-hand bookshop is that any random book can come in and change your life. One day, this book came in. I was in my twenties, clueless about what to do with my life and yearning for adventure.
This biography of Sylvia Beach enthralled me. I decided I would be just like her, living in Paris, running a bookshop and loving life with the literati.
Well, that didn’t happen, but she inspired me to write a novel, Chasing Sylvia Beach. Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation is a great read about a great American heroine.