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

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

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection for the Holidays!

HERO OF TWO WORLDS Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist. As a teenager, Lafayette ran away from France to join the American Revolution. Returning home a national hero, he helped launch the French Revolution, eventually spending five years locked in dungeon prisons. After his release, Lafayette sparred with Napoleon, joined an underground conspiracy to overthrow King Louis XVIII, and became an international symbol of liberty. Finally, as a revered elder statesman, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty in the Revolution of 1830. From enthusiastic youth to world-weary old age, from the pinnacle of glory to the depths of despair, Lafayette never stopped fighting for the rights of all mankind. His remarkable life is the story of where we come from, and an inspiration to defend the ideals he held dear.

Author: Mike Duncan, Publisher: Public Affairs Books 

Also enjoy the website dedicated to Lafayette, memorabilia and the city of his birth in France: Chavaniac-Lafayette 

TIMELESS PARIS This is one beautiful book of beautiful things and places. The endpapers, the marbleized title page, the printing, not to mention the nook-and-cranny Parisian treasures themselves make upthisa dream compendium of old-world Parisian resources for everything from hand-ground pastels still made by the aptly named La Maison du Pastel where Toulouse Lautrec shopped, to Passementerie Verrier where every breathtaking polychrome braid, trim, and silky tassel is still handwoven and assembled as they have been for over a century. In Paris, enchantment awaits around every corner, and artist Marin Montagut marvels in discovering the ateliers and emporiums that pepper the capital. For centuries, the artisanal trades associated with the city have continued to hum uninterrupted in unique workshops seemingly untouched by time. Discover where talented artisans handcraft and sell their wares in charming Parisian studios and shops where the skill has been passed on for decades—or centuries—of continuous operation. These specialist purveyors provide unique products that inspire designers, artists, creative types of every description, and all aficionados of exceptional craftsmanship.The history of each treasured location is accompanied by ravishing photographs, and Montagut’s own irresistibly charming drawings, watercolors, and collages. Today, skilled craftspeople continue to work right in the heart of the city. From an artist’s studio hidden away in Montmartre to an antique shop in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and from a period hardware store to a cabinet of curiosities, Marin Montagut invites readers to follow him inside nineteen quintessentially Parisian locations that inspire and attest to the savoir faire that is the very essence of Parisian style. This book is published in both French and English versions.

Author: Marin Montagut, Publisher: Flammarion 

CHRISTIAN DIOR DESTINY Christian Dior is renowned as the architect of the New Look, the epitome of elegance and beauty. But Dior’s own life, privileged as it began in glittering Belle Époque France, was marked by loss and hardship through the Wall Street Crash and under the Occupation in World War II. From the extremes of both wealth and poverty, and using the talents he had developed amid the bohemian crowd of Paris’s left bank—his eye for fashion, skill as an illustrator, and gift for friendship—Christian Dior emerged, dynamic and more resolute than ever, to found the Maison Dior. His groundbreaking fashions brought style and joy back to the streets of Paris and the world. Maison Dior became a landmark—like the Eiffel Tower—evoking an image of Parisian chic that everyone wanted. In just ten years, Dior created an empire that spanned the globe : his was one of the first Parisian couture houses to become a truly international brand. Throughout this meteoric rise, Christian Dior was surrounded by a fiercely loyal group of friends and colleagues who shared in his successes and fears, and helped him to achieve his vision. But such drive took its toll, and Dior suffered a fatal heart attack at just fifty-two. This sensitive biography looks behind the accolades to understand the private Dior—the man who suffered loss but loved deeply, who was quiet in person, yet known for extravagant displays of generosity. He overcame his own challenges to share the unique, beguiling world of his imagination and, in doing so, revolutionized the fashion industry and the way women would dress forever after. This book is published in both French and English versions.

Author: Marie-France Pochna, Publisher: Flammarion 

HEARTS AT DAWN Paris, 1870. As the Franco-Prussian War enters its desperate final months, the capital transforms from a splendid metropolis into a city under siege. Lavish meals change to rations, pigeons deliver letters, and two destinies will collide, challenged by a seemingly unbreakable curse. Every night, New York aristocrat Orin Rush transforms into a monster. After learning that a human heart is the only way to break the curse, he keeps himself carefully distant from anyone he might hurt. Can he lift the enchantment without taking a life? His search for answers leads him to Paris. Every day, free-spirited Claire Turin photographs the people and animals of Paris. Fascinated by the city she loves, her greatest dream is a secret she keeps in her apartment. Her greatest fear is the emptiness of night, when she thinks of the family she’s lost. She’s never loved anyone else. Maybe she never will. Will Paris and its people survive the hardship of the Siege? Will Orin break the curse? And will two hearts who’ve never known love awaken in the City of Light?

Local Author: Alysa Salzberg

L’ECOLE DE LA BOULANGERIE Découvrez toutes les techniques pour pétrir, façonner et cuire le pain ! Les pains classiques et régionaux, les pains du monde, les recettes de snacking, les viennoiseries et les pâtisseries de boulanger… Du pétrissage à la mise au four : toutes les étapes pour réussir la préparation et la cuisson. Les différents modes de préfermentation : le levain liquide, le levain dur, la poolish, la pâte fermentée… Pour plusieurs recettes, des photos pas à pas afin de bien visualiser les gestes.

