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Friday, July 5, 2019

My Paris Reading List


UPDATED - 8/3/2019






This list keeps growing, there's no way every single book about Paris will ever be included.



Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite


For that reason, here are a few suggestions for your further reading pleasure, 

a list of mysteries set in France can be found at the wonderful Stop, You're Killing Me webpage http://stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/Europe/France.html




Wikipedia has an entire list of novels set in Paris - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Novels_set_in_Paris






Here's a BEST OF list from The Guardian   - https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/may/19/top-10-books-on-paris







Another list (fiction and non-fiction) set in or relating to Paris can be found here
-   https://www.abebooks.com/books/features/paris-books.shtml






Buzzfeed has a list of 40 books they believe will make you want to visit France  -  https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/40-books-that-will-make-you-want-to-visit-france



I have always been fascinated by the Paris of the 1920's.  Here's a list for you if that's something that interests you also - https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/10-books-that-capture-paris-in-the-1920s/






You get the idea.  








There are many (MANY) lists out there of "best" books set in Paris.  Have fun finding them and coming up with 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.  Once you're hooked on all things Paris (especially books) - you're hooked.  




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




In the meantime - 

Have Fun!



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The following started out as a list of books I would read over the years while dreaming of a trip to Paris.  It was started a very long time ago.

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


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 newer novels, along with memoirs, guide books, architecture books, photo journals, etc etc etc

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

And it will grow.

And grow

and grow . . . 


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.




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




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).








prendre plaisir





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:

THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery


The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau


One Evening in Paris 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


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


A FRENCH PIROUETTE by Jennifer Bohnet


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


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


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


The French Girl by Lexie Elliott


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


THE DRESS THIEF by Natalie Meg Evans


A Gown of Thornes by Natalie Meg Evans


The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans


PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks

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 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


Paris by Julian Green


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 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway


Claris by Megan Hess


Claris' Fashion Show Fiasco by Megan Hess

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 focusing on Paris. 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).


Disturbing the Dark by Wendy Hornsby (the 10th in the Maggie MacGowan series - and she's back in France)


Number 7, Rue Jacob by Wendy Hornsby (the 11th in the Maggie MacGowan series)



A Bouquet of Rue by Wendy Hornsby (the 12th in the Maggie MacGowan series)


THE NIGHTINGALE BY Kristin Hannah


Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris


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 


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


The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine


P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy


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 Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine


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



The Paris Wife by Paula McLain


Dragonfly by Leila Meacham



Paris for One by JoJo Moyes


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


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



Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider



The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson


One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson


Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix


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 PERFUME COLLECTOR by Kathleen Tessaro

ELEGANCE by Kathleen Tessaro


Letter from Paris by Therésè


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


We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson


Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland

French for Girls by JP Wright


The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola


The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola






Non-Fiction:


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


The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau


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


Montparnasse by John Baxter


Paris Brassai


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



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 our very own Cara Black. Edited by Eleanor Brown.


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


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


F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody


Paris Sketchbook by Jason Brooks



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



Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson


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


My Life in France by Julia Child


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



In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide


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


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


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


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


EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE by Olivia de Havilland


A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


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


Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Renee Herrington


Paris: Through a Fashion by Megan Hess


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


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


The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath & Lizzie Stewart


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


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



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


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


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 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

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

Paris by John Russell


Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire by Annie Schneider



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



LE PARISIENNES by Anne Sebba


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


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


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


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











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







2 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!