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

Each week in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published English books Paris we love. 

This week’s new books are recommended by Bill & Rosa’s cat Neptune – obviously they are all about cats.

Neptune also wants you to know that while he himself is in the book room about once a week there’s a section dedicated to cats that you can browse any day you like.

LE MONDE SELON NALA C’est l’histoire d’un tour de monde à vélo d’un Ecossais avec un chat extraordinaire (trouvé en Bosnie)! (Neptune’s dreaming of this!) Une petite boule de fourrure maigre et aux miaulements plaintifs… Lorsque Dean aperçoit ce chaton en piteux état sur le bord d’une route, il n’hésite pas une seconde et l’adopte. Pourtant, ce n’est vraiment pas simple, car cela fait trois mois que le jeune homme a commencé un magnifique tour du monde sur son vélo. Pendant des semaines, alors qu’il poursuit son périple et que les pays défilent, il va soigner cette petite chatte qu’il baptise Nala. Un lien d’amitié indestructible se noue. Curieuse, indépendante et espiègle, Nala devient un compagnon de route idéal. Au fil de leurs aventures, la petite chatte donne au jeune homme de véritables leçons d’humanité. Grâce à elle, Dean comprend que partout dans le monde, dans un camp de réfugiés comme sur une île de rêve, les humains sont les mêmes. Et qu’il suffit d’un sourire et d’un peu d’affection pour conquérir les cœurs et changer une vie… One of the best cat books in a long time it has been translated from English to more than 20 languages.

Author: Dean Nicholson, Publisher: City Editions 

LE CHAT QUI N’AVAIT JAMAIS VU UN CHAT Mitsou vit avec sa famille dans un appartement, et n’est jamais sortie dehors… Dans ces conditions, comment pourrait-elle savoir qu’elle est un chat ? Mais un soir d’été, lors d’une rencontre avec un chat de gouttière un brin mal léché, sa vie va basculer…

Author: Stéphane Frattini, Antonin Faure, Publisher: Larousse Jeunesse 

UNE VIE DE CHAT Un chat doit aller voir sa princesse dans son château, et doit affronter le monde et ses embûches pour s’y rendre. Qui est cette princesse? Le chat raconte, nous sommes envoûtés, pris entre le ludique et le sérieux de la narration. On se fait prendre et on ne voit pas venir la chute. Difficile de rester de marbre devant tant d’émotion… “ Voilà un bel ovni littéraire qui plaira aux jeunes lecteurs autant qu’aux amoureux des félins et à ceux qui craquent pour les albums illustrés à la signature graphique épurée. De page en page, on suit le chat qui visite sa princesse dans un labyrinthique palais blanc. Les longs couloirs laissent peu à peu deviner la nature du château et ouvre la porte aux suppositions, mais la pirouette finale réserve quand même une surprise narrative. C’est ludique, c’est charmant, c’est touchant.” Karine Tremblay, La Tribune. A partir de 3 ans

Author: Louison Nielman, Publisher: Editions Deux 

Discover the Bill & Rosa’s Book Room concept. Come visit us – it is a nice spot up and downstairs at FUSAC to Read, Write, Relax and Buy, Donate, Borrow used English books Paris (and some French too, we are in France after all!). There is also the Power-of-the-Postcard desk and unique cards and postcards to write to family and friends, a jigsaw puzzle table, reading chairs. To discover our 5000+ titles visit our Click and Collect List. Near metro Porte de St Cloud. 42 rue du Chemin Vert 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Come over (Click for our opening hours) and find out why we call it Bill and Rosa’s!

English Books Paris

LOVING MODIGLIANI This is a ghost story, even fantasy, a treasure hunt more than historical novel. The book is woven with imaginings of the world after death where the ghost of Jeanne Hébuterne is guided by a cat that can pass from the living world to the dead one. The passage between the two allows for the passage of time and linking together of the years 1920, 1941, 1981 when bit by bit information about the mysterious couple Modigliani-Hébuterne surfaces. In starts in 1920 when Amedeo Modigliani, embittered and unrecognized genius, dies of meningitis on a cold January day in Montparnasse. Jeanne Hébuterne, his young wife and muse, follows 48 hours later, falling backwards through a window. Now a ghost, Jeanne drifts about the studio she shared with Modigliani—for she was not only his favorite model, lover, mother of his children, but also an artist whose works were shut away from public view after her demise. Enraged, she watches as her belongings are removed from the studio and her identity as an artist seemingly effaced for posterity, carried off in a suitcase by her brother. She then sets off to rejoin Modigliani in the underworld. Thus begins Loving Modigliani, retelling the story of Jeanne Hébuterne’s fate as a woman and an artist through three timelines connected by her ghost and three precious objects stolen from the studio: a notebook, a bangle, and a self-portrait of Jeanne depicted together with Modi and their daughter. Decades after her death, in 1981 an art history student will discover Jeanne’s diary and rescue her artwork from oblivion, after a search leading from Paris to Nice, Rome, and Venice, where Jeanne’s own quest will find its joyful reward. 