Author: Ecole Le Cordon Bleu, Publisher: Larousse 

TIMOTÉ CHERCHE ET TROUVE A NOËL Timoté est un petit lapin qui, au fil des albums, partage sa vie avec ses copains et sa famille. À travers 10 grandes scènes, on joue avec Timoté et on cherche, au fil des pages, tous les éléments qui font de Noël une fête magique ! Que de choses à observer ! Enfants 3 à 7 ans

Author: Emmanuelle Massonaud et Mélanie Combes, Publisher: Gründ 

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IN THE COMPANY OF MEN draws on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa. It is a poignant, timely fable that reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world. Two boys venture from their village to hunt in a nearby forest, where they shoot down bats with glee, and cook their prey over an open fire. Within a month, they are dead, bodies ravaged by an insidious disease that neither the local healer’s potions nor the medical team’s treatments could cure. Compounding the family’s grief, experts warn against touching the sick. But this caution comes too late: the virus spreads rapidly, and the boys’ father is barely able to send his eldest daughter away for a chance at survival. In a series of moving snapshots, Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic, through the eyes of those affected in myriad ways: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. And watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future. Acutely relevant to our times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, In the Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice.

Author: Véronique Tadjo, Publisher: Other Press

THE ANOMALY Who would we be if we had made different choices? Told that secret, left that relationship, written that book? We all wonder—the passengers of Air France 006 will find out. In their own way, they were all living double lives when they boarded the plane: Blake, a respectable family man who works as a contract killer. Slimboy, a Nigerian pop star who uses his womanizing image to hide that he’s gay. Joanna, a Black American lawyer pressured to play the good old boys’ game to succeed with her Big Pharma client. Victor Miesel, a critically acclaimed yet largely obscure writer suddenly on the precipice of global fame. About to start their descent to JFK, they hit a shockingly violent patch of turbulence, emerging on the other side to a reality both perfectly familiar and utterly strange. As it charts the fallout of this logic-defying event, The Anomaly takes us on a journey from Lagos and Mumbai to the White House and a top-secret hangar. In Hervé Le Tellier’s most ambitious work yet, high literature follows the lead of a bingeable Netflix series, drawing on the best of genre fiction from “chick lit” to mystery, while also playfully critiquing their hallmarks. An ingenious, timely variation on the doppelgänger theme, it taps into the parts of ourselves that elude us most. Winner of the Prix Goncourt and now an international phenomenon.

Author: Hervé Le Tellier, Publisher: Other Press 

THE NATION OF PLANTS Even if they behave as though they were, humans are not the masters of the Earth, but only one of its most irksome residents. From the moment of their arrival, about three hundred thousand years ago—nothing when compared to the history of life on our planet—humans have succeeded in changing the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. The causes of this reckless behavior are in part inherent in their predatory nature, but they also depend on our total incomprehension of the rules that govern a community of living beings. We behave like children who wreak havoc, unaware of the significance of the things they are playing with. In The Nation of Plants, the most important, widespread, and powerful nation on Earth finally gets to speak. Like attentive parents, plants, after making it possible for us to live, have come to our aid once again, giving us their rules: the first Universal Declaration of Rights of Living Beings written by the plants. A short charter based on the general principles that regulate the common life of plants, it establishes norms applicable to all living beings. Compared to our constitutions, which place humans at the center of the entire juridical reality, in conformity with an anthropocentricism that reduces to things all that is not human, plants offer us a revolution. From an article in The Guardian: “His work is contentious, he says, because it calls into question the superiority of humans.”

Author: Stefano Mancuso, Publisher: Other Press 

BEIRUT 2020: DIARY OF THE COLLAPSE At the start of the summer of 2020, in a Lebanon ruined by economic crisis and political corruption, in an exhausted Beirut still rising up for true democracy while the world was paralyzed by the coronavirus, Charif Majdalani set about writing a journal. He intended to bear witness to this terrible, confusing time, and perhaps endure it by putting it into words. Using small, everyday interactions—with fellow restaurant patrons, repairmen, the father of his wife’s patient, a young Syrian refugee—as openings to address larger systemic problems, he explains how events in Lebanon’s recent history led to this point. Then, on August 4, the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut devastated the city and the country. Majdalani’s chronicle suddenly became a record of the catastrophe, which left more than two hundred dead and thousands injured, and the massive public outcry that followed. In the midst of the senseless chaos and grief, however, he continues to find cause for hope in the kindness and resilience of those determined to stay and rebuild.

Author: Charif Majdalani, Publisher: Other Press 

BARRACOON En 1927, la jeune anthropologue Zora Neale Hurston part en Alabama rencontrer Cudjo Lewis. À quatre-vingt-six ans, Cudjo est l’ultime survivant du dernier convoi négrier qui a quitté les côtes du Dahomey pour l’Amérique. Pendant des mois, Zora Neale Hurston va recueillir sa parole, devenir son amie, partager ses souffrances. Le témoignage de Cudjo restitue comme nul autre la condition d’un esclave : de sa capture en 1859 à sa terrifiante traversée, de ses années d’esclavage jusqu’à la guerre de Sécession, puis son combat pour son émancipation.

Author: Zora Neale Hurston, Publisher: Le Livre de Poche 

FRENCH PASTRY MADE SIMPLE Unleash your inner pastry chef with Molly Wilkinson’s approachable recipes for all of your French favorites. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Molly takes the most essential techniques and makes them easy for home bakers, resulting in a collection of simple, key recipes that open up the world of pastry. With friendly, detailed directions and brilliant shortcuts, you can skip the pastry shop and enjoy delicious homemade creations. Watch the Book Room’s event calendar to find out when Molly will come present her book in person.

Author: Molly Wilkinson,  Publisher: Page Street Publishing, author’s website

WHILE PARIS SLEPT Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, resilience, and courage when all seems lost. Exploring the strength of family ties, and what it really means to love someone unconditionally, this debut novel will capture your heart. One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history. Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman’s past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. On a darkened platform, two destinies become intertwined, and the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined. Includes a Reading Group Guide. Watch Book Room’s event calendar to find out when Ruth will come present her book in person.

