Bard, Elizabeth

In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again. Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak'spink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine....

Wharton, William

The title brings to mind a luxury vessel on the most glamorous river in the world, but readers expecting to learn about the high life in France will be in for a surprise. In this charming memoir, painter and novelist Wharton (Birdy) instead gives us literally the nuts and bolts of building a houseboat, along with generous dollops of humor and local color. As a struggling artist in Paris with his schoolteacher wife and four children, Wharton...

Wells, Gully

Set in Provence, London, and New York, this is a daughter's brilliant and witty memoir of her mother and stepfather Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher and the life they lived at the center of absolutely everything. Gully Wells takes us into the heart of London's lively, liberated intellectual inner circle of the 1960s. Here are Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin...

Gershman, Suzy

Who, at one time or another, hasn’t dreamed of leaving her life behind and moving to Paris? Bestselling writer Suzy Gershman (dubbed “Super Shopper Suzy” by Oprah and “the most famous shopper in the world” by American Express Card Services) had always planned to retire to the City of Light with her husband. But when he died, Suzy decided to fulfill their dream alone—making a new life for herself in her...

Nielsen, Ellie

Buying a Piece of Paris is a charming and witty love song to the most beautiful city in the world. Paris has seduced many admirers, but for Ellie Nielsen it's true love. So deep is her infatuation that she'll only be satisfied with a little place to call her own. The object of her desire seems so simple: the sort of apartment she's seen a thousand times in magazines and movies. Something effortlessly charming, and quirky, and old-- and...

Turnbull, Sarah

The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure--and the love of her life--in Paris. "This isn't like me. I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows. Paris hadn't even been part of my travel plan..." A delightful, fresh twist on the travel memoir, Almost French takes us on a tour that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor. Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris...

Rowlands, Penelope

This collection of thirty two essays about Paris showcases the thoughts and feeling of writers such as Alice Kaplan, David Sedaris, Davis Lebovitz, Zoé Valdéz and Joe Queenan about the City of Lights. The works vary stylistically and discuss love, remembrance, youth, the arts and politics among other topics. The collection is edited by Penelope Rowlands, a journalist and critic who has lived in Paris. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc.,...

Downie, David, Harris, Alison (Photographer), Johnson, Diane (Foreword by)

Like all great cities and yet unlike any other Paris is alive and fluttering, it changes with the light, buffeted by Seine-basin breezes. This place called Paris is at once the imaginary land of literature and film, a distant view through shifting, misty lenses, and a vibrant contemporary city where a kaleidoscope of millions seems bent on the grand conspiracy of enjoying life. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light paints a portrait in...

McAuliffe, Mary

Uncovering the Paris that charmed Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century and George Gershwin in the 20th, this guide-written by an historian and based on personal exploration, old maps, and documents-offers 50 walking destinations, many unfamiliar even to Parisians. Several excursions evoke the spirit of an age past by exploring the haunts of Heloise and Abelard, Frederic Chopin, the Impressionist painters, and the American expatriates of the...

Baxter, John

Walking is the best way to experience the romance, history, and off-the-beaten-path pleasures of Paris (and life itself, perhaps). In that spirit, the author of the popular "Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas" reveals the most beautiful walks through Paris.