Saturday, December 4, 2021

My Paris Reading List - Updated 1/17/2022 - with more to come

Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite

UPDATED - 1/17/2022

(I am in the long and on-going process of updating the list with book covers and fiction author links in addition to adding new (and old) books as I hear about them.  I'm trying to do all this fairly often, so do check back from time to time.  In the meantime, enjoy the list and I hope you find books to enjoy!)

 My Paris Reading List is a list I started keeping a long, long time ago.

It began as a list of books about Paris that I'd read about or heard about from friends.

Books I wanted to read while I dreamed of Paris.

Wondering if I'd ever get there.

Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography

My "obsession" with Paris isn't anything new, it was one of those dreams I've had for as long as I can remember. 

It started when I had a Parisian pen pal in grammar school.  We corresponded for a couple of years, I think, and I often wonder whatever became of her. 

When I knew my dream really was finally coming true and a date was set to leave, I started looking for more and more "Paris Books."  

I discovered an amazing number of new novels, along with memoirs, guide books, architecture books, photo books, journals, etc etc etc

Being a lover of lists, I've continued adding to it.

And it grows.  

And it will continue to grow.

And grow

and grow . . . 

(my personal Paris library has grown a lot since I took this photo.  The American Library in Paris might need to add Meat Camp, NC as an official satellite branch. )

The list contains fiction and non-fiction. Classics and women's lit, romance and mysteries - it's a total hodge-podge, which is exactly what I read.  A little of this mixed with a little of that.

If you love Paris, been there or not been there, you're welcome to think of this list as a great place to start your Paris reading 😍  and discover more as you go along.  

Besides this list of mine, there are many (MANY) lists out there of "best" books set in Paris.  Have fun finding them and coming up with a list of your own.  

Do your research and find a hundred beezillion books to keep you happy until you finally get to The City of Lights.  But be prepared, 'cause once you go and return, you'll want more Paris books to keep you entertained and help you plan your next trip.  Once you're hooked on all things Paris - you're hooked forever.  

Have Fun!

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This Little Black Book of Paris (from Peter Pauper Press, but can also be found in many indy bookstores).  I love it, and it has come in very handy (besides just being plain ol' fun).

Our favorite map (so far) is Michelin's Paris Par Arrondissement.  Having a list of places to see by Arrondissement, along with this map works out wonderfully well.

Here's something lovely and fun to keep on your nightstand for those imaginary trips to Paris when we're unable to travel -


Cooking for Picasso: A Novel by Camille Aubray

One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot


The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

Love Letters from Montmartre by Nicolas Barreau

The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau

One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau

The Secret Paris Cinema Club by Nicolas Barreau

Paris is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans - (There are six Madeline books)

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard

The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry

Hotel Déjà Vu by Christine Betts

Set in Paris: Paris in a Day and Other Stories by Christine Betts

Aimée Leduc Series by Cara Black - (Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc Series in Order)

LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliet Blackwell

The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell


The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell

Off the Wild Coast of Brittany by Juliet Blackwell

The Paris Showroom by Juliet Blackwell

A FRENCH PIROUETTE by Jennifer Bohnet

The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan

The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden

The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen


Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

THE LIGHT OF PARIS by Eleanor Brown



PARIS BY THE BOOK by Liam Callanan

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin


The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

The Girl from Paris by Ella Carey

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry

Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino

A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke (and he has more)

THE RACE TO PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

 Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

The Dressmaker's Secret by Lorna Cook 

Love Among the Recipes by Carol M. Cram

An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham

The Paris Network by Siobhan Curham

The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana de Rosnay

A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan

The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

IT'S NOT LOVE, IT'S JUST PARIS by Patricia Engel

Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst

The Paris Girl by Natalie Meg Evans

The Secret Vow by Natalie Meg Evans

THE DRESS THIEF by Natalie Meg Evans

A Gown of Thornes by Natalie Meg Evans

The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans

The Queen of Paris A Novel of Coco Chanel by Pamela Binnings Ewen

PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks

Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury

The Art of Regret by Mary Fleming


A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable

I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

THE DESIGNER by Marius Gabriel

The Parisians by Marius Gabriel

Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico (three in the series)

Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz

The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris by Evie Gaughan

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

The Paris Hours by Alex George



The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

The Paris Children by Gloria Goldreich 

Paris Out of Hand by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

The Paris Secret by Lily Graham

The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Claris by Megan Hess  (More Claris books)

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

The Paris Writers Circle by Norma Hopcraft

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore

The Paramour's Daughter by Wendy Hornsby (this is the 7th in the Maggie MacGowan series, but the first in the series that focuses on Paris. More in the series from this book forward take place in France. For background, I recommend reading the previous books. It's not necessary, but it's one of my favorites series by one of my favorite authors).

Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

The Ambassadors by Henry James


Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

Le Divorce by Diane Johnson  -  along with - 
  • Le Mariage (Dutton, 2000)
  • L'Affaire (Dutton, 2003)

The Dressmaker of Paris by Georgia Kaufmann

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

An American in Paris Mystery Series by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

THE BONES OF PARIS by Laurie R. King

A Garden Wall in Provence by Carrie Jane Knowles

Crossings by Alex Landragin

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy

Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little

Verlaque & Bonnet mystery series by M. L. Longworth

APRIL IN PARIS, 1921 from the Kiki Button series by Tessa Lunney

The Last Collection - A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin

The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin

The Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher

Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog by Jackie Clark Mancuso

The French Gift by Kirsty Manning

The Missing Sister by Elle Marr

The Bennett Sisters Series by Lise McClendon

The Secret of the Chateau by Kathleen McGurl

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

Paris for One by JoJo Moyes

Left Bank by Kate Muir

Water Lily Dance by Michelle Muriel

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Paris Spring by James Naughtie

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky 

A Paris Affair by Mary Oldham

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer

The Lost Gargoyle of Paris by Gigi Pandian

Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

The Glass Thief by Gigi Pandian

Rooftop Soliloquy by Roman Payne

All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny ("The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light." I recommend, as does the author, starting this series by reading Book 1, Still Life.)

Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin

Hugo Marston Series by Mark Pryor (another favorite series by another favorite author).

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin

The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman

The Splendid Gift by Alyson Richman

Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

The Secret Language of Stones by M. J. Rose (2nd book in the Daughter of La Lune series).

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose (Book 4 in The Reincarnationist Series)

The Library of Light and Shadow by M. J. Rose (3rd book in the Daughter of La Lune series)

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose (1st book of the Daughter of La Lune Series)

Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert

The Age of Light: A Novel by Whitney Scharer


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed

FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan


The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor


ELEGANCE by Kathleen Tessaro

Letter from Paris by Therésè

Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

The French Escape by Suzie Tullett





The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells

A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland

All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig , Karen White

French for Girls by JP Wright

The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola

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Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography


Paris: A Curious Traveler's Guide by Eleanor Aldridge

My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home by Lisa Anselmo

Paris Peasant by Louis Aragon & Simon Watson Taylor

Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living by Robert Arbor

Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget

The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden by Alain Baraton

A Place in the World Called Paris edited by Steven Barclay

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

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Here's one I highly recommend!

Carousels of Paris by Kaye Wilkinson Barley and Don Barley


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Me. Photo taken by Don Barley

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The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau

Chic & Slim Toujours: Ageing Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women by Anne Barone

Ritz & Escoffier by Luke Barr

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter

Montparnasse by John Baxter

Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

Paris Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City of Light (City Cocktails) by Doni Belau

The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile-Alexandre Steinlein by Susan Bernardo, Illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Paris Sketchbook: Jason Brooks

A Paris All Your Own - Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light edited by Eleanor Brown - Contributing authors include Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Melissa Shapiro, Jennifer Coburn, Maggie Shipstead, Lauren Willig, Cathy Kelly, Rachel Hore, Meg Waite Clayton, Ellen Sussman, M. J. Rose, Susan Vreeland , Megan Crane, Michelle Gable, J. Courtney Sullivan, Julie Powell, Jennifer Scott, and Cara Black.