Author: Ruth DruartEnglish language Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Traduction française: L’Enfant du train, City Edition 

EM’S AWFUL GOOD FORTUNE I’m not sure if this title is ironic or not – it could be ironic in that many people view overseas assignments as good fortune, but for Em it was awful or it could refer without irony to the ultimately happy ending. Maybe it’s both… Paris! Tokyo! Hong Kong! Shanghai! Em’s husband Gee accepts a series of exciting overseas jobs that take the family from pillar to post. But Em and the kids Ruby and Rio would really rather stay at home. He takes the jobs it because it is how he provides for his family and he can’t find gigs at home. Em hates it because her life and career are put on hold as she feels she is relegated to be mom, nanny and organizer of overseas moves. The husband and trailing spouse have different points of view which leads Em to find some relief and happiness in an affair with Bleu in Paris. The affair leads Em and Gee to seek marriage counseling and they find their therapist in FUSAC! This nonlinear story is a novel but it’s also a reflection on the tagalong spouse. This is not your typical story full of glamour about the American abroad. What so many see from the exterior as a exciting opportunity turns out to be an all out struggle. Setting up life in a new place, with uneasy kids, not speaking the local language, multiple déménagements, constantly making new friends, uprooting again and again and lack of meaningful work or career is a long and lonely road not for the faint of heart and certainly not for a fragile marriage. Tagging along is an emotional roller coaster that affects the whole family. Perhaps the marriage counseling should’ve been done before the overseas move. At one point Em thinks “Every time Gee gets a new post I try to make it work, and it never does, not really. Someone always loses something. Tagalong math. Gee plus his job means me minus my career or me minus the kids. Or Ruby plus the house but minus her parents. Or Gee minus, well Gee never loses that’s the fundamental core of tagalong math.” In the long run the marriage survives but the author’s fierce, authentic and personal voice, comes through loud and clear with a message: marriage and especially a tagalong marriage can be a tough ride, you’ve been warned.

Author: Marcie Maxfield, Publisher: She Writes Press 

MONSIEUR PROUST’S LIBRARY Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a personage without a book in hand. Everybody in his work reads: servants and masters, children and parents, artists and physicians. The more sophisticated characters find it natural to speak in quotations. Proust made literary taste a means of defining personalities and gave literature an actual role to play in his novels. In this wonderfully entertaining book, scholar and biographer Anka Muhlstein, the author of Balzac’s Omelette, draws out these themes in Proust’s work and life, thus providing not only a friendly introduction to the momentous In Search of Lost Time, but also exciting highlights of some of the finest work in French literature. According to the San Francisco Book Review this is “ an easy and interesting read, even for the novice Proust scholar”.

Author: Anka Muhlstein, Publisher: Other Press 

THE FANTASTIC FRENCH From Coco Chanel to Voltaire, including Victor Hugo, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Monet and Gustave Eiffel, this book is a way for children to meet French celebrities while having some fun. Perfect for learning about French history and culture, and acquiring basic knowledge. Portraits, key dates, and funny and colourful illustrations are used to help you find out facts in a fun and accessible manner. A great companion for young and curious readers 7 years old and up!

Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de chemin 

FRENCH, CONVERSATION GUIDE FOR KIDS With this conversation guide, kids are going to have fun speaking French and doing it all by themselves, just like adults. Each word is presented here with a picture and a simplified phonetic pronunciation. Ideal for starting a conversation, making friends or surprising one’s parents. A real travel companion’s guide for young (and old) globetrotters. Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de Chemin 

J’APPRENDS A COMPTER Avec ce livre d’activités centré sur les chiffres qui est un des éléments qu’on apprends en premier quand on début l’apprentissage [d’une langue], les jeunes enfants pourront apprendre à compter de 1 à 20. Parfait pour ceux qui apprennent le français comme première ou deuxième langue). Sur chaque page, ils trouveront des choses à repérer et à compter et des jeux pour s’entraîner à écrire les nombres. Le cahier est fourni avec un feutre spécial (et un des astuces de l’éditeur), pour écrire et dessiner facilement sur les pages nettoyables, tout effacer et puis recommencer. Author: Elisa Ferro, Publisher: Usborne 

L’editeur Harrap’s revient avec plus de titres dans la collection Yes you can! (Romans en VO offrant des traductions en marge pour vous aider à bien comprendre le texte original) et Réussir.

  • THE MYSTERY KNIGHT Découvrez en VO le troisième volet des aventures de DUNK au royaume de WESTEROS. Author: George R.R. Martin
  • A STUDY IN SCARLET Les premières aventures de Sherlock Holmes dans ce recueil de nouvelles qui met en scène pour la première fois le célèbre détective et son acolyte John Watson en VO.  Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • DEBUTEZ L’ANGLAIS EN 5 MIN PAR JOUR Voici l’essentiel de la langue anglaise. Idéal pour tous ceux qui veulent pouvoir communiquer et se débrouiller en anglais dans toutes les situations de la vie quotidienne. Avec des phrases utiles adaptées à toutes les situations et des informations pratiques sur les habitudes anglaises. www.editions-larousse.fr/
  • REUSSIR EN ANGLAIS Un cahier de 64 pages ultra complet pour s’exercer à la compréhension de textes en anglais dès la classe de 3e. •Des extraits de romans et de nouvelles en Vo mais dans un anglais adapté au niveau des élèves de 3e •Des questions de compréhension •Des exercices variés, ludiques et progressifs pour s’entraîner en parfaite autonomie •Des astuces pour améliorer son anglais •Des listes de vocabulaire pour enrichir son lexique •Des corrigés détaillés de tous les exercices afin de bien comprendre et de progresser. www.editions-larousse.fr/

