Archive for the 'Books on Paris' Category

A Silent Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway left an impression on Paris unlike any other writer working in the English language, to the point where his mark has almost become pollution. A vast number of guides and walking tours exist that claim to offer a glimpse into his city, an industry the man himself would no doubt have thoroughly disapproved […]

Get Over It

Bridges of Paris arrived about a week ago and I was very impressed. Not only is it a comprehensive photo book with over 350 photos featuring 37 bridges, it is also a rich and fascinating history lesson. One interesting tidbit is the Passerelle Debilly bridge built in 1900 was the setting for real-life tale of […]

Aussies Do Paris

“You can get ripped off, you can have your pockets picked, some places smell awful, some of the people are rude and arrogant, the whole place is busy, noisy and full of traffic and even some of the food is crap,” write Oleh Butchatsky and Graham Jones in the new book Paris Tragics. “But you […]

A New Anthology

We talk with author Vicki Lesage about the making of the just-released anthology: That’s Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light.   What brought you to Paris? Newly single and fresh out of a job, I figured—as the French say—why not? So I booked a flight to Paris, planning to stay for […]

A Museum’s Storied Past

How many visitors to the Musee Rodin know the details of the building’s strange, entangled history as a crucible for avant-garde art? Once known as the Hôtel Biron, by 1907 the eighteenth-century mansion had fallen into disrepair. For a brief time, the crumbling mansion became an artists’ haven. Low rent attracted the likes of Pablo […]

The Museum of Shopping

No one nails Paris like Adam Gopnik. He has written about the city for the New Yorker and in book form, and has edited (what I consider to be) the best anthology of writings about the city, too. This week he takes on the recent glut of luxury stores that, he believes, are helping to […]

Rabelais and the Rampart

The other day I was walking in the Marais, in the part down by the Seine, and as I cut up the rue des Jardins Saint-Paul, heading toward the big church of Saint Paul, I couldn’t help thinking about one of my favorite French literary heroes, François Rabelais, who lived on this street in the […]

Set in the City of Light

Recently awarded the 2014 Travel Book of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers, Deer HUnting in Paris follows a Korean-American preacher’s daughter from Paris, France to Paris, Maine where our liberal, long-standing vegetarian author falls in love with a conservative carnivore and learns to cook everything from moose liver to deer heart. […]

Kickstarting a Sexy Guide

Secrets of Paris blogger Heather Stimmler Hall launched a crowdfunding effort recently to finance the printing cost of the beautiful four-color second edition of her insider Paris guidebook, Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City. The book will be released in December. Intrigued by her use of crowdfunding – and a longtime fan […]

Happy 125th!

Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower. To commemorate the occasion, Jill Jonnes, author of the marvelously entertaining book about the building of the Eiffel Tower, Eiffel’s Tower, has written this post about her two favorite 19th century Eiffel Tower moments. All of elite Paris sent up a howl when […]

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