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

Each week in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published English books that we love. This week we’re taking a practical bent.

MES 1000 PREMIERS MOTS EN ANGLAIS Ce livre attrayant, aux illustrations pleines de charme et d’humour, invite les jeunes enfants à se familiariser avec leurs premiers mots d’anglais. Au fil des pages, ils découvriront mille mots et images du quotidien et de nombreux détails à observer et à commenter. Les codes QR permettent en outre d’écouter la prononciation correcte des mots en anglais britannique. Dès 3 ans.

Author: Jane Bingham, Publisher: Usborne

LES ELECTIONS Questions-Réponses. Every 5 years we need either a review or a fresh understanding of the this month long effervescence. Now that the presidential election has gone by we’re headed to two rounds of Parliamentary elections. To find out how the French elections work there’s nothing better than a kid’s book – especially for non-French speakers. This one is destined for French kids over 7 and we find it just perfect for anyone 7 to 77. Qu’est-ce qu’une élection ? Tous les étrangers vivant en France votent-ils ? Pourquoi certains électeurs s’abstiennent-ils ? Comment fait-on campagne ? Qu’est-ce qu’une liste électorale ? Maire, est-ce un métier? On vote aussi dans les pays où il y a un roi ? C’est quoi, être citoyen de l’Europe ? 32 questions pour découvrir comment se préparent des élections, comment et où elles se passent, qui peut voter, qui on élit et pour quoi faire. En bonus les portraits des présidents de la Ve République. Et un quiz ludique pour coller ses parents et amis !

Author: Sylvie Baussier, Maud Riemann, Publisher: Nathan 

U.S. TAXES FOR WORLDLY AMERICANS Are you a citizen of the United States who lives abroad? You probably know America is one of only two countries that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, regardless of where they live or work. If you’re thinking about becoming a digital nomad or expatriating to another country, do you know how to avoid paying unfair taxes on your income while abroad? There may be huge penalties and tax evasion charges if you don’t file correctly. By combining the right strategies for citizenship, residency, banking, incorporation, and physical presence in other countries, most Americans abroad can legally lower their U.S. tax owing to $0. In U.S. Taxes for Worldly Americans, Certified Public Accountant, U.S. immigrant, expat, and perpetual traveler Olivier Wagner shows you how to use 100% legal strategies (beyond traditionally maligned « tax havens ») to keep your income and assets safe from the IRS. Olivier covers a wealth of international tax information updated for 2019, including: · Step-by-step instructions for the Forms and Schedules you will use to file your offshore tax, no matter where you are. · How to qualify for special deductions, credits, and exemptions on international taxation. · Why opening bank accounts and corporations in foreign countries is easier than you think. · How residency or citizenship in another country can legally lower your taxes. · How your spouse and children (whether American or of another nationality) affect your tax situation. · Practical advice for moving, living, and working with tax-free income in other parts of the world. · What to consider before renouncing your American citizenship and saying goodbye to the IRS for good. As a non-resident American, there is no single easy answer to lower your taxes. If you don’t understand every possibility, you could end up paying too much. Embrace a worldly lifestyle with confidence as you master the U.S. tax system for Americans living overseas.

Author: Olivier Wagner, Publisher: Identity Publications 

PARIS REVISITED THE GUIDE FOR THE RETURN TRAVELER Whether you’re returning to Paris or want to get it right the first time, award-winning author Gary Lee Kraut will lead you on a captivating exploration of the world’s most revisitable city. This guide maybe a few years old, but Gary’s insider tips are so interesting that we can’t leave it out. you can findit at the book room for a just a few euros.

Author: Gary Lee Kraut, Publisher: Words Trabes Intl. Press

Not all Bunny Books are for Kids:

ELOGE DU LAPIN Animal de compagnie ou proie de prédilection, allégorie de la dépravation ou symbole de pureté… Le lapin est loin de n’être qu’une petite bête attendrissante peuplant nos campagnes. Omniprésente dans les cultures du monde entier, cette boule de poils n’a pas fini de nous surprendre. Emblème sexuel brandi dans Playboy, redoutable guerrier samouraï, modèle inattendu de nature morte ou encore figure littéraire et cinématographique, le lagomorphe en dit long sur nos civilisations ! Dans ce texte ludique qu’instructif, nous traversons les époques et les continents à la poursuite de notre héros malicieux et bondissant. Ce joli livre, à acheter juste pour le dessin de la couverture, a était publié en octobre 2021.