JE CONNAIS PEU DE MOTS Elisa Sartori questionne notre rapport à la langue, à l’apprentissage d’une langue étrangère. Comment la fait-on sienne ? Et si investir une nouvelle langue ne se limitait pas à l’acquisition d’une grammaire, mais représentait bien plus ? Il s’agit d’un leporello (un livre qui se déplie comme un accordéon), qui se déplie en 8 volets et se lit recto-verso (soit 16 planches) dans un mouvement circulaire pouvant se faire à l’infini… un peu comme l’apprentissage d’un langue qui n’est jamais fini a des haut et des bas, des moment de progrès et semblance de stagnation. L’apprentissage d’une langue n’est jamais finie, même pas sa langue maternelle. Author: Elisa Sartori, Publisher: CotCotCot Editions 

 

C’EST CA LA FRANCE ! « Donnez-moi la main, je vous emmène dans votre pays. » dit le français Frédéric Hermel qui vit en Espagne depuis près de trente ans mais reste profondément attaché à ses racines : la France et son Pas-de-Calais natal. Exilé volontaire, il visite dans cet ouvrage les petits et grands trésors de notre pays, ces merveilles du quotidien qui marquent notre différence mais que, souvent, nous ne savons plus voir ni apprécier. Chaque chapitre est construit comme un tableau dans lequel l’auteur brosse avec tendresse le portrait d’une particularité typiquement française : les bals du 14 Juillet, la passion du pain, le vouvoiement, le parfum, mais aussi les poèmes de Victor Hugo qu’on apprend à l’école ou l’attente fébrile du passage du Tour de France… Tous ces tableaux forment un musée imaginaire dans lequel le lecteur déambule le cœur léger. Un hymne vibrant à la France et à ses innombrables beautés.

Author: Frédéric Hermel, Publisher: Flammarion 

BELLES BALADES: Livre avec l’application Belles Balades offerte pour survoler le parcours, écoutez les chants des oiseaux et se géolocaliser. Parmi la série nous avons spécialement apprécier la CAMARGUE 20 BELLES BALADES pour découvrir la Camargue autrement ? En famille ou entre amis, parcourez les plus beaux sentiers de Camargue et découvrez une faune et une flore d’une richesse insoupçonnée. Et VOLCANS D’AUVERGNE vous fait marcher sur les volcans en France. Partez à la rencontre de cratères lunaires, coulées de laves, lacs volcaniques, forêts et vallées verdoyantes. En famille ou entre amis, explorez les plus beaux sites naturels d’Auvergne. Un musée du volcanisme à ciel ouvert → Des paysages époustouflants Chaîne des puys • Puy de Dôme • Monts du Cantal • Massif du Sancy • Monts Dore • Plateaux du Forez • Une nature protégée par 2 parcs naturels régionaux et 5 réserves naturelles. 

Publisher: Belles Balades 

PARIS AWAKENS Every morning, as the blue hour disappears, the day timidly appears. In this ephemeral moment, the street lamps are still it, giving off soft, warm colors while waiting for the gradual arrival of the sun. Without a sound, Paris wakes up gracefully, from the alleys to the Haussmannian boulevards, from the quays of the Seine to the old neighborhoods with emblematic monuments. The brief but timeless magic of Paris captured by photographer Jean-Luc Laimm. A book of perfect Paris photos empty of people like only the early morning allows, nary a scrap of litter, still waters and gentle light with bilingual English/French descriptive text. Quite a gem.

Author: Jean-Luc Laimm, Publisher: Laimm Editions

PARIS BY PHONE When Josephine Harris decides that Paris is where she really belongs, all it takes is a quick call on her magical phone to whisk her away. The city of lights has fancy cafés, baguettes under every arm, the Eiffel Tower, and a fabulous family who can’t wait to show her around. The city is a feast for the senses, but each new discovery brings a pang of melancholy. There’s something missing. Could it be the person who Josephine loves best–her own mother? Lovely lillustrations, whimsical English text with some simple French words, as story to take you on a trip and remind you there’s no place like home.

Author: Pamela Druckerman, Publisher: Penguin Random House 

MON TONTON TONY est incroyable ! Il a beaucoup voyagé, et a ramené plein de souvenirs de ses aventures. Mais chut il s’est endormi, c’est fatiguant les voyages ! Un livre cartonné de l’escargot voyageur pour les 0 à 3 ans.

Author: Isabelle Gil, Publisher: L’école des Loisirs 

A SUNDAY IN VILLE-D’AVRAY is a subtly haunting novel, in which a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb. Echoing the acclaimed and unsettling film Sundays and Cybèle from 1962, A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray is suffused with the same feeling of disquiet: Two sisters meet as the light is fading in a detached house in Ville-d’Avray, each filled with the memory of their childhood hopes and fears, their insatiable desire for the romantic, for wild landscapes worthy of Jane Eyre, and for a mad love, all concealed beneath the appearance of a sensible life. Claire Marie, considered by most to be a dreamy, passive sort of person, suddenly breaks from the everyday by confiding in her sister about an unlikely meeting in this seemingly peaceful provincial town. To her listener’s amazement, she tells of her wanderings around the Fausses-Reposes forest, the Corot Ponds, and the suburban train stations, and the lurking dangers she encountered there. In this arresting novel reminiscent of Simenon, Dominique Barbéris explores the great depths of the human soul, troubled like the waters of the ponds.

Author: Dominique Barbéris, Publisher: Other Press 

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

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 that we love. 

