Books & Guides & Writing

Books, fiction or non-fiction; guide books about Paris, past or present; Writing/Literature salons, groups, seminars, workshops

  • David Downie's latest book comes out September 26, 2017
    Book Reviews,  Books & Guides & Writing,  Food, Drink & Health

    David Downie’s Parisian Love Affair with Food

    "A Taste of Paris, A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food" is a fun book in David's style. David combines history, travelogue and a personal quest. David's quest this time: "What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover's paradise?" You can follow his Paris food seduction from 53 BC to the present. Bringing Paris food history alive, David presents lots of written culinary activity between the 1300s and 1792 (end of the Ancien Régime) with all the King Louis's, their chefs and the chefs’ cookbooks. David takes us back to the barbarian Parisiis squatting, eating with no tableware and demonstrates how the…

  • Two euro book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant
    Book Reviews,  Books & Guides & Writing,  Life in Paris & France,  Photography-Art

    Paris Fashion – Read a Book

    Want to read a French book? Don't want to spend a fortune if the exchange rate goes bad? Buy a two euro book. All Parisians read a book. Ride the Paris metro and look at what people are holding in their hands: A book.... "Boule de Suif" is a book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant that began my two euro addiction. I skipped looking up the adjectives because I understood the gist of the stories. Each of the stories is about a woman....

  • Cover of PJ Adams' latest book "Intoxicating Southern France".
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    Book review: PJ Adams-Intoxicating Southern France

    Passing through some of the villages in Southern France and stopping along the way, JP Adams is your chauffeur. Get intoxicated. You won’t have a hangover, but you will feel a good buzz while reading PJ Adams’ latest personalized travelogue, “Intoxicating Southern France”. Each chapter is broken down into seven sections: History & Landscape, People & Lifestyle, Food, Shopping, Wine, Navigating the Area, Culture & Art. Having visited these regions, I like her personal touch, information and anecdotes

  • Antique books in a shop window along a street in Paris
    Books & Guides & Writing

    Buying Books For, About and In Paris

    If you want a free guidebook when you arrive in Paris, visit the Paris Tourist Office for guidebooks or download and read them before you arrive. If you decide to buy a guidebook when you arrive, Paris has English language bookstores and guidebooks available at some kiosks, English and French book stores and second-hand stores. "Relay" is a kiosk found in the train stations, airports and in the metros. FNAC is a French bookstores where you might find English language guidebooks. W.H.Smith and Galignani are the largest English language Paris bookstores.

  • Partial book cover "Intoxicating Paris" by PJ Adams with Metro, Hotel de Ville plaza and Notre-Dame in the background
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    Book Review: “Intoxicating Paris, Uncorking the Parisian Within”

    There is always something useful and something to learn in a guide book. PJ Adams' recent book, "Intoxicating Paris, Uncorking the Parisian Within", is a combination of helpful hints all rolled into one. It is a personal insight, lightweight travel guide with suggestions, partial psychological and psychotherapeutic guide to American and French cultural differences, and a marketing tool for other authors. I was able to identify myself in some parts and appreciated the parts on the cultural differences. "Intoxicating Paris" is a good start for a first-time visitor.

  • Paris to the Pyrenees book on my library shelf with Paris, Paris Journey to the City of Lights in the background by David Downie
    Book Reviews,  Books & Guides & Writing,  History

    Book Review: Paris to the Pyrenées, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

    David Downie’s latest entertaining memoir, “Paris to the Pyrenées, a skeptic pilgrim walks the way of Saint James” is a series of vignettes. The book is multipurpose whose words constantly upturned my lips into a smile or a smirk. They are the stories of his walk across France. It is also a guidebook along a segment of a trail steeped in history. It is a memoir of a skeptic pilgrim’s path to self-help along the Route of Saint James. When your body is falling apart, why not have a personal quest to possess France by walking across it! ….

  • Les Deux Magots side view with lady in long red scarf
    Accommodations,  Books & Guides & Writing,  Food, Drink & Health

    A Guide to Paris for Lovers of Literature

    For guest contributors, Marta López and Josie Sampson, Paris is the city that has spent centuries inspiring artists, writers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers alike – and within minutes of wandering the streets of the City of Light, it is not hard to see why. If, like them, it is literature in particular that tickles your artistic fancy, you’re in luck. Home to around 1000 bookshops in the city and almost 100 libraries, Paris boasts an impressive literary history, having been home to the great writers, both past and present.

  • Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light David Downie
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    Book review: “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light”

    Follow the journey of footsteps in the vignettes of David Downie’s Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light. They are perfect bedtime stories or café reading. In this updated edition of David’s travel book, his stories reveal his personal wit and tongue in cheek humor. This adds charm and brings out a smile as you read about his own Paris history and reflections in each vignette. After finishing this wonderful book, Paris, Paris I began the process of re-reading all of my little green post-it notes. With these notes tacked all over the book, I am ready to visit and re-visit parts of Paris off the wide Haussmannian boulevards. Wander with David…