Friday, May 29, 2020

Today.




Today is a day that I'm choosing to put my head in the sand. 

My heart breaks and my head explodes over the willful destruction of the tenets our country was built on. 

Blatant hatefulness in the form of bigotry and stupidity and all being instigated and fomented by the man who is supposed to be a leader. 

A man who is, instead, the leader of the division of our country - with the help of a corrupt government. 

A man who believes 102,000 people dead from a pandemic is "winning." 

An insane man of ignorance. 

A vile man filled with hatred. 

When the day starts off with that leader instigating violence with his own racism and his own ridiculous notions along party lines, who believes the only good democrat is a dead democrat, a day that begins with reporters arrested while doing their job within their constitutional rights, and while there are black men being murdered by policemen, and children living and dying in cages. 

I cannot face this day. 

I just can't. 

So. 

I'm retiring to my private little book fort with my coffee, a box of Pepperidge Farm cookies, a couple of beach read books and a list of movies (https://www.everydayparisian.com/every-day-parisian/movies-to-transport-you-to-france) that will transport me magically to Paris. 

Today my world belongs to me - just me. 

The only others allowed inside my world today are Annabelle and Don Barley. 

But they'll have to bring their own cookies.


Y'all take good care of yourselves.  





Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Musings


"Today is the day for remembering those who have given their lives to preserve our Nation in times of crisis. Remember those who died for people whom they could not know & would never get to meet, but because they were all Americans. Let us honor their ultimate sacrifice by making the small sacrifices that we can make for the sake of others, like wearing a face mask in public places and giving each other space. Let us do these things for people who we may not know, or ever meet, because we are all Americans, and we believe in something greater than ourselves." 
           - - -   Eric Rice


Today.

Right now.

We're living in a world wide pandemic.


Not one you're reading about in a book.


Not one that took place a long, long time ago.


Now.

Right now.


Nearly 100,000 dead in the United States.


347,587 world wide  - (from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ )


A pandemic.


And the smart things to do during a pandemic are:

1)  Stay home if you're able.

2)  Distancing.  Stay out of one another's personal space, and add some space to that. 

3)  Wear a mask when you go out.

4)  Show some respect.


And yet.


There are people who don't believe there's "really" a pandemic.  Who think all these deaths are "made up."  A "Democratic Hoax" (even though it's world-wide.  If the Democrats are smart enough to pull this off, how come we have a Republican in the White House?   never mind . . . )


And worse yet.

There are people gathering in huge numbers in restaurants, in swimming pools, on beaches, in "protests."  (Um, isn't a protest with people carrying guns actually "terrorism?"  Just my opinion . . . )


And EVEN worse - these ignorant people are spitting on the people who are choosing to wear masks.


SPITTING.






We are a country out of control.

and I am sad.


I'm also mad as hell.





People gave their lives for this country.  

I don't know this for a fact, but I'm betting a lot of them would be laughing their asses off at these sissies who refuse to wear a mask.





https://www.vox.com/2020/5/21/21266413/coronavirus-face-masks-trump-cdc-n95




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Reading, and cooking, and baking, oh my



I'm am not going to whine about my hair, and oh Sweet Jesus, I wish everyone would just get OVER their fucking hair.



I've picked up and discarded several novels lately, so I've been spending a lot of time reading my newest fun, non-fiction book.

"The Gargoyles of Notre Dame" by Michael Camille.

and I am loving it!


"Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century. The first comprehensive history of these world-famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame argues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth-century cathedral into a modern monument.

Michael Camille begins his long-awaited study by recounting architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s ambitious restoration of the structure from 1843 to 1864, when the gargoyles were designed, sculpted by the little-known Victor Pyanet, and installed. These gargoyles, Camille contends, were not mere avatars of the Middle Ages, but rather fresh creations—symbolizing an imagined past—whose modernity lay precisely in their nostalgia. He goes on to map the critical reception and many-layered afterlives of these chimeras, notably in the works of such artists and writers as Charles Méryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq. Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of high kitsch, Camille ultimately locates the gargoyles’ place in the twentieth-century imagination, exploring interpretations by everyone from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company.

Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred images of its monumental yet whimsical subjects, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame is a must-read for historians of art and architecture and anyone whose imagination has been sparked by the lovable monsters gazing out over Paris from one of the world’s most renowned vantage points."




And, being lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Billy Collins' newest book of poetry, Whale Days, I'm happily reading poetry while not frolicking with gargoyles.





"Billy Collins's thirteenth collection of poems gathers together over 50 new poems which showcase the deft mixing of the playful and the serious that has made him one of our country's most celebrated and widely read poets.

These are poems of whimsy and imaginative acrobatics, but they are grounded in the familiar, common things of everyday experience. Collins takes us for a walk with an impossibly ancient dog, discovers the proper way to eat a banana, meets an Irish spider, and invites us to his own funeral. Facing both the wonders of being alive and the thrill of mortality, these new poems can only solidify Collins's reputation as one of America's most durable and interesting poets."



And - I'm baking.

A favorite old stand-by  -  Blueberry Muffins.

Can't seem to get enough!  And I find comfort in baking.





I've pulled out some old cookbooks, including a couple bread baking books.  It may be time for me to get back to bread baking - it's been years since doing that.

I do know there are beezillions of recipes available on-line, but having an old cookbook in my lap is as much fun for me as a new novel.


And - I'm cooking.

Last night (with enough left over for this evening) it was Fettuccine Alfredo.

Donald chose to top his with some bacon.

I chose shrimp.

Both of us were happy little campers.








And in the meantime,  our old beat-up Scrabble board awaits us.