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris by Kathy Borrus and Jorg Brockmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody

The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury

Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light by Susan Cahill

Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain je ne sais quoi by Jamie Cat Callan

The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Michael Camille

City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris by Carolyn Campbell

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart

Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train by Ina Caro

Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris by Federico Castigliano

The Grand Louvre: From the Fortress to the Pyramid by Catherine Chaine

Hermes: Heavenly Days by Alice Charbin

My Life in France by Julia Child

Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set) by Julia Child

Hidden Paris: Discovering and Exploring Parisian Interiors by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

Samaritaine: Paris Pont Neuf by Harold Cobert

The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique by Nadine Coleno

A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Delphine Constantini

A Walk in Monet's Garden: Full Color Pop-Up With Guided Tour by Francesca Crespi

Permanent Parisians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of Paris by Judi Culbertson & Tom Randall

In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

Strapless by Deborah Davis

Life in a French Country House by Cordelia de Castellane

The Secret Gardens of Paris by Bruno de Laubadere and Alexandra D'Arnoux

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis

Old-Fashioned Corners of Paris by Christophe Destournelles

Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More by Christina Henry de Tessan

City Walks: Paris, Revise
d Edition: 50 Adventures on Foot City Walks by Christina Henry de Tessan

The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal

The Best of Doisneau: Paris by Robert Doisneau

Paris Pop-Up by Ehrhard Dominiq

A Table in Paris by John Donohue

A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light by David Downie

Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie and Allison Harris

A Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris by Marie Farman

The Little Book of Paris by Dominique Foufelle

All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women by Helena Frith-Powell

Secret Paris by Jacque Garnce & Maude Ratton

Eugene Atget: Paris by Jean Claude Gautrad

Paris Mansions and Apartments 1893 by Pierre Gelis-Didot

Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

The Maid and the Queen, The Secret History of Joan of Arc and Yolande of Aragon by Nancy Goldstone

Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology by Adam Gopnik

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik


City Trails - Paris by Helen Greathead

Paris by Julian Green

A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan

Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature by Viv Groskop

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano

Why French Women Wear Vintage: And other secrets of sustainable style by Alois Guinut

Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban and Cathy Rémy

Shakespeare and Company: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart edited by Krista Halverson

Dior in Bloom by Jérôme Hanover, Justine Picardie, Naomi A. Sachs, Alain Stella, and Nick Knight

Paris: Capital of Modernity by David Harvey

EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE by Olivia de Havilland

There's Only One Paris by April Lily Heise

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Tuileries Gardens, Yesterday and Today: A Walker's Guide by Emmanuelle Héran

Eating and Drinking in Paris: French Menu Translator and Restaurant Guide by Andy Herbach

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Renee Herrington

Monet's House at Giverny : A Pop-up Carousel by Bob Hersey

Paris: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Taste of France by Carol Hiker

Demystifying the French by Janet Hulstrand

La Vie en Rosé: A Very French Adventure Continues by Jamie Ivey

Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 by Jeffrey Jackson

Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance by Tish Jett

I. M. Pei: The Louvre Pyramid by Philip Jodidio

The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath & Lizzie Stewart

Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan

White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelby

Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City by Stephane Kirkland

A Day with Picasso by Billy Kluver

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

Karl Lagerfeld: Paris Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane

The Ceiling of the Paris Opera by Jacques Lassaigne

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Home in Paris by David Lebovitz

That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light edited by Vicki Lesage

Curiosities of Paris by Dominique Lesbros

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: The Official Guide by Les Plus Beaux Villages De France Assoc.