Author: Linda Lappin, Publisher: Serving House Books 

A TABLE IN PARIS is “… artist John Donohue’s sketched love letter to the city’s restaurants.” (The New York Times) and what a more apropos time than now to read a love letter to restaurants. The book is a visual exploration of the Paris dining scene, with stories, guides, and recommendations from everyday patrons and famous aficionados alike. The restaurants of Paris are rich with history, culture, and flavor. A Table in Paris will take you on a delicious visual journey through the arrondissements that you’ll never forget. In his signature loose and evocative style, artist John Donohue has rendered an incredible sampling of the iconic institutions, hidden gems, and everything in between that make the Paris dining scene one of a kind. Guided by recommendations from a breadth of locals, visitors, and experts, you’ll discover the places one must visit and the dishes one must sample in pursuit of the perfect Parisian meal. The book also offers space for your Paris dining bucket list, food memories or dreams from each arrondissement, and notes on the establishments featured. Restaurants hold a powerful place in our hearts and A Table in Paris is a must-have for anyone with epicurean visions of Paris in theirs.

Author: John Donohue, Publisher: Abrams Image 

A STRANGER IN PARIS is based on a true story and it is the first of a three-part series that recounts with humour and poignancy the search for love and family. Aberystwyth University,1986 – and another year of torrential rain. Bad hair days and a rugby-fanatic fiancé are part of her drab existence so who can blame Karen for falling into the arms of a handsome Parisian? Hastening across The Channel with stars in her eyes, she speeds to the city of light only to discover that her lover is nowhere to be found. Nor what he seemed. Life takes a turn for the better when her old school-friend Jessica makes a dramatic entrance, encouraging Karen on a downward spiral of adventure – including a brush with the Parisian underworld which places both girls in peril. Karen’s childhood is a constant anguish reminding her that when things go wrong, not everyone has a home to return to, as the dark shadows of the past merge with her troubled French life. Where to go, when there’s no going home?

Author: Karen Webb, Publisher: Impress Books

English Books Paris

COURTING DARKNESS First in a duology, this darkly thrilling page-turner set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series is perfect for fans of THRONE OF GLASS, RED QUEEN, and GAME OF THRONES. Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.

Author: Robin Lafevers, Publisher: HMH Books 

NARINHI THE MAN OF THE LIE is the first book in a series that follows Kai, a freshman at an international university in Paris, troubled by portent dreams since childhood is happy to be oceans away from her stifling hometown. She befriends Jarvis Chapter, a mysterious student haunted by the disappearance of his brother, Umbriel, in Southern Africa. While her duty to God is clear, she struggles to reconcile her hopes of fitting in among her peers and juggling the pressure of maintaining good grades. Unable to ignore the call placed on her life despite her insecurities and fears, her life is thrown into turmoil of biblical proportions when she is attacked by a humanoid in her apartment. She is forced to come to terms with the existence of the world in-between and her role in the fight for the world. The author Tendayi Chirawu is a writer based in Paris who writes about the new African experience, travel, books, and women. She has an MA in Global Communications and Civil Society. She has worked and volunteers with various NGOs and currently works in communications and quality control. Follow her on twitter @tendayiolga or visit her website: tendayichirawu.com English Books Paris

GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND WEEIA Like one of the Men in Black concealing a race of X-Men, Danni risks her life in the seedy underworld of Paris as a Weeia marshal protecting the secret of their existence. Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it’s almost like somebody doesn’t want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.

Author: Elle Boca, Publisher: Poyeen Publishing English Books Paris

and there are many more English Books Paris from history to memoirs, English, French or bilingual, for kids or adults, fiction or non. Many are books about France of course, but there are many different subjects and styles. for purchase or borrowing in our collection at Bill & Rosa’s Book Room.