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection for the Holidays!

HERO OF TWO WORLDS Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist. As a teenager, Lafayette ran away from France to join the American Revolution. Returning home a national hero, he helped launch the French Revolution, eventually spending five years locked in dungeon prisons. After his release, Lafayette sparred with Napoleon, joined an underground conspiracy to overthrow King Louis XVIII, and became an international symbol of liberty. Finally, as a revered elder statesman, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty in the Revolution of 1830. From enthusiastic youth to world-weary old age, from the pinnacle of glory to the depths of despair, Lafayette never stopped fighting for the rights of all mankind. His remarkable life is the story of where we come from, and an inspiration to defend the ideals he held dear.

Author: Mike Duncan, Publisher: Public Affairs Books 

Also enjoy the website dedicated to Lafayette, memorabilia and the city of his birth in France: Chavaniac-Lafayette 

TIMELESS PARIS This is one beautiful book of beautiful things and places. The endpapers, the marbleized title page, the printing, not to mention the nook-and-cranny Parisian treasures themselves make upthisa dream compendium of old-world Parisian resources for everything from hand-ground pastels still made by the aptly named La Maison du Pastel where Toulouse Lautrec shopped, to Passementerie Verrier where every breathtaking polychrome braid, trim, and silky tassel is still handwoven and assembled as they have been for over a century. In Paris, enchantment awaits around every corner, and artist Marin Montagut marvels in discovering the ateliers and emporiums that pepper the capital. For centuries, the artisanal trades associated with the city have continued to hum uninterrupted in unique workshops seemingly untouched by time. Discover where talented artisans handcraft and sell their wares in charming Parisian studios and shops where the skill has been passed on for decades—or centuries—of continuous operation. These specialist purveyors provide unique products that inspire designers, artists, creative types of every description, and all aficionados of exceptional craftsmanship.The history of each treasured location is accompanied by ravishing photographs, and Montagut’s own irresistibly charming drawings, watercolors, and collages. Today, skilled craftspeople continue to work right in the heart of the city. From an artist’s studio hidden away in Montmartre to an antique shop in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and from a period hardware store to a cabinet of curiosities, Marin Montagut invites readers to follow him inside nineteen quintessentially Parisian locations that inspire and attest to the savoir faire that is the very essence of Parisian style. This book is published in both French and English versions.

Author: Marin Montagut, Publisher: Flammarion 

CHRISTIAN DIOR DESTINY Christian Dior is renowned as the architect of the New Look, the epitome of elegance and beauty. But Dior’s own life, privileged as it began in glittering Belle Époque France, was marked by loss and hardship through the Wall Street Crash and under the Occupation in World War II. From the extremes of both wealth and poverty, and using the talents he had developed amid the bohemian crowd of Paris’s left bank—his eye for fashion, skill as an illustrator, and gift for friendship—Christian Dior emerged, dynamic and more resolute than ever, to found the Maison Dior. His groundbreaking fashions brought style and joy back to the streets of Paris and the world. Maison Dior became a landmark—like the Eiffel Tower—evoking an image of Parisian chic that everyone wanted. In just ten years, Dior created an empire that spanned the globe : his was one of the first Parisian couture houses to become a truly international brand. Throughout this meteoric rise, Christian Dior was surrounded by a fiercely loyal group of friends and colleagues who shared in his successes and fears, and helped him to achieve his vision. But such drive took its toll, and Dior suffered a fatal heart attack at just fifty-two. This sensitive biography looks behind the accolades to understand the private Dior—the man who suffered loss but loved deeply, who was quiet in person, yet known for extravagant displays of generosity. He overcame his own challenges to share the unique, beguiling world of his imagination and, in doing so, revolutionized the fashion industry and the way women would dress forever after. This book is published in both French and English versions.

Author: Marie-France Pochna, Publisher: Flammarion 

HEARTS AT DAWN Paris, 1870. As the Franco-Prussian War enters its desperate final months, the capital transforms from a splendid metropolis into a city under siege. Lavish meals change to rations, pigeons deliver letters, and two destinies will collide, challenged by a seemingly unbreakable curse. Every night, New York aristocrat Orin Rush transforms into a monster. After learning that a human heart is the only way to break the curse, he keeps himself carefully distant from anyone he might hurt. Can he lift the enchantment without taking a life? His search for answers leads him to Paris. Every day, free-spirited Claire Turin photographs the people and animals of Paris. Fascinated by the city she loves, her greatest dream is a secret she keeps in her apartment. Her greatest fear is the emptiness of night, when she thinks of the family she’s lost. She’s never loved anyone else. Maybe she never will. Will Paris and its people survive the hardship of the Siege? Will Orin break the curse? And will two hearts who’ve never known love awaken in the City of Light?

Local Author: Alysa Salzberg

L’ECOLE DE LA BOULANGERIE Découvrez toutes les techniques pour pétrir, façonner et cuire le pain ! Les pains classiques et régionaux, les pains du monde, les recettes de snacking, les viennoiseries et les pâtisseries de boulanger… Du pétrissage à la mise au four : toutes les étapes pour réussir la préparation et la cuisson. Les différents modes de préfermentation : le levain liquide, le levain dur, la poolish, la pâte fermentée… Pour plusieurs recettes, des photos pas à pas afin de bien visualiser les gestes.