Author: Stéphanie Hochet, Publisher: Rivages 

WATERSHIP DOWN Something terrible is about to happen to the warren – Fiver feels sure of it. And Fiver’s sixth sense is never wrong, according to his brother Hazel. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all… This much-loved tale of courage and survival is now a beautiful new animated series for television, full of excitement and adventure – perfect for all the family to enjoy.

Author: Richard Adams, Publisher: Puffin Books, 4€ in the Book Room

THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES This book is not really about bunnies or a hare, but it was inspired by one. Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive over a couple hundred years. And so begins The Hare with Amber Eyes. In this moving memoir and detective story de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire. A New York Times Bestseller, Costa biography prize-winnder and an Economist Book of the Year.

Author: Edmund de Waal, Publisher: Picador, 4€ in the Book Room

ES-TU LA, PETIT LAPIN ? Sur chaque page, une découpe laisse apercevoir le petit lapin qui semble se cacher à la page suivante et … qui n’a plus rien d’un lapin dès qu’on tourne la page. Les très jeunes enfants ne se lasseront pas de scruter les illustrations pour retrouver la trace de ce lapin insaisissable et rencontrer d’autres animaux. Une nouvelle collection qui séduira les fans de la collection Les tout-doux Usborne. Une belle idée de cadeau pour les tout-petits.

Author: Sam Taplin, Publisher: Usborne

LA PEINTURE MAGIQUE PÂQUES Il suffit de passer le pinceau trempé dans un peu d’eau sur les illustrations en noir et blanc pour faire apparaître les couleurs du printemps et animer les scènes imagées remplies de lapins et d’œufs de Pâques. Les couleurs du printemps apparaissent comme par enchantement lorsqu’on passe le pinceau trempé dans un peu d’eau sur les illustrations en noir et blanc de ce livre de coloriage magique. Des poussins, des lapins et des œufs de Pâques font partie des surprises que les enfants aimeront découvrir au fil des pages.

Author: Brenda Cole, Publisher: Usborne, 4€ in the Book Room

THE RUNAWAY BUNNY “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.  With a soft, padded cover, rounded edges, and sturdy board book pages, this edition is perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers.

Author: Margaret Wise Brown, Publisher: Harper Collins,  3€ in the Book Room

BUNNIES IN THE BATHROOM Mandy’s new friend John is crazy about rabbits! He’s got his heart set on Button and Barney, two baby rabbits in the local pet shop. But when he goes to buy them, they’ve already been sold! Mandy and James decide to track down the new owner and try to get the bunnies back…

Author: Ben M. Baglio, Publisher: Scholastic, 3€ in the Book Room

J’AI L’ENERGIE D’UNE LIONNE DANS UN CORPS D’OISEAU A new novel called “I have the Energy of a Lion in the Body of a Bird”, based on the life of Rosa Bonheur, has been written by historian/biographer Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin. It is a delight to read and places Rosa in the context of the tumultuous and exciting events of the 19th century. My goodness she saw a lot: Living from 1822 to 1899 she saw the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, 3 kings, 2 republics, 1 empire, epidemics, Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris, the Prussian invasion and the siege of Paris! Not to mention the new inventions of steamships, railroads (Rosa’s companion Nathalie Micas developed a railroad brake!), photography (which was one of Rosa’s hobbies), the building of the Eiffel Tower and the arrival of electricity (Rosa had a power plant built on her property!). Bonheur knew Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Buffalo Bill and so many other big players in the cultural world. Here is the synopsis of the book which has been published in French. It has some 19th century terms but is generally an uncomplicated level of reading. It is available in Bill & Rosa’s Book Room Library for borrowing.

