Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The first presidential debate



If this was anyone's first experience watching a presidential "debate" they have seen the most egregious example of what a debate is supposed to be. 

And the most egregious example of "presidential." 

It was, at best, painful.

At worst - a shit show.

My feeling from this point is that additional debates between Biden and trump are pointless. 

Especially if future moderators are going to be bullied as Chris Wallace was tonight. Some of which could have been easily stopped by a simple flick of an on/off button on the microphones.  

Chris Wallace should have been prepared for trump's arrogance and childishness.

trump pitched one childish temper tantrum after another, and refused to follow rules he had agreed to prior to the debate.

Rules he had no intention of following if they didn't suit the moment.

Anyone who is interested in knowing if what was said tonight was truthful, I would encourage you to do some fact checking.

Check both men.

Check their statements for yourself and for the good of this country.

And in case anyone might have missed this - the president of THIS COUNTRY refused to condemn white supremacy.


Anyone celebrating a "win" for tonight? 

Anyone other than the KKK and The Proud Boys? 


Debates don't usually change a voter's mind, but I think tonight's unhinged performance by a man who is scared to death he might be in jail this time next year might be the exception.

Monday, September 28, 2020

One of our rare days out

We're still sticking pretty close to home, but there are occassional errands to be run.

Today was one of those days to get out and do them.

And it was a good one.

We dropped off our ballots (Vote! Vote! Vote!), 

enjoyed our mountain scenery - including a little bit of fall color, 

And fun to see one of our sweet neighbors driving his horse drawn carriage down our road.

I love our 'hood.

Being surrounded by so much beauty reminds us of what is good in our lives.  And we are thankful.

We picked up lunch (drive-thru), and picked up mail, and picked up our grocery order (curb side).

A wonderful mail day! 

Used books, new books, ARCs, bought books, gifted books, stickers and notes from friends.

AND a really really really nice check from Antiques on Howard (thank YOU to whoever is wearing a lot of pretty new-to-you jewelry!).  

And here's my reminder to you.  If you haven't already, please VOTE!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

One of the things I'm missing most


Bruce Springsteen has a new album  coming out in October.  

His 20th.  

And the E Street Band is joining him on this one.

Earlier this week he released the title track, Letter to You, and  the new song, Ghosts.

I especially love the Ghosts video with its clips from past shows.

While watching  I couldn't help but smile and remember being in that crowd at a few of his concerts.  

Bruce Springsteen knows how to do a concert!

What a talent.

What an entertainer.

Donald and I love live shows.

Going to concerts is one of the things we love best, and we have seen some of the greats.

Many of them, more than once.  Some more than twice ...

Our latest show would have been last week; a Brooks & Dunn reunion.

We both love Brooks & Dunn and have seen them a few times.  And were looking forward to seeing them again.

Due to COVID, the show has been postponed a year.  

I'm not sure we'll be ready, even in a year, for large crowd get-togethers (regardless of what the guy in The White House and his supporters think.  I think they're being stupid and damned reckless).


Missing them.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Dishes with a lesson

Speaking of dishes,

and collections.

A collection that will still be around our house for as long as I'm around is our collection of Torquay Motto Ware.  There's quite a lot and it's placed along shelves among the books.

"Torquay is the generic name given to 20 potteries centered around the popular seaside resort of the same name in South Devon, England, that made red earthenware with slip decoration in the form of a picture. Many also sported brief sayings on them, thus the name Motto Ware."

One particular piece makes me happy 

One piece which seems especially  timely right now makes me sad with its truth

Thursday, September 24, 2020

What to keep, what to sell . . .


When you spend your life collecting, sooner or later you're going to have to part with some things you've collected.

In our case, we're still getting rid of some things that had been boxed up and put in our storage building out back when we moved into this house in 1996.

Those things are still moving into our booth at Antiques on Howard, and sales continue to be good, despite the pandemic.  The store was closed for several weeks in March and April, but once they re-opened the tourists and famililes of Appalachian State University students were back and spending.  

I've only been in the store one time since March.

I went early in the day when they opened, masked, as was the owner.

I put out some new stock pretty quickly and left.

We mail our rent check and they mail us a check for sales along with a list of what sold.  The arrangement is a good one and it's always interesting to see what people bought.

When we were with Don's family over Christmas last year, they sent us home with boxes of stuff they no longer wanted; WONDERFUL stuff, including a lot of silver.  So, those boxes have been moved ahead of our own boxes.  

Now, we're certainly not entertaining like we once did.  But even back in those days of dinner parties, we weren't really "silver" people other than our flatwear which we do still use and still love.  It's not unusual for us to pull it out for pizza.

Our friend John gave us a place setting of our silver when we got married and said, "we use our good stuff every day.  You should too."

Well, we don't use it every day, but we use it pretty often.

I don't think newlyweds care a thing in the world about things like china and silver these days, do they?  Their gift registers seem to be more practical.

I like pretty things.

One of the things we've "over" collected is pretty dishes.

I've always loved setting a pretty table.

And while the dishes we have can attest to being well used and much appreciated, it might be time for some of them to find a new place to live.

We have fine china, every day china (is that still a "thing?"), nice dishes, expensive dishes, not so expensive dishes, inexpensive dishes, cheap dishes and bargain basement cheap dishes.  Old dishes.  Newer dishes.  Family dishes.  Pottery dishes.  Gifted dishes.  "Had to have" dishes.



I've been thinking about these dishes.

This morning I did some baking.

Blueberry muffins.

Decided I wanted my muffin on a pretty plate.

And from there I got silly.

WHICH pretty plate?

And decided right then I'd take some "muffin on a pretty plate" pictures and post them to see if it would help me decide which dishes I want to keep and which I might decide to pack up to take to Antiques on Howard to sell.

These are "some" of the dishes - - -

And I had my muffin on this pretty dish.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

My Paris Reading List

Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite

UPDATED -  1/31/2021
(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 GeneviĂšve 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!

* * * * * 

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

Hotel DĂ©jĂ  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 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 Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin


The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

The 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 MĂ©tro by  Christine FĂ©ret-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

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


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

Le Mariage by Diane Johnson 

L'Affaire by Diane Johnson 

Into a Paris Quartier 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

Verlaque & Bonnet mystery series by M. L. Longworth

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 SĂ»retĂ© 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 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 Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers 

The Age of Light: A Novel by Whitney Scharer


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed

FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan


The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor


ELEGANCE by Kathleen Tessaro

Letter from Paris by TherésÚ

Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

The French Escape by Suzie Tullett





The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by 
Samantha Verant

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland

We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells

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 GeneviĂšve 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

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

Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux

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

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

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Paris Sketchbook: Jason Brooks

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

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris by Kathy Borrus and Jorg Brockmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody 

The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury

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

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

The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Michael Camille

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

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

Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

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

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

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

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

In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

Strapless by Deborah Davis

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

FlĂąneuse: 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

Paris by Julian Green

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

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

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

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

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano

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

Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban and Cathy RĂ©my

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 HĂ©ran

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

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

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

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

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

My Four Seasons in France by Janine Marsh

Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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

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

Spectacular Paris - Rizzoli Classics

Paris in Love by Nichole Robertson

Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson

Literary Paris by Nichole Robertson

The Paris Journal by Nichole Robertson and Evan Robertson

Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix

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

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

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

May '68 and Its Afterlives by Kristin Ross

Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands

Paris by John Russell

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

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

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

Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire by Annie Schneider

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

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

The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino 


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


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

Living Well Is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins

The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta

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

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

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

Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir by Samantha VĂ©rant

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