Author: Ecole Le Cordon Bleu, Publisher: Larousse 

TIMOTÉ CHERCHE ET TROUVE A NOËL Timoté est un petit lapin qui, au fil des albums, partage sa vie avec ses copains et sa famille. À travers 10 grandes scènes, on joue avec Timoté et on cherche, au fil des pages, tous les éléments qui font de Noël une fête magique ! Que de choses à observer ! Enfants 3 à 7 ans

Author: Emmanuelle Massonaud et Mélanie Combes, Publisher: Gründ 

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IN THE COMPANY OF MEN draws on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa. It is a poignant, timely fable that reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world. Two boys venture from their village to hunt in a nearby forest, where they shoot down bats with glee, and cook their prey over an open fire. Within a month, they are dead, bodies ravaged by an insidious disease that neither the local healer’s potions nor the medical team’s treatments could cure. Compounding the family’s grief, experts warn against touching the sick. But this caution comes too late: the virus spreads rapidly, and the boys’ father is barely able to send his eldest daughter away for a chance at survival. In a series of moving snapshots, Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic, through the eyes of those affected in myriad ways: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. And watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future. Acutely relevant to our times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, In the Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice.

Author: Véronique Tadjo, Publisher: Other Press

THE ANOMALY Who would we be if we had made different choices? Told that secret, left that relationship, written that book? We all wonder—the passengers of Air France 006 will find out. In their own way, they were all living double lives when they boarded the plane: Blake, a respectable family man who works as a contract killer. Slimboy, a Nigerian pop star who uses his womanizing image to hide that he’s gay. Joanna, a Black American lawyer pressured to play the good old boys’ game to succeed with her Big Pharma client. Victor Miesel, a critically acclaimed yet largely obscure writer suddenly on the precipice of global fame. About to start their descent to JFK, they hit a shockingly violent patch of turbulence, emerging on the other side to a reality both perfectly familiar and utterly strange. As it charts the fallout of this logic-defying event, The Anomaly takes us on a journey from Lagos and Mumbai to the White House and a top-secret hangar. In Hervé Le Tellier’s most ambitious work yet, high literature follows the lead of a bingeable Netflix series, drawing on the best of genre fiction from “chick lit” to mystery, while also playfully critiquing their hallmarks. An ingenious, timely variation on the doppelgänger theme, it taps into the parts of ourselves that elude us most. Winner of the Prix Goncourt and now an international phenomenon.

Author: Hervé Le Tellier, Publisher: Other Press 

THE NATION OF PLANTS Even if they behave as though they were, humans are not the masters of the Earth, but only one of its most irksome residents. From the moment of their arrival, about three hundred thousand years ago—nothing when compared to the history of life on our planet—humans have succeeded in changing the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. The causes of this reckless behavior are in part inherent in their predatory nature, but they also depend on our total incomprehension of the rules that govern a community of living beings. We behave like children who wreak havoc, unaware of the significance of the things they are playing with. In The Nation of Plants, the most important, widespread, and powerful nation on Earth finally gets to speak. Like attentive parents, plants, after making it possible for us to live, have come to our aid once again, giving us their rules: the first Universal Declaration of Rights of Living Beings written by the plants. A short charter based on the general principles that regulate the common life of plants, it establishes norms applicable to all living beings. Compared to our constitutions, which place humans at the center of the entire juridical reality, in conformity with an anthropocentricism that reduces to things all that is not human, plants offer us a revolution. From an article in The Guardian: “His work is contentious, he says, because it calls into question the superiority of humans.”

Author: Stefano Mancuso, Publisher: Other Press 

BEIRUT 2020: DIARY OF THE COLLAPSE At the start of the summer of 2020, in a Lebanon ruined by economic crisis and political corruption, in an exhausted Beirut still rising up for true democracy while the world was paralyzed by the coronavirus, Charif Majdalani set about writing a journal. He intended to bear witness to this terrible, confusing time, and perhaps endure it by putting it into words. Using small, everyday interactions—with fellow restaurant patrons, repairmen, the father of his wife’s patient, a young Syrian refugee—as openings to address larger systemic problems, he explains how events in Lebanon’s recent history led to this point. Then, on August 4, the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut devastated the city and the country. Majdalani’s chronicle suddenly became a record of the catastrophe, which left more than two hundred dead and thousands injured, and the massive public outcry that followed. In the midst of the senseless chaos and grief, however, he continues to find cause for hope in the kindness and resilience of those determined to stay and rebuild.

Author: Charif Majdalani, Publisher: Other Press 

BARRACOON En 1927, la jeune anthropologue Zora Neale Hurston part en Alabama rencontrer Cudjo Lewis. À quatre-vingt-six ans, Cudjo est l’ultime survivant du dernier convoi négrier qui a quitté les côtes du Dahomey pour l’Amérique. Pendant des mois, Zora Neale Hurston va recueillir sa parole, devenir son amie, partager ses souffrances. Le témoignage de Cudjo restitue comme nul autre la condition d’un esclave : de sa capture en 1859 à sa terrifiante traversée, de ses années d’esclavage jusqu’à la guerre de Sécession, puis son combat pour son émancipation.

Author: Zora Neale Hurston, Publisher: Le Livre de Poche 

FRENCH PASTRY MADE SIMPLE Unleash your inner pastry chef with Molly Wilkinson’s approachable recipes for all of your French favorites. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Molly takes the most essential techniques and makes them easy for home bakers, resulting in a collection of simple, key recipes that open up the world of pastry. With friendly, detailed directions and brilliant shortcuts, you can skip the pastry shop and enjoy delicious homemade creations. Watch the Book Room’s event calendar to find out when Molly will come present her book in person.

Author: Molly Wilkinson,  Publisher: Page Street Publishing, author’s website

WHILE PARIS SLEPT Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, resilience, and courage when all seems lost. Exploring the strength of family ties, and what it really means to love someone unconditionally, this debut novel will capture your heart. One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history. Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman’s past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. On a darkened platform, two destinies become intertwined, and the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined. Includes a Reading Group Guide. Watch Book Room’s event calendar to find out when Ruth will come present her book in person.