And all this is, in my ever so humble opinion. so much nicer than pitching a daily fit over sheltering at home.  

My hair's a wreck.  Who cares?

My nails are a wreck.  Who cares?

Truly.

WHO cares?

More than 90,000 people have died in the United States from this virus.

WHY on earth are people whining about their fucking hair?!


And that's all I have to say about that . . . 




Monday, May 18, 2020

Ithaka


When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy -
ports seen for the first time;
to stop at Phoenician trading centres,
and to buy good merchandise,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensuous perfumes of every kind,
sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;
to visit many Egyptian cities,
to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.

Have Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is what you are destined for.
But don't in the least hurry the journey.
Better it last for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.
Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She hasn't anything else to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn't deceived you.
So wise you have become, of such experience,
that already you'll have understood what these Ithakas mean.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Ramblings from a tired woman





Some days I'm fine.

Some days I'm not.

But I know one thing for certain - I'm tired of being strong.

Yesterday was a day we had to go into town to a) take the trash because we don't have trash pick-up where we live, b) pick up the mail from our post office box where they're being sweet enough to leave a key in our small box for a much larger box that will accommodate packages, c) pick up groceries curb-side (still no toilet paper).

And get a new phone to replace the phone I lost.

I'm not going to go into all the hassles involved in this transaction other than say it was a pain in the ass, took a very long time, and I was the only person in this place of business wearing a mask.

There were 3 employees and two other customers besides myself. I did, finally, before I left make a comment about how surprised I was that I was the only one there taking the fact that we were living during a pandemic very seriously.

While it's true, right now, that the small rural county we live in is relatively "safe," that is changing.

The young man helping me was very nice, but the whole procedure was still a pain in the ass.

And he wasn't wearing a mask.

And he said, "if my wife found out I was working without my mask, she would kill me."


So. We came home with groceries (when are we going to have toilet paper again?!), the mail included a book I ordered and have been wanting for awhile but was a wee bit reluctant to pay the price, and a new phone.

I don't even like phones.

I resist answering our phone at home - yes we still have a landline because we can't get cell service in our little mountain pocket, and using WiFi via satellite to make calls on our cell phones is a joke.

Anyway.

I have a new phone.

Immediately after finishing this pain in the ass transaction, I dropped it into a bag and I haven't looked at it since.

I'm going to consider, seriously, if I really need a cell phone.

For one thing, losing it has caused me a lot of stress.

Losing it, along with a favorite bracelet I had and wore almost daily for over 50 years has, truly, caused me a great deal of anxiety.

Not the loss of the "things" as much as the fact that I lost them.

I'm not a person who loses things.

Like I said - the bracelet was with me for over 50 years. And yes, I loved it probably more than I should have.

And now it's gone.

And I miss it.

The phone? Pfftt. I do not care one whit about a phone.

But the fact that I lost it? I care about that.

And so here's the thing.

My memory is not what it was.

And I have no choice but to face that fact.

Memory loss is part of the aging process.

As is the loss of flexibility and balance.

At age 71, I think I finally have to admit that I am no longer a spring chicken.

My hair is gray, I have wrinkles, I'm carrying more pounds than I once did, and I can't hear thunder.

No longer a spring chicken.

<sigh>


And if you've lost a parent who suffered from dementia, forgetting things and losing things becomes a little scarier.

However.

Surprisingly.


None of that bothers me as much as it might. Aging isn't one of the things that causes me the most worry.

Aging, is, after all, a natural process.

Normal.


What bothers me MUCH more and what really and truly makes me exhausted is the world as it is today.

Pandemic. Who thought the world would close due to a pandemic?

That's the things of novels, isn't it?

A thing of the far past.

ha.

No, it's a truth.

And having leaders who don't believe in science, but surely do believe in money, is making it worse.


People are protesting wearing masks and refusing to stay at home. I'm sorry, but this is nothing less than stupidity. And pure meanness. Evil.

Those "protestors" with guns?! What the hell is THAT? Those people are terrorists, not protestors. Call them what they are.

And all the mean stupidity trickles down from the top.

The clown in the white house - another thing that exhausts me. The man is not normal.


All that said, today I'm not going to give two thoughts to being strong.

Or to much of anything else.

I'm going to read my new book "The Gargoyles of Notre Dame" by Michael Camille



And tonight I'm going to watch Michelle and Barack Obama as they give the Class of 2020 Commencement Address.

Lord, I do miss the Obamas, their intelligence, their grace, their honesty and their humor.

I miss a lot of things.

Besides my mind, and the Obamas, I mostly miss my pretty bracelet.




Y'all. Seriously? Mostly I'm fine. I'm just rambling about my feelings and observations. I don't want or expect a lot of sympathetic notes. We're all feeling the pressures of our times. We're all handling it. Some days better than others. Times are strange. Normal is different. Not being able to find toilet paper is a very odd "normal."

Hang in there.

Take care of yourselves.

And join me in watching Barack and Michelle Obama this evening. They'll have words of wisdom and words of comfort and it will drive the clown in the white house nuts.


xxoo



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

My Paris Reading List



Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite




UPDATED -  8/2/2020
(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  https://tinyurl.com/y2of7rtp







As I read one of those books I would give it a little check mark and move on.


When I realized I was picking up books to read that I had already read, the list became a little more organized, and a little more serious.




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. 

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 . . . 




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 for you to start your Paris reading 😍  and discover more as your 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



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


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


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

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 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)

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 


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


P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy


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 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


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


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. )  



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 Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards


The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson


One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson


Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix


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


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

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




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 our very own 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



The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Michael Camille





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


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 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



Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)  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

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




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


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


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


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

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 Kindle Edition 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


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