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Eyewitness Guide Paris

Eyewitness Guide Paris

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights. (FRN02, $25.00)

Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon

by Adam Gopnik

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile. (FRN208, $16.00)

Paris Map

Paris Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000. (FRN400, $8.95)

 
Blue Guide Paris

Blue Guide Paris


by Delia Gray-Durant | Ian Robertson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 479 PAGES

Compact and authoritative, this eleventh edition of the art-focused guide includes plenty of color photographs and a section of practical information in addition to the usual maps and detailed floor plans. (FRN145, $29.95)

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light. (FRN41, $13.99)

Rough Guide Paris

Rough Guide Paris


by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A jam-packed practical, cultural and historical guide to the City of Light. (FRN371, $21.99)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

A Propos De Paris

A Propos De Paris


by Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This handsomely produced coffee table book features 131 duotone images of Paris selected by Cartier-Bresson in honor of his 90th birthday. It's a splendid tribute to the people and life of the City of Light. (FRN132, $40.00)

A Traveller's History of Paris

A Traveller's History of Paris


by Robert Coles

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its founding, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times. (FRN426, $14.95)

Paris Was Yesterday

Paris Was Yesterday


by Janet Flanner | Irving Drutman

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Like many American writers in '20s and '30s, journalist Janet Flanner left the States to join the Paris intellectual scene. In characteristically masterful prose, here are her impressions of life in Paris between the wars. (FRN93, $20.95)

Paris, The Biography of a City

Paris, The Biography of a City


by Colin Jones

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 566 PAGES

Jones writes with obvious affection in this entertaining, ambitious history of Paris, its architecture, culture and politics, from the late Stone Age to Jacques Chirac. (FRN502, $20.00)

Seven Ages of Paris


by Alistair Horne

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Horne writes with flair, drama and affection for the City of Light in this wonderfully opinionated, personal overview of the history of Paris. (FRN503, $18.00)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France


by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES

Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history. (FRN03, $17.00)

Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence


by Dana Micucci

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 143 PAGES

An attractively illustrated guide to exploring the homes of 19th-century artists in and around Paris, including Giverny, Auvers and Ornans. An excellent guide for day-long excursions outside Paris with a focus on nature and art. (FRN353, $19.95)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Impressionism, Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society

Impressionism, Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society


by Robert L. Herbert

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A magnificently illustrated social history, this book shows the cafes, opera houses, dance halls and other places of entertainment and leisure that inspired some of the great Impressionist paintings. (FRN117, $35.00)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

A Corner in the Marais, Memoir of a Paris Neighborhood

A Corner in the Marais, Memoir of a Paris Neighborhood


by Alex Karmel

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 149 PAGES

A loving portrait, guide and history of Paris and, especially, of the old houses and byways of Marias. The book -- an excellent traveler's companion -- evokes the character and long history of the City of Light. (FRN351, $16.95)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast


by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness. (FRN26, $15.00)

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris


by A.J. Liebling

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 182 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine. (FRN32, $15.00)

Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain

Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain


by Diane Johnson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

Novelist Diane Johnson (Le Divorce) writes with insight, verve and wit in this affectionate, personal portrait of St Germain-des-Pres, her neighborhood on the Left Bank. (FRN491, $10.95)

Talk to the Snail, Ten Commandments to Understanding the French

Talk to the Snail, Ten Commandments to Understanding the French


by Stephen Clarke

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

Clarke's essays on France and the French, as witty as they are useful, combine a guide to cultural understanding with some perfectly rendered, entertaining and tongue-in-cheek notes on how to speak proper French. (FRN643, $15.95)

The Secret Life of the Seine

The Secret Life of the Seine


by Mort Rosenblum

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river. (FRN48, $17.50)

Americans in Paris, A Literary Anthology

Americans in Paris, A Literary Anthology


by Adam Gopnik

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 613 PAGES

This wide-ranging anthology includes early impressions by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as well as a generous sampling of 20th-century literary masters. (FRN427, $40.00)

Murder in Montmartre

Murder in Montmartre


by Cara Black

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Cara Black once again effortlessly interweaves a suspenseful plot with the history and culture of a Parisian neighborhood, this time seedy Montmartre. (FRN566, $14.95)

Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais


by Cara Black

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more. (FRN561, $14.00)

Paris in Mind

Paris in Mind


by Jennifer Lee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris. (FRN412, $16.00)

The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris

The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris


by Edmund White

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

The gifted novelist reveals his favorite haunts in this glittering portrait of Paris and its pleasures, taking in neighborhoods, bookshops and boutiques, monuments and palaces, eateries and, naturally, the history behind it all. (FRN259, $15.00)

The Lady and The Unicorn

The Lady and The Unicorn


by Tracy Chevalier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

In this rich historical novel, Chevalier (Girl With A Pearl Earring) imagines the wealthy patrons, social milieu, intrigue and incident behind the 15th-century tapestries now hanging in the Cluny in Paris. (BLG24, $16.00)

Zazie in the Metro

Zazie in the Metro


by Raymond Queneau

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

Queneau's delirious short novel of a country girl, her loony uncle and some disapproving gendarmes on a madcap tour of Paris. Louis Malle made it into a film in 1960. (FRN434, $16.00)

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