I finished Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoy reading travel essay or travelogues, you can read about any place you want, escaping the cold Fall in the Midwest to visit a warmer, more exotic locale. In this case Paris, not necessarily warmer but definitely more exotic. While, Time Was Soft There isn’t a true travel essay, the author isn’t traveling to Paris for a vacation, but fleeing problems in his life, it is still a great read for anyone who enjoys that genre. Mercer feeling overwhelmed with problems in his life, runs away to Paris for escape, something we’ve all probably wished we could do. He ends up staying at Shakespeare & Company, a book store opened in 1951 by George Whitman which served as a refuge for such writers as Alan Ginsberg and Henry Miller. Time Was Soft There was a fast, easy read. While offering a fictional escape to Paris in the middle of a deary fall I also learned about a literary landmark. If you enjoy reading travel books I highly recommend this one.