Author: Ruth DruartEnglish language Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Traduction française: L’Enfant du train, City Edition 

EM’S AWFUL GOOD FORTUNE I’m not sure if this title is ironic or not – it could be ironic in that many people view overseas assignments as good fortune, but for Em it was awful or it could refer without irony to the ultimately happy ending. Maybe it’s both… Paris! Tokyo! Hong Kong! Shanghai! Em’s husband Gee accepts a series of exciting overseas jobs that take the family from pillar to post. But Em and the kids Ruby and Rio would really rather stay at home. He takes the jobs it because it is how he provides for his family and he can’t find gigs at home. Em hates it because her life and career are put on hold as she feels she is relegated to be mom, nanny and organizer of overseas moves. The husband and trailing spouse have different points of view which leads Em to find some relief and happiness in an affair with Bleu in Paris. The affair leads Em and Gee to seek marriage counseling and they find their therapist in FUSAC! This nonlinear story is a novel but it’s also a reflection on the tagalong spouse. This is not your typical story full of glamour about the American abroad. What so many see from the exterior as a exciting opportunity turns out to be an all out struggle. Setting up life in a new place, with uneasy kids, not speaking the local language, multiple déménagements, constantly making new friends, uprooting again and again and lack of meaningful work or career is a long and lonely road not for the faint of heart and certainly not for a fragile marriage. Tagging along is an emotional roller coaster that affects the whole family. Perhaps the marriage counseling should’ve been done before the overseas move. At one point Em thinks “Every time Gee gets a new post I try to make it work, and it never does, not really. Someone always loses something. Tagalong math. Gee plus his job means me minus my career or me minus the kids. Or Ruby plus the house but minus her parents. Or Gee minus, well Gee never loses that’s the fundamental core of tagalong math.” In the long run the marriage survives but the author’s fierce, authentic and personal voice, comes through loud and clear with a message: marriage and especially a tagalong marriage can be a tough ride, you’ve been warned.

Author: Marcie Maxfield, Publisher: She Writes Press 

MONSIEUR PROUST’S LIBRARY Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a personage without a book in hand. Everybody in his work reads: servants and masters, children and parents, artists and physicians. The more sophisticated characters find it natural to speak in quotations. Proust made literary taste a means of defining personalities and gave literature an actual role to play in his novels. In this wonderfully entertaining book, scholar and biographer Anka Muhlstein, the author of Balzac’s Omelette, draws out these themes in Proust’s work and life, thus providing not only a friendly introduction to the momentous In Search of Lost Time, but also exciting highlights of some of the finest work in French literature. According to the San Francisco Book Review this is “ an easy and interesting read, even for the novice Proust scholar”.

Author: Anka Muhlstein, Publisher: Other Press 

THE FANTASTIC FRENCH From Coco Chanel to Voltaire, including Victor Hugo, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Monet and Gustave Eiffel, this book is a way for children to meet French celebrities while having some fun. Perfect for learning about French history and culture, and acquiring basic knowledge. Portraits, key dates, and funny and colourful illustrations are used to help you find out facts in a fun and accessible manner. A great companion for young and curious readers 7 years old and up!

Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de chemin 

FRENCH, CONVERSATION GUIDE FOR KIDS With this conversation guide, kids are going to have fun speaking French and doing it all by themselves, just like adults. Each word is presented here with a picture and a simplified phonetic pronunciation. Ideal for starting a conversation, making friends or surprising one’s parents. A real travel companion’s guide for young (and old) globetrotters. Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de Chemin 

J’APPRENDS A COMPTER Avec ce livre d’activités centré sur les chiffres qui est un des éléments qu’on apprends en premier quand on début l’apprentissage [d’une langue], les jeunes enfants pourront apprendre à compter de 1 à 20. Parfait pour ceux qui apprennent le français comme première ou deuxième langue). Sur chaque page, ils trouveront des choses à repérer et à compter et des jeux pour s’entraîner à écrire les nombres. Le cahier est fourni avec un feutre spécial (et un des astuces de l’éditeur), pour écrire et dessiner facilement sur les pages nettoyables, tout effacer et puis recommencer. Author: Elisa Ferro, Publisher: Usborne 

L’editeur Harrap’s revient avec plus de titres dans la collection Yes you can! (Romans en VO offrant des traductions en marge pour vous aider à bien comprendre le texte original) et Réussir.

  • THE MYSTERY KNIGHT Découvrez en VO le troisième volet des aventures de DUNK au royaume de WESTEROS. Author: George R.R. Martin
  • A STUDY IN SCARLET Les premières aventures de Sherlock Holmes dans ce recueil de nouvelles qui met en scène pour la première fois le célèbre détective et son acolyte John Watson en VO.  Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • DEBUTEZ L’ANGLAIS EN 5 MIN PAR JOUR Voici l’essentiel de la langue anglaise. Idéal pour tous ceux qui veulent pouvoir communiquer et se débrouiller en anglais dans toutes les situations de la vie quotidienne. Avec des phrases utiles adaptées à toutes les situations et des informations pratiques sur les habitudes anglaises. www.editions-larousse.fr/
  • REUSSIR EN ANGLAIS Un cahier de 64 pages ultra complet pour s’exercer à la compréhension de textes en anglais dès la classe de 3e. •Des extraits de romans et de nouvelles en Vo mais dans un anglais adapté au niveau des élèves de 3e •Des questions de compréhension •Des exercices variés, ludiques et progressifs pour s’entraîner en parfaite autonomie •Des astuces pour améliorer son anglais •Des listes de vocabulaire pour enrichir son lexique •Des corrigés détaillés de tous les exercices afin de bien comprendre et de progresser. www.editions-larousse.fr/