Vestale de l’art, égérie du féminisme, éprise de liberté et d’idéal, Rosa Bonheur s’imposa comme la plus célèbre artiste animalière au XIXe. Elle connut une carrière fulgurante et vécut un amour fou avec Sir Edwin Landser, le plus grand peintre et sculpteur britannique de son temps, qui nous est pour la première fois révélé. De Paris à Londres, de l’Écosse à la French Riviera, des abattoirs et bas-fonds de la capitale aux ateliers d’artistes et salons mondains jusqu’à son « sanctuaire » à Thomery, Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin nous emporte sur les traces de Rosa Bonheur au fil d’un roman virevoltant qui fait revivre l’artiste et la femme. Une fresque haute en couleur qui nous plonge dans la grande Histoire et l’intimité de Rosa Bonheur, un être de passion et de conviction.

Author : Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin, Publisher : Éditions Albin Michel

THE HEART: FRIDA KAHLO IN PARIS In 1938, just as she was leaving Mexico for her first solo exhibition in New York, Frida Kahlo was devastated to learn from her husband, Diego Rivera, that he intended to divorce her. This latest blow followed a long series of betrayals, most painful of all his affair with her beloved younger sister, Cristina, in 1934. In early 1939, anxious and adrift, Kahlo traveled from the United States to France—her only trip to Europe, and the beginning of a unique period of her life when she was enjoying success on her own. Now, for the first time, this previously overlooked part of her story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean (director, author, photographer and scenographer) takes the reader to Paris, where Kahlo spends her days alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp. Using Kahlo’s whirlwind romance with the author’s father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris provides a striking portrait of the artist and an inside look at the history of one of her most powerful, enigmatic paintings. “An intimate portrait of the artist and her time in the lively 1930s surrealist scene.” —New York Times Book Review

Author: Marc Petitjean, Publisher: Other Press 

MY (PART-TIME) PARIS LIFE Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves. Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter’s life―maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own, and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother―and her mother’s expectations? Desperate for answers, she reaches for a lifeline in the form of an apartment in Paris, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as a lurching act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. But how can you imagine a life bigger than anything you’ve ever known? In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-Time) Paris Life is for anyone who’s ever felt lost or hopeless, but still holds out hope of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman’s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness. Win a copy of this book and a copy of 90+ Ways You Know You’re Becoming French by following our instagram posts @bookroomparis

Author: Lisa Anselmo, Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press 

THE CHILD IS THE TEACHER Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy, Maria Montessori would grow up to embody almost every trait men of her era detested in the fairer sex. She was self-confident, strong-willed, and had a fiery temper at a time when women were supposed to be soft and pliable. She studied until she became a doctor at a time when female graduates in Italy provoked outright scandal. She never wanted to marry or have children—the accepted destiny for all women of her milieu in late nineteenth-century bourgeois Rome—and when she became pregnant by a colleague of hers, she gave up her son to continue pursuing her career. At around age thirty, Montessori was struck by the condition of children in the slums of Rome’s San Lorenzo neighborhood, and realized what she wanted to do with her life: change the school, and therefore the world, through a new approach to the child’s mind. In spite of the resistance she faced from all sides—scientists accused her of being too mystical, and the clergy of being too scientific, traditionalists of giving children too much freedom, and anarchists of giving them too much structure—she would garner acclaim and establish the influential Montessori method, which is now practiced throughout the world. A thorough, nuanced portrait of this often controversial woman, The Child Is the Teacher is the first biographical work on Maria Montessori written by an author who is not a member of the Montessori movement, but who has been granted access to original letters, diaries, notes, and texts written by Montessori herself, including an array of previously unpublished material.

Author: Christina De Stefano, Publisher: Other Press

TOUT-PETIT MONTESSORI Pour observer, associer et nommer les animaux de la savane africaine et leurs petits. Les images classifiées, à la base de la pédagogie Montessori, vont aider le tout-petit à développer son langage. Dans ce coffret, elles lui permettront de découvrir les animaux de la savane africaine et leurs petits, de les nommer, et d’enrichir son vocabulaire. Les images, réalistes, lui permettront d’observer en détails les différences entre mâles, femelles, petits. Ce coffret Montessori contient : 30 cartes pour constituer 10 familles d’animaux : lion, girafe, éléphant, hippopotame, rhinocéros, zèbre, buffle, gnou, autruche, guépard et 1 livret pour guider les parents. Un coffret Montessori pour les bébés dès 12 mois.

