For Book Lovers

I added this section for those who are avid readers like me and always on the look out for a good book. Immersing into another persons' world can be a refreshing break from focusing on your own, especially when the book has to do with Paris!

Here are a few wonderful reads which are in some way, or another, related to Paris.

They are listed in no particular order. Enjoy!

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The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

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Books and Novels

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

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The Rivals of Versailles

by Sally Christie

Book 2 of 3 in The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy series.

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The Sisters of Versailles

by Sally Christie

Book 1 of 3 in The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy series. 

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Mademoiselle Chanel

by C.W. Gortner

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Hemingway's Paris: A Writer's City in Words and Images

by Robert Wheeler

My admiration for this book is due to the passionate, effective and significant relationship between the author's writing and his images. He certainly gets it right: they belong together.

Robert's genuine respect and appreciation for Ernest Hemingway come through quite beautifully in his writing and black-and-white snapshots.  

In his book, Robert offers readers insight into Hemingway's life in Paris through a visit to his former writing studio and a few of his favourite cafés where he would come to pen some of his greatest works, through walks along the Quai des Grands-Augustins where Hemingway would find peace and inspiration, and through so much more. You will finish the book understanding the profound effect Paris had on Hemingway.   

Robert's book is available on April 7th. I do hope you will love it as much as I do. 

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The Man Who Outshone the Sun King

by Charles Drazin

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Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

by Jennifer Robson

Talk about a satisfying ending!! And, believe me, that comment is not a spoiler. :) 

 

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A Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

- ERNEST HEMINGWAY, to a friend, 1950

His remarkable memoir of Paris in the 1920's. I devoured every page.

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The Shadow Queen

by Sandra Gulland

It's so easy to fall in love with Sandra Gulland's characters.

I adore the main character in The Shadow Queen, Claude des Oeilletes. There is a beautiful innocence to her during the entire novel that really pulled at my heartstrings.

The court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV to XVI is one of my favourite settings. Needless to say, when a novel takes place during this time period I'm captivated.

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An Unexpected Guest

by Anne Korkeakivi

I must admit I picked up this book because of its beautiful cover. On it, a soft light illuminates from a window—inviting and warm, yet a little mysterious.

Clare is a British diplomat's wife in Paris. Her day begins with a last minute notice to arrange an important dinner party for 12. Then, she receives a call from her son, who has found himself in a bit of trouble at boarding school; she must keep this from her husband. Then, there are those sightings of a man from her secretive past. How will she keep it all together?

Though the bookcover is what initially drew me in, I can assure you that the content does not disappoint!

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Paris

by Edward Rutherfurd

I have to admit it was a little hard for me to get into this book; BUT, when I did I couldn't put it down.

The character building takes a little while and I am an impatient one. I want to get to the good stuff quickly. 

So, for those who are like me, be patient and you will also love this book. I enjoyed it very very much! 

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Paris-Chien: adventures of an ex-pat dog

by Jackie Clark Mancuso

Adorable and super cute, with the sweetest illustrations. 

I adore this children's book, and it only took me about five minutes to read!

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Paris versus New York

by Vahram Muratyan

A spectacular book of illustrations contrasting the two cities.

Which city do you prefer? Paris pour moi!

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A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Excellent! Loved it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Zelda's fascinating life. It is a must-read for sure!

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Paris From Above

by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

An incredible and fascinating perspective of paris.

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Paris Bon Appetit

by Pierre Rival

A beautiful book on bistros, restaurants, and shops.

I am looking forward to visiting many of his suggestions on my next trip to Paris. 

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The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

A fantastic read!

I already miss Marie and Antoinette. Why do good books have to end?

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The Age of Desire

by Jennie Fields

Here is another gem of a book that takes you into the life of famed author Edith Wharton.

Her disappointing, sexless marriage, and 'dolt' of a husband, pushes her into a bittersweet love affair that troubles her for years. 

Jennie Fields paints an intriguing picture of Edith's life in Paris. 

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Before Versailles

by Karleen Koen

I was so excited to dive into this book - and I am glad I did!

Karleen Koen makes it incredibly easy to envision a scene. Her words are beautiful and her storytelling is flawless. 

Here is another book about the love affair between Louis XIV and his favourite mistress, Louise de La Vallière. 

Oh to have a time machine! My first stop would be Versailles in 1661.

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Paris A Love Story

by Kati Marton

I read this book in five hours. I have never read a book in five hours! It grabbed me on the first page and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. 

Kati Marton writes with such passion. You feel her love and her loss in this incredibly beautiful story. 

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The Emperor of Paris

by CS Richardson

Brilliant!

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Paris: Portrait of a City

by Jean Claude Gautrand

"Weighing in at 10 pounds and 624 pages, Paris Portrait of a City is too heavy to cuddle up with on the couch. This latest tome in TASCHEN’s series of bigger-is-better photography books on great cities needs to spread out on a coffee table of its own. This book is a photographic study of more than 160 years of the city’s history through the eyes of Jean Claude Gautrand, a 79-year-old photographer and photo editor who is one of France’s most eminent experts on photography." - The New York Times.

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Mission to Paris

by Alan Furst

Espionage at its best!

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The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

by Benjamin Wallace

A wine lover's mystery! 

What a fantastic book. Had a friend not suggested it, I would never have picked up a book on vintage wines. It was very interesting and I especially loved the Thomas Jefferson connection.

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Sacré Bleu

by Christopher Moore

I enjoyed the insight into the everyday lives of these incredible artists. A witty, fun read!