In a French Kitchen by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Man Ray's Montparnasse by Herbert R. Lottman

A PARIS YEAR by Janice MacLeod

PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod

Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah

A Writer's Paris: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul by Eric Maisel

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV by Philip Mansel

Pop-Up Paris (Lonely Planet Kids) by Andy Mansfield

BEMELMANS The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator by John Bemelmans Marciano

My Good Life in France, In pursuit of the Rural Dream by Janine Marsh

My Four Seasons in France by Janine Marsh

Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (and all those that followed!)

The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Widow Clicquot: The story of a champagne empire and the woman who ruled it by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

Paris: Panarama Pops by Sarah McMenemy


Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer

ROOFTOPS OF PARIS by Fabrice Moireau and Carl Norac

Timeless Paris: Ateliers Emporiums Savoir Faire by Marin Montagut

60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow

Quiet Corners of Paris Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens by Jean-Christophe Napias

History of France by John Julius Norwich

Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier

What French Women Know: About Love, Sex and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind by Debra Ollivier

Delicious Days in Paris by Jane Paech

Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French is Better than being French by Jordan Phillips

American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment by Donald Pizer

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay

FRANCE IS A FEAST: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child by Alex Prud'homme & Katie Pratt

Doorways of Paris by Rachel Puig

Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet by Ruth Reichl

Spectacular Paris - Rizzoli Classics

Paris in Love by Nichole Robertson

Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson

Literary Paris by Nichole Robertson

The Paris Journal by Nichole Robertson and Evan Robertson

Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix

French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French by Harriet Welty Rochefort

How to Read Paris: A Crash Course in Parisian Architecture by Chris Rogers

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross

May '68 and Its Afterlives by Kristin Ross

Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands

Paris by John Russell

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers by Pierre Sauvage (Author), Ambroise Tézenas (Photographer)

Do Not Go Gentle. Go to Paris.: Travels of an Uncertain Woman of a Certain Age by Gail Schilling

Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire by Annie Schneider

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

La Seduction: How The French Play The Game Of Life by Elaine Sciolino

The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott


Paris Chic by Alexandra Senes and Oliver Pilcher

Impressions of Paris: An Artists's Sketchbook by Cat Seto

Half an Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms

An Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms

Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser

The Paris Apartment by Claudia Strasser

Paris in 500 photos 500 Photos by Maurice Subervie

Paris: An Architectural History An Architectural History by Anthony Sutcliffe


A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse: A Cookbook by Mimi Thorisson

Living Well Is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins

The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta

The New Parisienne: The Women and Ideas Shaping Paris by Lindsey Tramuta

Almost French: Love and A New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill

Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir by Samantha Vérant

Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall

In Love With Paris by Anne-Katrine Weber

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber

PARIS IN STRIDE, AN INSIDER'S WALKING GUIDE by Jessie Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz

Atget: Postcards of a Lost Paris by Benjamin Weiss

Our Paris: Sketches from Memory by Edmund White

The Guide to the Architecture of Paris by Norval White

The Historic Restaurants of Paris: A Guide to Century-Old Cafes, Bistros, and Gourmet Food Shops by Ellen Williams

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Bonne Lecture!


Kathy Reel said...

Wow, Kaye! What a great list! You've done a lot of work that others can benefit from. I didn't used to care much about going to Paris, but you have me getting closer and closer to jumping on a plane.

Christine Betts said...

Wonderful list! and I love the photos of Paris!

Tori said...

I found this list while looking for recommended books to read while I spend the next two weeks in Paris. I just want to say that this is so thorough and interesting. I'm both overwhelmed and excited! You obviously put a ton of thought and time into this. Know that it is appreciated!

P.S. Seeing the obvious joy in your pictures makes me so happy and excited for my own trip. Thanks for posting!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Tori - You have made my day, Thank You!!!!
Now, please, let me hear about trip AND what you decided to read.
Have fun (how could you not?!) in Paris

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Elizabeth Thompson said...

What a wonderful list! Thank you for including my book, LOST IN PARIS! I'm honored. ~ Elizabeth Thompson