Wednesday, September 23, 2020

My Paris Reading List




Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite




UPDATED -  11/24/2020
(updated fairly often, so do check back)


 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.



Fiction:


Cooking for Picasso: A Novel by Camille Aubray




THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery 


The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery





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





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



LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliet Blackwell





The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell


THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE by Juliet Blackwell 


The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell


A FRENCH PIROUETTE by Jennifer Bohnet



The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan





The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen





Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury


The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown


THE LIGHT OF PARIS by Eleanor Brown 





THE PARIS EFFECT by K. S. R. Burns


PARIS EVER AFTER by K. S. R. Burns


PARIS BY THE BOOK by Liam Callanan




The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin


PARIS TIME CAPSULE by Ella Carey





The House by the Lake by Ella Carey


From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey


The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Haunting Paris by  Mamta Chaudhry





Paris, Rue des Martyrs, Adria J. Cimino


A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke


In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke


THE RACE TO PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton





The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan






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


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




MISSION TO PARIS by Alan Furst


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. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico


Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz





The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris by Evie Gaughan


The Paris Hours by Alex George


THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George





THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO by Nina George


The Bridal Chair 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 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway



Claris by Megan Hess




Claris' Fashion Show Fiasco by Megan Hess

Claris Bonjour Riviera by Megan Hess 

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman





The Paris Writers Circle by Norma Hopcraftt


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


THE PARIS DIRECTIVE by Gerald Jay


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


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly


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


P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy

Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim 




The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little

APRIL IN PARIS, 1921 by Tessa Lunney


French Short Stories 1 / Nouvelles Francaises 1: Parallel Text (Penguin Parallel Text) (French and English Edition) edited by Pamela Lyon


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


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




The Missing Sister by Elle Marr 

The Bennett sisters Series  by Lise McClendon


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



Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson


The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer


Down and Out in Paris by George Orwell 



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 LITTLE BOOKSHOP ON THE SEINE by Rebecca Raisin


The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin


The Velvet Hours 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


The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose


Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd


Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Age of Light: A Novel by Whitney Scharer





MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS by Lisa Schroeder


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Seltzer


The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro


THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro


PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed


FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman


The Paris Secret by Karen Swann


PARIS ADRIFT by E. J. Swift




The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor


THE PERFUME COLLECTOR by Kathleen Tessaro

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 FRENCH FOR LOVE by Fiona Valpy


THE FRENCH FOR ALWAYS by Fiona Valpy


THE FRENCH FOR CHRISTMAS by Fiona Valpy



THE BEEKEEPER'S PROMISE by Fiona Valpy 


The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland




We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson


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





Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography  https://tinyurl.com/y2of7rtp      





Non-Fiction:


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


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 by Steven Barclay





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




Here's one I highly recommend!


Carousels of Paris by Kaye Wilkinson Barley and Don Barley


Carousels of Paris




Me.  Photo taken by Don Barley



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



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






Paris Brassai


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. 





Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach


The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux


My Paris Dream by Kate Betts


Five Hundred Buildings of Paris by Kathy Borrus and Jorg Brockmann




F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody 


Paris Sketchbook by Jason Brooks


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





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 


My Life in France by Julia Child



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



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


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, Revised 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 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



UN, Deux, Trois: First French Poems Selected by Opal Dunn


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





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


The Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (much of the story, although not all, is set in Paris) 


DON'T BE A TOURIST IN PARIS by Vanessa Grall


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 


French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano


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


  

Paris: Capital of Modernity by David Harvey


EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE by Olivia de Havilland


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 by Megan Hess


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


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


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




The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath & Lizzie Stewart




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





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





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


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


Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle


Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France by Peter Mayle


Provence by Peter Mayle


Provence from the Air by Peter Mayle


Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle


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





BOOKS, BAGUETTES AND BEDBUGS by Jeremy Mercer


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

ROOFTOPS OF PARIS by Fabrice Moireau and Carl Norac


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





History of France by John Julius Norwich

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


Paris: Beautiful Designs on the Street Cornery by PIE Books


American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment by Donald Pizer


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


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





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






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 



LE PARISIENNES by Anne Sebba


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


Bernie's Paris: Travel Stories with Love 
by Linda Spalla

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





PARIS, MY SWEET: A YEAR IN THE CITY OF LIGHT (AND DARK CHOCOLATE) by Amy Thomas





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


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



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


40 Romantic Restaurants by Chuck Porter


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















5 comments:

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

Unknown said...

Wonderful