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For all you history buffs (I am no exception), The Giant of the French Revolution: Danton, A Life by David Lawday.“The Giant of the French Revolution sweeps one along in a gathering floodtide of rich description, brilliant characterization, subtle political analysis and breathless suspense. David Lawday has written a masterful, spine-tingling thriller - except that every word in this compulsively readable book is true.”—Mark Danner, author of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War
If you are looking for a trip to France (who isn’t?) you should check out A Year in
Another great choice is Joanne Harris’ Chocolat (yes, the movie starred Johnny Depp): When beautiful, unmarried Vianne Rocher sweeps into the pinched little French town of Lansquenet on the heels of the carnival and opens a gem of a chocolate shop across the square from the church, she begins to wreak havoc with the town's Lenten vows. Her uncanny ability to perceive her customer's private discontents and alleviate them with just the right confection coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness, but enrages Pere Reynaud, the local priest. Hailed as "an amazement of riches few readers will be able to resist" by The New York Times Book Review, Chocolat is a timeless and enchanting story about temptation, pleasure, and what a complete waste of time it is to deny yourself anything.
David Sedaris brings the laughter in Me Talk Pretty One Day, which chronicles the trials and tribulations he faces as “a recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.”
For the gourmand (and you haven’t already read Julia Child’s My Life in
Queen of the Kitchen Penelope suggests Paris Patisseries: History, Shops, and Recipes: This book is an absolute feast; no amount of decadence is spared. It’s a culmination of thinking, perceiving and adjusting throughout the centuries. What I love about this kind of pastry (truly an Art) is that all senses are involved, which makes it an experience from which Proustian memories are born. This in an invaluable resource on the best patisseries in
Vivre la France!