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10 books about Paris
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The Paris Library: A Novel by Janet Skeslien Charles
Category: World War II
This book was published this year by Atria Books and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
Instant New York Times bestseller USA TODAY and Washington Post bestseller #1 LibraryReads Pick Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Library Journal and Goodreads Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife. Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them. A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.
Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection by Janice MacLeod
Category: Love & Romance
This book was published this year by Andrews McMeel Publishing and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
Be transported to the banks of the Seine, a corner boulangerie, or beneath the Eiffel Tower with these beautifully illustrated vignettes of life in the City of Light. What began as a way to fund travel became ten years of a letter subscription service delivering thousands of painted letters to subscribers who delight in fun mail! Eat, Pray, Love meets Claude Monet in this epistolary ode to Paris. What started as a whim in a Latin Quarter café blossomed into Janice MacLeod's yearslong endeavor to document and celebrate life in Paris, sending monthly snippets of her paintings and writings to the mailboxes of ardent followers around the world. Now, Dear Paris collects the entirety of the Paris Letters project: 140 illustrated messages discussing everything from macarons to Montmartre. For readers familiar with the city, Dear Paris is a rendezvous with their own memories, like the first time they walked along the Champs-Élysées or the best pain au chocolat they've ever tasted. But it's about more than just a Paris frozen in nostalgia; the book paints the city as it is today, through elections, protests, and the World Cup--and through the people who call it home. Wistful, charming, surprising, and unfailingly optimistic, Dear Paris is a vicarious visit to one of the most iconic and beloved places in the world.
The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino
This book was published last year by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
Blending memoir, travelogue, and history, The Seine is a love letter to Paris and the river that determined its destiny. Master storyteller and longtime New York Times foreign correspondent Elaine Sciolino explores the Seine through its lively characters--a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer--and follows it from the remote plateaus of Burgundy, through Paris, and to the sea. The Seine is a vivid, enchanting portrait of the world's most irresistible river.
The Paris Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City (MONACO) by Monaco Books
This book was published 5 years ago by Monaco Books / Kunth Verlag and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
Shaped by emperors, architects and artists, Paris is a city of splendor, elegance, and romance; cosmopolitan and colorful, its streets pulse with life. This sumptuously illustrated book celebrates its glory on the Grands Boulevards and Champs Elysées, and captures its cultural heartbeat in the artists' quarter of Montmartre and the Quartier Latin on the Left Bank. To discover Paris is also to experience the finer things in life. The Paris Book dips into superb museums and galleries; visits opulent theatres, grand restaurants and bohemian cafés; browses the city's flea markets, bookshops and chic boutiques; and cruises along the Seine. As Hemingway said, Paris is "a moveable feast".
Paris in Color: (Coffee Table Books About Paris, Travel Books) by Nichole Robertson
Category: Equipment, Techniques & Reference
This book was published 9 years ago by Chronicle Books and takes approximately 4.3 hours to read.
A collection of photographs organized by color chronicles the everday objects and scenes that characterize Paris.
A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World by Janice MacLeod
This book was published 4 years ago by St. Martin's Griffin and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth. Combining personal observations and anecdotes with stories and facts about famous figures in Parisian history, this visual tale of discovery, through the eyes of an artist, is sure to delight, inspire, and charm.
Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay
Category: Domestic Life
This book was published last year by Berkley and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love--and herself--in this hilarious and heartfelt novel from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned. When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps--to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy--Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again. From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.
Paris (Photography) by Serge Ramelli
Category: Equipment, Techniques & Reference
This book was published 2 years ago by teNeues and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.
An atmospheric photography book capturing the city's poetic flair, tradition, and modernity Illuminates the city from sunrise to sunset, and throughout the seasons Uniquely beautiful and romantic moments from the Pont Neuf in freshly fallen snow to fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower
Poppy Takes Paris: A Little Girl's Adventures in the City of Light (Big City Adventures) by Allison Pataki
This book was published last year by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and takes approximately 1.6 hours to read.
In the City of Lights, where can you go to find the brightest light of them all? Find out in this spunky introduction to Paris shown through the eyes of a curious child. Paris is the City of Lights. Poppy should know—she lives there. Each morning, she wakes up to the sound of church bells ringing Ding! Dang! Dong! Each morning, she buys fresh flowers from Madame LesFleur, who has the most brilliant blooms in the city. Each morning, she eats delicious pastries from Monsier LePain’s bakery. But one morning, she wakes up with a burning question: what light shines the brightest in a city full of them? She and her dog Baguette are about to find out.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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