Author: Delphine Roubieu, Publisher: Nathan 

BORN OF NO WOMAN In this gothic tale reminiscent of Faulkner’s Light in August, a young woman’s journals divulge the horrible secrets of a wealthy family in late nineteenth-century rural France. Before he is called to bless the body of a woman at the nearby asylum, Father Gabriel receives a strange, troubling confession: hidden under her dress he will find the notebooks that contain Rose’s harrowing story. At fourteen years old, Rose is sold to a rich man by her father, a farmer unable to support her and her three younger sisters. Traded for a handful of coins, she becomes the property of the master and is taken away without warning to her new home. This isolated manor that seems like a castle to Rose, with the master’s formidable mother and his absent wife, immediately provokes a sense of unease. Rose soon becomes caught in their perverse web, unsure of how to escape and whom she can trust. The English-language debut of critically acclaimed French author Franck Bouysse (Elle Readers’ Grand Prize, the Booksellers’ Prize, and the Prix Babelio), this exquisitely written novel is both a keen commentary on class and a chilling horror story. Deftly navigating the complexities of desire, abuse, compassion, and resilience, he has created a timeless portrait of human nature left to fester unseen. The Guardian: Best Translated Fiction.

Author: Franck Bouysse, Publisher: Other Press 

ULYSSES, AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION Maybe now we can endeavor to read Ulysses! It is time now that this hinge in litterature is a century old. The book has inspired many other artists over the years. The neo-figurative artist Eduardo Arroyo (1937–2018), regarded today as one of the greatest Spanish painters of his generation, dreamed of illustrating James Joyce’s Ulysses. Although he began work on the project in 1989, it was never published during his lifetime: Stephen James Joyce, Joyce’s grandson and the infamously protective executor of his estate, refused to allow it, arguing that his grandfather would never have wanted the novel illustrated. In fact, a limited run appeared in 1935 with lithographs by Henri Matisse, which reportedly infuriated Joyce when he realized that Matisse, not having actually read the book, had merely depicted scenes from Homer’s Odyssey. Now available for the first time in English, this unique edition of the classic novel features three hundred images created by Arroyo—vibrant, eclectic drawings, paintings, and collages that reflect and amplify the energy of Joyce’s writing. This strikingly illustrated edition presents Joyce’s epic novel in a new, more accessible light, while showcasing the incredible talent of a leading Spanish artist. 

Author: James Joyce,  Publisher: Other Press

1984, La meilleure dystopie du XXe siècle dans une nouvelle traduction en français de ce classique anglosaxon en édition illustrée. Winston Smith, obscur tâcheron au ministère de la Vérité, réécrit le passé et envoie dûment dans le vide-mémoire les documents devenus obsolètes. Le Parti a toujours raison et aucun fait ne doit le contredire. Comment penser, aimer, savourer la beauté ou dire que deux et deux font quatre dans un État qui a pris le contrôle de la réalité, de votre mémoire, de votre langue même ?

Author: George Orwell,  Publisher: Editions Larousse 

EVERY LEAF A HALLELUJAH Mangoshi lives with her mom and dad in a village near the forest. When her mom becomes ill, Mangoshi knows only one thing can help her—a special flower that grows deep in the forest. The little girl needs all her courage when she sets out alone to find and bring back the flower, and all her kindness to overpower the dangers she encounters on the quest. Ben Okri brings the power of his mystic vision to a timely story that weaves together wonder, adventure, and environmentalism. An environmental fairytale that speaks eloquently to the most pressing issues of our times, from Nigerian author Ben Okri, Booker Prize–winning author of “The Famished Road”.

Author: Ben Okri, Publisher: Other Press

Originally published in 1995, the now classic ASTONISHING THE GODS is being republished in March in conjuction with Ben Okri’s new story for children EVERY LEAF A HALLELUJAH. Considered by the BBC’s “100 Novels That Shaped Our World,” to be a much-needed fable that could change how we see ourselves and our reality. A young man finds himself among invisible beings who have built a world based on one principle: that we must repeat every experience until we live it fully for the first time. “Only then can we find what we didn’t seek and go where we don’t intend to go.” Ben Okri navigates the world at once as a writer, an artist, a musician, and a philosopher—in the process, he challenges our craving for the visual and the concrete. We read him not only with our eyes but also with our senses, our intuition. As his story unfolds we begin to inhabit the ineffable land that he creates, our imagination led to a place where what we once thought were fundamental truths are turned magically on their heads. In the difficult times we live in, in an age decimated by injustice and inequality, Okri brings unexpected insights as meaningful as they are transformative. “Maybe what seeks us is better than what we seek.”

