Weighing in at a half-pound, the new Insight Guides: Explore Paris is the welterweight champion of mini-guides to Paris. The format is a series of walks through all the city’s major neighborhoods. Its writing is sharper than you find in a Fodor’s guide and devoid of the clichés that mar the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. What’s modern about this title is less focus on where to stay and eat (you’ll sort that via Internet anyway) and more on spots to make sure to see while strolling. Photos, which run along the top of almost every page, are high quality, as is the printing. This should not be used as a comprehensive guide for the academic. Rather, it is best suited for people with little time wanting to get the most out of their visit. That said, it would be handy for a resident, too; I learned about plenty of spots that I have been overlooking in my own neighborhood.