Each week in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published English books Paris we love. 

This week’s new books are recommended by Bill & Rosa’s cat Neptune – obviously they are all about cats.

Neptune also wants you to know that while he himself is in the book room about once a week there’s a section dedicated to cats that you can browse any day you like.

LE MONDE SELON NALA C’est l’histoire d’un tour de monde à vélo d’un Ecossais avec un chat extraordinaire (trouvé en Bosnie)! (Neptune’s dreaming of this!) Une petite boule de fourrure maigre et aux miaulements plaintifs… Lorsque Dean aperçoit ce chaton en piteux état sur le bord d’une route, il n’hésite pas une seconde et l’adopte. Pourtant, ce n’est vraiment pas simple, car cela fait trois mois que le jeune homme a commencé un magnifique tour du monde sur son vélo. Pendant des semaines, alors qu’il poursuit son périple et que les pays défilent, il va soigner cette petite chatte qu’il baptise Nala. Un lien d’amitié indestructible se noue. Curieuse, indépendante et espiègle, Nala devient un compagnon de route idéal. Au fil de leurs aventures, la petite chatte donne au jeune homme de véritables leçons d’humanité. Grâce à elle, Dean comprend que partout dans le monde, dans un camp de réfugiés comme sur une île de rêve, les humains sont les mêmes. Et qu’il suffit d’un sourire et d’un peu d’affection pour conquérir les cœurs et changer une vie… One of the best cat books in a long time it has been translated from English to more than 20 languages.

Author: Dean Nicholson, Publisher: City Editions 

LE CHAT QUI N’AVAIT JAMAIS VU UN CHAT Mitsou vit avec sa famille dans un appartement, et n’est jamais sortie dehors… Dans ces conditions, comment pourrait-elle savoir qu’elle est un chat ? Mais un soir d’été, lors d’une rencontre avec un chat de gouttière un brin mal léché, sa vie va basculer…

Author: Stéphane Frattini, Antonin Faure, Publisher: Larousse Jeunesse 

UNE VIE DE CHAT Un chat doit aller voir sa princesse dans son château, et doit affronter le monde et ses embûches pour s’y rendre. Qui est cette princesse? Le chat raconte, nous sommes envoûtés, pris entre le ludique et le sérieux de la narration. On se fait prendre et on ne voit pas venir la chute. Difficile de rester de marbre devant tant d’émotion… “ Voilà un bel ovni littéraire qui plaira aux jeunes lecteurs autant qu’aux amoureux des félins et à ceux qui craquent pour les albums illustrés à la signature graphique épurée. De page en page, on suit le chat qui visite sa princesse dans un labyrinthique palais blanc. Les longs couloirs laissent peu à peu deviner la nature du château et ouvre la porte aux suppositions, mais la pirouette finale réserve quand même une surprise narrative. C’est ludique, c’est charmant, c’est touchant.” Karine Tremblay, La Tribune. A partir de 3 ans

Author: Louison Nielman, Publisher: Editions Deux 

Discover the Bill & Rosa’s Book Room concept. Come visit us – it is a nice spot up and downstairs at FUSAC to Read, Write, Relax and Buy, Donate, Borrow used English books Paris (and some French too, we are in France after all!). There is also the Power-of-the-Postcard desk and unique cards and postcards to write to family and friends, a jigsaw puzzle table, reading chairs. To discover our 5000+ titles visit our Click and Collect List. Near metro Porte de St Cloud. 42 rue du Chemin Vert 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Come over (Click for our opening hours) and find out why we call it Bill and Rosa’s!

English Books Paris

LOVING MODIGLIANI This is a ghost story, even fantasy, a treasure hunt more than historical novel. The book is woven with imaginings of the world after death where the ghost of Jeanne Hébuterne is guided by a cat that can pass from the living world to the dead one. The passage between the two allows for the passage of time and linking together of the years 1920, 1941, 1981 when bit by bit information about the mysterious couple Modigliani-Hébuterne surfaces. In starts in 1920 when Amedeo Modigliani, embittered and unrecognized genius, dies of meningitis on a cold January day in Montparnasse. Jeanne Hébuterne, his young wife and muse, follows 48 hours later, falling backwards through a window. Now a ghost, Jeanne drifts about the studio she shared with Modigliani—for she was not only his favorite model, lover, mother of his children, but also an artist whose works were shut away from public view after her demise. Enraged, she watches as her belongings are removed from the studio and her identity as an artist seemingly effaced for posterity, carried off in a suitcase by her brother. She then sets off to rejoin Modigliani in the underworld. Thus begins Loving Modigliani, retelling the story of Jeanne Hébuterne’s fate as a woman and an artist through three timelines connected by her ghost and three precious objects stolen from the studio: a notebook, a bangle, and a self-portrait of Jeanne depicted together with Modi and their daughter. Decades after her death, in 1981 an art history student will discover Jeanne’s diary and rescue her artwork from oblivion, after a search leading from Paris to Nice, Rome, and Venice, where Jeanne’s own quest will find its joyful reward. 