Author: Ben Okri, Publisher: Other Press

THE TEMPEST Retrouvez le texte en VO de la célèbre pièce de William Shakespeare et sur la page d’en face le texte dans sa traduction française. Chaque strophe étant un véritable poème usant de nombreuses rimes et de contractions, il est préférable de ne pas traduire mot à mot la langue de Shakespeare. Rien de mieux donc que de son équivalent dans un français poétique ! Un excellent outil pédagogique pour lire en VO une oeuvre phare mais complexe, tout en comprenant la syntaxe et la créativité linguistique grâce à sa traduction en français. Plongez-vous ainsi dans la célèbre « Tempest » !

Author: William Shakespeare,  Publisher: Editions Larousse 

GENESIS AND REVISION IN MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH WRITERS. To better understand the classics and better understand the writing process we suggest this unusually diverse collection of ten essays, devoted to British and Irish writers and poets from 1895 to the present. The collection explores many aspects of the creative process, from inspiration to publication and beyond. The volume shows how writers’ manuscripts and revisions give us a better understanding of their published work by drawing on unpublished archival sources to unveil, across genre and gender, the intricacies of their craft. It examines how the paper medium and writing implements influence the act of composition; reveals the latest developments in such fields as life writing and digital humanities―especially how modern scholars, through the filter of hypertext, revisit modernist texts, or respond to newly-found material; and analyzes the hidden handwork, be it throughout the writer’s exhaustive self-editing process or the writer-editor collaboration. Finally, it captures an award-winning poet and a living novelist reflecting upon their craft and work in progress. Available for just 20€ in the Book Room (regular bookstore and even Amazon price: 59-89€). 

Editors: Jonathan Bloom and Catherine Rovera,  Publisher: Palgrave McMillan

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.  When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, which won him the National book Award, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Author: Colson Whitehead, Publisher: Turtleback, 2018. 4€ at the Book Room

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO In his final years, Baldwin envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project had never been published before acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined Baldwin’s oeuvre to compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Peck weaves these texts together, brilliantly imagining the book that Baldwin never wrote with selected published and unpublished passages, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America. This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Author: James Baldwin, Publisher: Vintage International. 2016. 5€ at the Book Room

NEGROLAND Author MargoJefferson takes us into an insular and discerning society: “I call it Negroland,” she writes, “because I still find ‘Negro’ a word of wonders, glorious and terrible.” Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. Negroland’s pedigree dates back generations, having originated with antebellum free blacks who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South. It evolved into a world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs—a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements, where the Talented Tenth positioned themselves as a third race between whites and “the masses of Negros,” and where the motto was “Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment.” Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions, while reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments—the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the falsehood of post-racial America. National Book Critics Circle Award. An extraordinary look at privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America by the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic.

Author: Margo Jefferson, Publisher: Vintage Books. 2015. 8€ at the Book Room

BOUND FOR CANAAN: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad. An important book of epic scope on America’s first racially integrated, religiously-inspired political movement for change—The Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. For most, the mention of the Underground Railroad evokes images of hidden tunnels, midnight rides, and hairsbreadth escapes. Yet the Underground Railroad’s epic story is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country’s westward expansion,which brought together Easterners who had engaged in slavery primarily in the abstract alongside slaveholding Southerners and their slaves, arose a clash of values that evolved into a fierce fight for nothing less than the country’s soul. Beginning six decades before the Civil War, freedom-seeking blacks and pious whites worked together to save tens of thousands of lives, often at the risk of great physical danger to themselves. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only subverted federal law but also went against prevailing mores. Flawlessly researched and uncommonly engaging, Bound for Canaan, shows why it was the Underground Railroad and not the Civil Rights movement that gave birth to this country’s first racially-integrated, religiously-inspired movement for social change.

