This book has been on my reading list for a long while. I was looking to buy it but never could find it in the book stores.
I guess I could have ordered it but there is something about buying a book in an actual book store that is satisfying to me.
Anyway...I decided to request it via Interlibrary Loan.
I'm very glad I did. Mercer didn't pull many punches in this book. Living the literary bohemian lifestyle was a dirty business. People were penniless, unwashed and very eccentric...but mostly it seemed real.
As much as I love a good hot shower and a clean bathroom...and as much as I fear germs and bedbugs, I sort of wanted to experience living in this strange bookstore in Paris. Who wouldn't?