Author: Linda Lappin, Publisher: Serving House Books 

A TABLE IN PARIS is “… artist John Donohue’s sketched love letter to the city’s restaurants.” (The New York Times) and what a more apropos time than now to read a love letter to restaurants. The book is a visual exploration of the Paris dining scene, with stories, guides, and recommendations from everyday patrons and famous aficionados alike. The restaurants of Paris are rich with history, culture, and flavor. A Table in Paris will take you on a delicious visual journey through the arrondissements that you’ll never forget. In his signature loose and evocative style, artist John Donohue has rendered an incredible sampling of the iconic institutions, hidden gems, and everything in between that make the Paris dining scene one of a kind. Guided by recommendations from a breadth of locals, visitors, and experts, you’ll discover the places one must visit and the dishes one must sample in pursuit of the perfect Parisian meal. The book also offers space for your Paris dining bucket list, food memories or dreams from each arrondissement, and notes on the establishments featured. Restaurants hold a powerful place in our hearts and A Table in Paris is a must-have for anyone with epicurean visions of Paris in theirs.

Author: John Donohue, Publisher: Abrams Image 

A STRANGER IN PARIS is based on a true story and it is the first of a three-part series that recounts with humour and poignancy the search for love and family. Aberystwyth University,1986 – and another year of torrential rain. Bad hair days and a rugby-fanatic fiancé are part of her drab existence so who can blame Karen for falling into the arms of a handsome Parisian? Hastening across The Channel with stars in her eyes, she speeds to the city of light only to discover that her lover is nowhere to be found. Nor what he seemed. Life takes a turn for the better when her old school-friend Jessica makes a dramatic entrance, encouraging Karen on a downward spiral of adventure – including a brush with the Parisian underworld which places both girls in peril. Karen’s childhood is a constant anguish reminding her that when things go wrong, not everyone has a home to return to, as the dark shadows of the past merge with her troubled French life. Where to go, when there’s no going home?

Author: Karen Webb, Publisher: Impress Books

English Books Paris

COURTING DARKNESS First in a duology, this darkly thrilling page-turner set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series is perfect for fans of THRONE OF GLASS, RED QUEEN, and GAME OF THRONES. Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.

Author: Robin Lafevers, Publisher: HMH Books 

NARINHI THE MAN OF THE LIE is the first book in a series that follows Kai, a freshman at an international university in Paris, troubled by portent dreams since childhood is happy to be oceans away from her stifling hometown. She befriends Jarvis Chapter, a mysterious student haunted by the disappearance of his brother, Umbriel, in Southern Africa. While her duty to God is clear, she struggles to reconcile her hopes of fitting in among her peers and juggling the pressure of maintaining good grades. Unable to ignore the call placed on her life despite her insecurities and fears, her life is thrown into turmoil of biblical proportions when she is attacked by a humanoid in her apartment. She is forced to come to terms with the existence of the world in-between and her role in the fight for the world. The author Tendayi Chirawu is a writer based in Paris who writes about the new African experience, travel, books, and women. She has an MA in Global Communications and Civil Society. She has worked and volunteers with various NGOs and currently works in communications and quality control. Follow her on twitter @tendayiolga or visit her website: tendayichirawu.com English Books Paris

GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND WEEIA Like one of the Men in Black concealing a race of X-Men, Danni risks her life in the seedy underworld of Paris as a Weeia marshal protecting the secret of their existence. Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it’s almost like somebody doesn’t want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.

Author: Elle Boca, Publisher: Poyeen Publishing English Books Paris

and there are many more English Books Paris from history to memoirs, English, French or bilingual, for kids or adults, fiction or non. Many are books about France of course, but there are many different subjects and styles. for purchase or borrowing in our collection at Bill & Rosa’s Book Room.