Author: Fergus M. Bordewich, Publisher: HarperCollins. 2005. 7€ at the Book Room

OBAMA FROM PROMISE TO POWER Barack Obama is arguably the most dynamic political figure to grace the American stage since John F. Kennedy. His meteoric rise from promise to power has stunned even the cynics and inspired a legion of devout followers. For anyone who wants to know more about the man, David Mendell’s Obama is essential reading. Mendell, who covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune, had far-reaching access to the Chicago politician as Obama climbed the ladder to the White House, the details of which he shares in this compelling biography. Positioning Obama as the savior of a fumbling Democratic party, Mendell reveals how Obama conquered Illinois politics and paved the way brick by brick for a galvanizing, historic presidential run. With a new afterword by the author, which includes a fresh perspective on Barack Obama following his two historic terms as the first African-American president, and with exclusive interviews with family members and top advisers, and details on Obama’s voting record, David Mendell offers a complete, complex, and revealing portrait. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics in general and President Barack Obama in particular.

Author: David Mendell, Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008. 3€ at the Book Room

ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS, an intimate collection of photographs that documents the African American experience, a journey from captivity to freedom, from south to north, east to west. It celebrates the courageous achievements of men and women whose defiant rejection of inequality and subjugation put their own lives at risk.

Author: Walter Dean Myers, Publsiher: Harcourt Brace, 1995. 5€ at the Book Room

AIRBORNE 44 Black Boys (TOME 9) Alors que Nice est libérée en août 1944 et que la fête bat son plein dans la ville du sud de la France, deux soldats sont amenés à se rencontrer. La liesse conduit Virgil, un jeune afro américain, vers les bras d’une jeune infirmière blanche. Ceci n’est pas pour plaire à un autre soldat Jared, qui ne voit pas d’un bon œil ce rapprochement entre un noir et une blanche. Passé à tabac, le jeune homme devra pourtant dans le futur se battre au côté de Jared. Ainsi, deux mondes se confrontent et ne sont pas aussi manichéen qu’ils en avaient l’air à l’origine.

Author: Philippe Jarbinet, Publisher: Casterman, 2021. 10€ at the Book Room

FORGOTTEN, THE UNTOLD STORY OF D-DAY’S BLACK HEROES is an extraordinary blend of military and social history – a story that pays tribute to the valour of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognised to this day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in the Second World War. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men. In England and Europe, they discovered freedom they had not known in a homeland that treated them as second-class citizens – experiences they carried back to America, fuelling the budding civil rights movement. In telling the story of the Battalion, Hervieux offers a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice.

Author: Linda Hervieux, Publisher: Amberley Publishing 2019, 8€ at the Book Room

VIPER’S DREAM Des années 30 à la fin des années 50, Clyde « Viper » Morton règne sur Harlem au rythme du jazz et dans la fumée des joints de marijuana. Mais dure sera la chute.. Clyde Morton croit en son destin : il sera un grand trompettiste de jazz. Mais lorsqu’il quitte son Alabama natal pour auditionner dans un club de Harlem, on lui fait comprendre qu’il vaut mieux oublier son rêve. L’oublier dans les fumées de la marijuana… qui lui ouvre des horizons. La « viper », comme elle est surnommée à Harlem, se répand à toute vitesse et Clyde sera son messager. Il est bientôt un caïd craint et respecté, un personnage. Jusqu’au jour où arrive la poudre blanche qui tue. Et qui oblige à tuer. Jake Lamar est le plus français des Américains. Ce roman qui inaugure la série « New York Made in France » a connu une version radiophonique sur France-Culture, saluée par Télérama. Come meet Jake Lamar at the Book Room on 12 March. More information here.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/ Noir 

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!

