Shakespeare and Company

IMG_20131124_152919Just across from Notre Dame on the Rive Gauche, its old wooden shelves hold more stories than you can imagine. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Miller, and Baldwin are just a few of the great American writers who wandered up the creaky wooden stairs for sit and inspiring view of Paris from the tiny windows upstairs. A classic, a best seller, or a rare used book in English, find a gem and walk away with a piece of history and a perfect present for any book lover. 


Besos, Dianne

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for the Francophile

There is little over a month left before Christmas, have you written up your wish list? I always love giving or getting a book, so here’s a list of a lovely books that any Frenchie fan would love.
For the Foodie:

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah. Moving to France and learning to eat, who could ask for more? Follow Ann Mah as she makes who way through France, through the cuisine, and through a year on her own.

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo is a Brit taking on French cooking in her tiny Paris kitchen. She turned her tiny kitchen into a private restaurant for two, inviting strangers in to test the books recipes-if she can make boeuf Bourgignon in her little space, so can we, right?

Before I ever imagined I’d be living in France, I read My Life in France and became eternally enthralled with French cuisine and the idea that it’s never to late to find your passion thanks to the witty and inspiring Julia Child.

For the Fashionista:

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. If any woman embodies the essence of easy Parisian chic it must be Ms. Fressange. This little book offers ideas to keep in mind to be effortlessly chic anywhere and anytime. The illustrations and red leather binding are adorable too.

Ex Paris Vogue Editor, Carine Roitfeld’s book, Irreverent takes a look at her beginnings in the world of fashion with highlights from her best editorials for Paris Vogue. Fashion and Photography.

For the Francophile:

Paris versus New York– I keep saying how similar France and the US are since I’ve moved here, this clever book with side by side illustrations of each city’s character is the proof.

If you really want to get France (or if you’re making the move) Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong is a must read. It’s opening my eyes to so much about how things work here!

Paris in Color- a gorgeous and unique collection of Nichole Robertson’s photos of the city of light, in color!

For the Romantic:

If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your wishlist.  A Moveable Feast is Hemingway’s quintessential portrait of the ex-pats of the 1920’s hanging with Gertrude Stien and Picasso and sipping cafe’s on Saint Germain.

Any books you’d add to the list?
Besos, Dianne
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