Friday, May 29, 2020


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. 


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 ( 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


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.


Right now.

Nearly 100,000 dead in the United States.

347,587 world wide  - (from )

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.


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.

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?


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


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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

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!

* * * * * 

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.


Cooking for Picasso: A Novel by Camille Aubray


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 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



PARIS BY THE BOOK by Liam Callanan

The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin


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


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 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


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 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


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


The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor


ELEGANCE by Kathleen Tessaro

Letter from Paris by Therésè

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

The French Escape by Suzie Tullett





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      


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) 


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


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 


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


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