English Books Paris: What’s New at Bill & Rosa’s Book Room

Please note that Bill &  Rosa's book Room is closed for summer vacation 1-25 August. See you on the 26th at 14.30! Bonnes vacances.

Each month in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published books that we love, here's our selection for summer 2022.


TRACE & AURA From one of the foremost medievalists of our time, a groundbreaking work on history and memory that goes well beyond the life of this influential saint. Elected bishop of Milan by popular acclaim in 374, Ambrose went on to become one of the four original Doctors of the Church. There is much more to this book, however, than the captivating story of the bishop who baptized Saint Augustine in the fourth century. Trace and Aura investigates how a crucial figure from the past can return in different guises over and over again, in a city that he inspired and shaped through his beliefs and political convictions. His recurring lives actually span more than ten centuries, from the …

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Views over Paris without waiting in line

For a great View over Paris without waiting in line visit The Saint Jacques Tower After ten long years of restauration the Tour Saint Jacques near Châtelet has become one of the sweetest spots for a view over Paris. The 54 meter tall tower is the last remaining piece of the Church of Saint Jacques de la Boucherie. Boucherie? Butchery? Odd as it sounds to our ears today the church was so named because in the 16th century the area was home to the butchers of Paris and thus they had their own church. The church was built between 1509 and 1523 in the flamboyant gothic style which is still quite visible on the tower in the elaborate sculptures of 13 gargoyles and other creatures plus leafy decoration. On the four corners are sculptures of Saint Jacques and animals representing three of the four evangalists: an eagle for Saint John, an ox for Saint Luke and a lion for Saint Mark. The Revolution brought an end to religious celebrations in the church and in the 1790s and it was dis…
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Give blood, Blood Donors Needed in France

Every day, we need blood to accompany a woman giving birth, a person in a road accident, a cancer patient... The situations are as varied as they are regular. The voluntary and benevolent act of donating blood is therefore irreplaceable. You are irreplaceable! Please consider making a blood donation. Stocks are at record lows, 20k packets of blood short of the minimum needed. Anyone 18-70 years old can donate. If you have some time to spare, check out the official website for the nearest donation center near you. It's all done by reservation now so has become as easy and as short as 40 minutes of your time. https://dondesang.efs.sante.fr/trouver-une-collecte PS: If you've just been to the USA please note a West Nile risk has been identified for this country, and you must wait 28 days on your return before you can give blood. #Give blood  
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Les Livres français au English Book Room!

Comme Bill & Rosa's English Book Room est en France nous mettons en avant (parfois) des livres qui nous plaisent en français. Voici une belle brochette de romans bestseller des USA en français. THE TOWN AND THE CITY De Kerouac, on a surtout lu Sur la route et Les Clochards célestes, mais on connaît peu The Town and the City. C’est pourtant le premier roman de Kerouac, publié en 1950, celui qui annonce l’inspiration fabuleuse d’un auteur prolifique. “The Town”, c’est en fait Galloway (Massachusetts), petite ville de tisserands où s’écoule une existence mi-rurale, mi-citadine, celle de la famille Martin, unie par l’affection mais surtout soucieuse de faire durer les bonheurs fragiles – le cidre qu’on boit au gallon, le chahut des polkas, et l’émoi des premières tendresses, sous les feuillées tremblantes. “The City”, le New York des années 1940, en est la figure d’opposition, où le jeune Peter Martin entamera sa carrière de footballeur tout en découvrant l’ébullition de l…
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