JE CONNAIS PEU DE MOTS Elisa Sartori questionne notre rapport à la langue, à l’apprentissage d’une langue étrangère. Comment la fait-on sienne ? Et si investir une nouvelle langue ne se limitait pas à l’acquisition d’une grammaire, mais représentait bien plus ? Il s’agit d’un leporello (un livre qui se déplie comme un accordéon), qui se déplie en 8 volets et se lit recto-verso (soit 16 planches) dans un mouvement circulaire pouvant se faire à l’infini… un peu comme l’apprentissage d’un langue qui n’est jamais fini a des haut et des bas, des moment de progrès et semblance de stagnation. L’apprentissage d’une langue n’est jamais finie, même pas sa langue maternelle. Author: Elisa Sartori, Publisher: CotCotCot Editions 

 

C’EST CA LA FRANCE ! « Donnez-moi la main, je vous emmène dans votre pays. » dit le français Frédéric Hermel qui vit en Espagne depuis près de trente ans mais reste profondément attaché à ses racines : la France et son Pas-de-Calais natal. Exilé volontaire, il visite dans cet ouvrage les petits et grands trésors de notre pays, ces merveilles du quotidien qui marquent notre différence mais que, souvent, nous ne savons plus voir ni apprécier. Chaque chapitre est construit comme un tableau dans lequel l’auteur brosse avec tendresse le portrait d’une particularité typiquement française : les bals du 14 Juillet, la passion du pain, le vouvoiement, le parfum, mais aussi les poèmes de Victor Hugo qu’on apprend à l’école ou l’attente fébrile du passage du Tour de France… Tous ces tableaux forment un musée imaginaire dans lequel le lecteur déambule le cœur léger. Un hymne vibrant à la France et à ses innombrables beautés.

Author: Frédéric Hermel, Publisher: Flammarion 

BELLES BALADES: Livre avec l’application Belles Balades offerte pour survoler le parcours, écoutez les chants des oiseaux et se géolocaliser. Parmi la série nous avons spécialement apprécier la CAMARGUE 20 BELLES BALADES pour découvrir la Camargue autrement ? En famille ou entre amis, parcourez les plus beaux sentiers de Camargue et découvrez une faune et une flore d’une richesse insoupçonnée. Et VOLCANS D’AUVERGNE vous fait marcher sur les volcans en France. Partez à la rencontre de cratères lunaires, coulées de laves, lacs volcaniques, forêts et vallées verdoyantes. En famille ou entre amis, explorez les plus beaux sites naturels d’Auvergne. Un musée du volcanisme à ciel ouvert → Des paysages époustouflants Chaîne des puys • Puy de Dôme • Monts du Cantal • Massif du Sancy • Monts Dore • Plateaux du Forez • Une nature protégée par 2 parcs naturels régionaux et 5 réserves naturelles. 

Publisher: Belles Balades 

PARIS AWAKENS Every morning, as the blue hour disappears, the day timidly appears. In this ephemeral moment, the street lamps are still it, giving off soft, warm colors while waiting for the gradual arrival of the sun. Without a sound, Paris wakes up gracefully, from the alleys to the Haussmannian boulevards, from the quays of the Seine to the old neighborhoods with emblematic monuments. The brief but timeless magic of Paris captured by photographer Jean-Luc Laimm. A book of perfect Paris photos empty of people like only the early morning allows, nary a scrap of litter, still waters and gentle light with bilingual English/French descriptive text. Quite a gem.

Author: Jean-Luc Laimm, Publisher: Laimm Editions

PARIS BY PHONE When Josephine Harris decides that Paris is where she really belongs, all it takes is a quick call on her magical phone to whisk her away. The city of lights has fancy cafés, baguettes under every arm, the Eiffel Tower, and a fabulous family who can’t wait to show her around. The city is a feast for the senses, but each new discovery brings a pang of melancholy. There’s something missing. Could it be the person who Josephine loves best–her own mother? Lovely lillustrations, whimsical English text with some simple French words, as story to take you on a trip and remind you there’s no place like home.

Author: Pamela Druckerman, Publisher: Penguin Random House 

MON TONTON TONY est incroyable ! Il a beaucoup voyagé, et a ramené plein de souvenirs de ses aventures. Mais chut il s’est endormi, c’est fatiguant les voyages ! Un livre cartonné de l’escargot voyageur pour les 0 à 3 ans.

Author: Isabelle Gil, Publisher: L’école des Loisirs 

A SUNDAY IN VILLE-D’AVRAY is a subtly haunting novel, in which a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb. Echoing the acclaimed and unsettling film Sundays and Cybèle from 1962, A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray is suffused with the same feeling of disquiet: Two sisters meet as the light is fading in a detached house in Ville-d’Avray, each filled with the memory of their childhood hopes and fears, their insatiable desire for the romantic, for wild landscapes worthy of Jane Eyre, and for a mad love, all concealed beneath the appearance of a sensible life. Claire Marie, considered by most to be a dreamy, passive sort of person, suddenly breaks from the everyday by confiding in her sister about an unlikely meeting in this seemingly peaceful provincial town. To her listener’s amazement, she tells of her wanderings around the Fausses-Reposes forest, the Corot Ponds, and the suburban train stations, and the lurking dangers she encountered there. In this arresting novel reminiscent of Simenon, Dominique Barbéris explores the great depths of the human soul, troubled like the waters of the ponds.

Author: Dominique Barbéris, Publisher: Other Press 

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

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.