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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 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)

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 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)

 
Chronicles of Old Paris

Chronicles of Old Paris


by John Baxter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This sleek, modern guide chronologically organizes places of interest, providing accessible histories of each site. Also features eight walking tours, 29 maps and dozens of large full-page photographs. (FRA72, $19.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris


by Mike Gerrard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (FRA48, $14.00)

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

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)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

Old-Fashioned Corners of Paris

Old-Fashioned Corners of Paris


by Christophe Destournelles

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 194 PAGES

This insightful catalog gives travelers access to "Old Paris" haunts that have somehow survived the ages. (FRA109, $18.95)

Paris, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

Paris, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City


by Viction Workshop

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

A hip, colorful pocket guide with an emphasis on the artistic, drawing recommendations from 60 local creatives. Contains helpful travel advice, detailed neighborhood maps and a dust jacket that unfolds into an illustrated map. (FRA139, $9.95)

Paris, The Collected Traveler

Paris, The Collected Traveler


by Barrie Kerper

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

Barrie Kerper's mad bibliophile's guide to the sites, history, food and culture of Paris collects an astonishing range of excerpts, essays and writing on the City of Light, each annotated and with accompanying practical information. (FRN397, $19.00)

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide


by Ines de la Fressange

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

Icon of chic and quintessential Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange includes her favorite offbeat museums, shops, salons and spas, restaurants, cafes and hotels in this charming guide, jammed with photographs, drawings and hand-written lists. (FRN984, $29.95)

Secret Paris


by Jacques Garance

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 383 PAGES

Highlighting the most strange, fascinating and esoteric sights of any destination, Secret guides are compiled by locals and organized by neighborhood. (FRA135, $21.95)

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris


by John Baxter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales. (FRN979, $14.99)

Wallpaper City Guide 2014 Paris

Wallpaper City Guide 2014 Paris


by Sophie Dening

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

The slim Wallpaper guide is tasteful, precise, informative and packed with the city's must-see attractions, hotels, bars, art and architecture. For the design-conscious traveler, this is the guide to carry! (FRA85, $11.95)

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants


by Alexander Lobrano

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

An American in Paris since 1986, European correspondent for Gourmet and editor of Zagat's Paris, Lobrano brings a journalist's savvy and a food lover's insight to this enchanting guide of 100 places to eat, enlivened by color photographs and charming essays on French food and dining. (FRN985, $18.00)

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)

The Paris Neighborhood Cookbook, Danyel Couet's Guide to the City's Ethnic Cuisine

The Paris Neighborhood Cookbook, Danyel Couet's Guide to the City's Ethnic Cuisine


by Danyel Couet

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Danyel Couet, chef and co-owner of Stockholm's F12 restaurant, introduces the culinary diversity of the City of Lights in this illustrated guide to local markets, cafes, and restaurants in eight multi-ethnic neighborhoods. (FRA80, $25.00)

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)

How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City

How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City


by Joan Dejean

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A vibrant history of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis. (FRA108, $30.00)

Paris at the End of the World, The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918

Paris at the End of the World, The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918


by John Baxter

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

John Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World) explores how the city of light managed to shine even brighter during the four years when WWI threatened her destruction. (FRA122, $15.99)

Paris from the Ground Up

Paris from the Ground Up


by James H. S. McGregor

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

A wonderfully erudite, in-depth guide to the architecture, monuments and history of Paris. With 105 color and 30 black-and-white photographs and 10 maps. (FRN796, $31.50)

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down


by Rosecrans Baldwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 286 PAGES

A take on living in Paris by a young American novelist. (FRA01, $26.00)

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)

Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris


by Graham Robb

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Beginning at the dawn of the French Revolution and continuing, in its own charming, haphazard way to the present, Robb's paean to the City of Light (he's clearly in love) takes in the history of Paris through the stories of Marie Antoinette, Sartre and Simon Beauvoir, Napoleon, Zola, Proust and others, renowned and heretofore unknown. (FRN888, $18.95)

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
  • BEST SELLER

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)

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)

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)

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train


by Ina Caro

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The infectiously enthusiastic Ina Caro charts 25 day trips from Paris in this marvelously conceived history and guide. From the splendor of Chartres, wonders of Sainte-Chapelle and elegant Place de la Concorde, Caro enchants. (FRN953, $17.95)

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light


by David Downie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Downie's irreverent ode to his adopted home takes the form of 31 short sketches on the history, people and places of Paris. (FRN522, $15.00)

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)

Mission to Paris

Mission to Paris


by Alan Furst

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Autumn 1939. In Paris, American motion picture producer Frederic Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, exiled Spanish republicans, and spies of every sort in Alan Furst's accomplished -- and atmospheric -- 12th novel. His Spies of the Balkans (BLK152) and Spies of Warsaw (PLD80) are equally evocative of place. (FRA18, $16.00)

Murder in the Latin Quarter

Murder in the Latin Quarter


by Cara Black

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

The ninth installment in Black's series featuring "adorably punkish" detective Aimee Leduc, who gets around on a pink Vespa. This time, Aimee's investigations lead her through the old university district of Paris -- its colorful streets, schools, museums, cafes and bookstores providing a vivid backdrop to the suspense. (FRN772, $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 Stories

Paris Stories


by Mavis Gallant | Michael Ondaatje

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

All written in Paris (where Gallant has long lived), these magnificent stories take place from the Left Bank to the French Riviera, postwar Germany and Franco-era Spain. If you haven't read her work (many of the stories originally appeared in the New Yorker), you are in for a treat. Gallant is one of the great 20th century short story writers. (FRN373, $15.95)

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