Suggested Reading List
A Moveable Feast
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: 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.
A Traveller's History of France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris
Author: A.J. Liebling
Description: Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine.
Author: Jill Jonnes
Description: Jones captures the thrill of the modern in this sprightly tale of the tower, the 1889 World's fair that inspired it -- and the cast of characters who gathered in Paris for the ocassion, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the artists Gauguin, Van Gogh and Whistler.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
Description: 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.
Ile de France 514
Description: A colorful and detailed map of the region surrounding Paris at a scale of 1:200,000.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Made in France, A Shopper's Guide
Author: Laura Morelli
Description: Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals.
Michelin Green Guide Paris
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A comprehensive, practical guide to Paris in the Michelin series, featuring detailed neighborhood maps. With suggested tours, site plans of major attractions and a rating system.
Paris in Mind
Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Description: 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.
Paris to the Moon
Author: Adam Gopnik
Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light
Author: David Downie
Description: Downie's irreverent ode to his adopted home takes the form of 31 short sketches on the history, people and places of Paris.
Paris, The Collected Traveler
Author: Barrie Kerper
Description: 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.
The Food of France
Author: Waverly Root
Description: 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).
The Gothic Cathedral, Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order
Author: Otto Georg Von Simson
Description: A scholarly examination of the Medieval cathedral as a representation of the supernatural and divine.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris
Author: John Baxter
Description: 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.
The Private Lives of the Impressionists
Author: Sue Roe
Description: Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Roe shows the Impressionists in the studios of Paris, rural lanes of Montmartre and rowdy riverside bars as Paris underwent Baron Haussmann's spectacular transformation.
The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
Author: Ina Caro
Description: 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.
The Secret Life of the Seine
Author: Mort Rosenblum
Description: 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.
Walks Through Lost Paris, A Journey into the Heart of Historic Paris
Author: Leonard Pitt
Description: In this beautiful book, mime and former advertiser Pitt reconstructs Paris of the mid-19th century, a time in which thousands of buildings, many from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, were destroyed to make way for urban renewal.