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Remarkable Creatures

by Tracy Chevalier

Though this story did not take place in Paris, there is a connection!

Chevalier's novel takes place in the early 1800's.  It retells the fascinating true story of Mary Annings who lived in Lyme, a coastal town in England. She had an eye for finding fossils and spent her days searching the beaches and cliffs.  During one of her hunts she came across an unusual looking specimen.  Calling in the help of family and friends to dig the piece out, she found none less than the bones of a dinosaur - an incredible find!

Some of her fossils are now on display at the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris.

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The House I Loved

by Tatiana de Rosnay

Another captivating book by one of my favourite authors.

Set during the time of Baron Haussmann's modernization of Paris, the main character Rose has to deal with the loss of what she cherishes most - her beautiful home.

A touching story I will remember for years to come.

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Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

by Hal Vaughan

I read this book in less than two days. I just couldn't put it down! Though I have my opinion about its content, I won't say another word about it. You'll have to read it and form your own.  

An excellent read. 

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Paris Times Eight

by Deirdre Kelly

A wonderful and intriguing story about a woman and her beautiful love for Paris. 

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The Crimes of Paris

by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Interesting and informative.  I still cannot believe someone ran off with the Mona Lisa - fascinating! 

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Sepulchre

by Kate Mosse

A page turning murder mystery. 

The setting is in the Languedoc region and having visited made the plot all the more exciting.  I enjoyed this book very much!

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The Reinvention of Love

by Helen humphreys

A heartwrenching love story!

Stories like this make me appreciate my independence more than ever. I cannot imagine feeling trapped my entire life, such as Victor Hugo's wife Adele must have felt. 

I started the book on a Friday evening and was finished by Sunday morning.

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Parisians

by Graham Robb

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Madame Tussaud

by Michelle Moran

A fantastic book! Her story is sad yet fascinating. I loved every single solitary page. 

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13 rue Thérèse

by Elena Mauli Shapiro

A sweet story based on actual personal objects found in a box in an apartment in Paris.

The author, who grew up in Paris, found the box when she was a child and turned its contents into a unique, imaginative and beautiful book. 

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The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

I absolutely loved this book! 

A wonderful insight into the personal life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Elizabeth.

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The Vagabond

by Colette

 "That woman is made of steel!"

"No, that woman is simply made of woman."

An excellent book indeed.

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French Women Don't Get Fat

by Mireille Guiliano

A wonderful book full of common sense!

Btw, I lose weight every time I go to Paris.

I swear! You walk off everything you devour.

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The Sweet Life In Paris

by David Lebovitz

I admire his courage for making his dream come true. David is now living the sweet life in Paris, lucky man!

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Suite Française

by Irène Némirovsky

A heart breaking story about a family living in Paris during the Nazi occupation and having to deal with evacuation and separation. It makes one appreciate those little things that are constantly taken for granted.

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The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe and The Last Great Dance on Earth

by Sandra Gulland

My favorite trilogy! Her story is so wonderfully romantic yet tragic at the same time. Josephine was an incredibly strong woman who was constantly challenged personally and professionally during her entire lifetime. I enjoyed every page!

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My Life In France

by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

Love her! What a fantastic story of a natural passion that turned into something so great! She is a real icon.

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The Lady and the Unicorn

by Tracy Chevalier

Part fiction part truth, this book tells the exciting story of how the famous six tapestries came to be. Enchanting!

(You can view these phenomenal 500 year old pieces at the Musée du Moyen Age.)

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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

by Carolly Erickson

I fell in love with Marie Antoinette, though she was quite excessive, and just a wee bit spoiled. She captivated me regardless.

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Sarah's Key

by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key is one of the most moving novels I have ever read.  It is profoundly sad, yet incredibly good.

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Lunch In Paris

by Elizabeth Bard

A cute love story with recipes to boot!

I have already used her recipe for the delightful French pastry chouquettes. Which turned out quite successful I might add.

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French Kissing

by Catherine Sanderson

A fun light read. The author does a fantastic job of bringing the streets and neighbourhoods of Paris to life.

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Mistress of the Sun

by Sandra Gulland

Passion, scandal, romance! All the yummy ingredients for the perfect historical novel!

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The French Executioner

by C.C. Humphreys

Though the story doesn't actually take place in France, he was French! I couldn't resist adding this compelling story to my list.

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Guides to Paris

Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart

by Janelle McCulloch

A guide full of wonderful suggestions and information accompanied with stunning photos. 

I refer to it often. 

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Parisian Postcards: Snapshots of Life in Paris

by Dr. Loui Franke

Parisian Postcards is not your typical guidebook.

Dr. Franke doesn’t lead you to the popular tourist attractions but rather takes you to interesting, overlooked destinations such as the Square René Viviani to see the oldest tree in Paris or the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to view Louis XIV's exquisite globes.

She provides a wonderful collection of stories and alternative information that will no doubt inspire you to visit these marvelous places!

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City Walks - Paris

by Christina Henry De Tessan

Paris is the perfect walking city and this excellent collection of walks not only guides you but also provides interesting tidbits of history as you move along.

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Paris Pocket Map & Guide - Eyewitness

by Dorling Kindersley

This teeny tiny guide is a must! With little maps of Paris and the metro, this pocket sized, fits anywhere guide is definitely helpful. 

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City Walks - Architecture: Paris

by Michael Herman

City Walks Architecture consists of 25 walking tours highlighting both landmarks and lesser-known sites. Each tour card includes information, pictures and insightful notes on each location's history and significance. These walks will take you to places you didn't realize were there. I've completed almost all of them, my favorite being The Arcades.

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