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. Set in the 12th century, the novel covers the time between the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Thomas Becket, but focuses primarily on the Anarchy. The book traces the development of Gothic architecture as it transitions out of the preceding Romanesque architecture. The story weaves the fortunes of the Kingsbridge priory and village against the backdrop of historical events of the time. There is never a dull moment as they pass from trial to triumph and back again.This is a paperback copy signed by the author, 10€
Author: Ken Follett

THE STORY OF OUR CHURCHES AND CATHEDRALS
An lovely illustrated book for anybody interested in church architecture and building. It is simply written and easy to understand for all ages with illustrations of specific churches in England to illustrate the various styles of architecture.
Author: Richard Bowod, A Laydbird book

HOW TO READ CHURCHES
A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture is small enough to fit in a pocket so you can take it with you on visits yet serious enough to provide real answers. This primer is a must-have for architecture and history buffs, tourists, and churchgoers interested in decoding the styles and symbols of religious buildings. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also who designed it, what kind of congregation it was built for, and why. This practical yet charming handbook is the key to decoding the style, history, evolution, and social significance of religious buildings. Not strictly limited to churches, it also covers abbeys, chapels, and monasteries, among other structures. 6€
Author: Denis R. McNamara

MEDIEVAL LIVES
This books is brimming with life, color and facts too. Terry Jones reveals Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before – a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation. Person by person the various parts of society are presented. In fact, medieval kings weren’t necessarily merciless tyrants, and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine. Did you know, for example, that medieval people didn’t think the world was flat? Did you know that they didn’t burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance… 5€

Author: Terry Jones

CATHEDRAL
Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay’s imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children’s literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral’s numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations. Journey back to centuries long ago and visit the fictional people of twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Europe whose dreams, like Cathedral, stand the test of time. 6€
Author: David Macaulay

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Symbol of Gothic art, ruined by pillaging and revolutionary destruction, Notre-Dame was massively restored in the 19th century, and the building we admire today is largely the work of Viollet-le-Duc. In the Middle Ages, Notre-Dame was not only the cathedral of bishops and clerics, holders of religious power and knowledge. “Stone Bible” intended to give the faithful a glimpse of the grandeur of the divine mystery, theater of preaching and miracles that have become famous, it also gradually becomes, from Philippe-Auguste to Louis XI, the privileged place of royal worship. After studying the circumstances of the birth of what was in her time the largest cathedrals in Europe, the book sheds light on the spirituality and the religious experience of a rapidly changing Western society. Joël Laiter’s gaze shows Notre-Dame in her majesty and intimacy, such as no one has ever admired her before. 12€, Mostly photos with Bilingual text.
Author: Gauvard, Claude, Editions : Chêne

French titles:
Les Peintres de Notre-Dame de Sylvie Buisson, 7€
Vivre au Moyen Age, Les Yeux de la découverte, 5€
Roses Médiévales, Cowen, Painton, 5€

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection of new books that will take you far and wide: South Korea, Japan, Harlem, the far west and Cameroon!

BACK TO JAPAN Writer, filmmaker, and photographer Marc Petitjean finds himself in Kyoto one fine morning with his camera, to film a man who will become his friend: Kunihiko Moriguchi, a master kimono painter and Living National Treasure—like his father before him.

As a young decorative arts student in the 1960s, Moriguchi rubbed shoulders with the cultural elite of Paris and befriended Balthus, who would profoundly influence his artistic career. Discouraged by Balthus from pursuing design in Europe, he returned to Japan to take up his father’s vocation. Once back in this world of tradition he had tried to escape, Moriguchi contemporized the craft of Yūzen (resist dyeing) through his innovative use of abstraction in patterns. With a documentarian’s keen eye, Petitjean retraces Moriguchi’s remarkable life, from his childhood during the turbulent 1940s and 50s marked by war, to his prime as an artist with works exhibited in the most prestigious museums in the world.

Author: Marc Petitjean, Publisher: Other Press

LEMON In the summer of 2002, when Korea is abuzz over hosting the FIFA World Cup, eighteen-year-old Kim Hae-on is killed in what becomes known as the High School Beauty Murder. Two suspects quickly emerge: rich kid Shin Jeongjun, whose car Hae-on was last seen in, and delivery boy Han Manu, who witnessed her there just a few hours before her death. But when Jeongjun’s alibi checks out, and no evidence can be pinned on Manu, the case goes cold. Seventeen years pass without any resolution for those close to Hae-on, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister, Da-on, in particular. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own twisted way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened. Shifting between the perspectives of Da-on and two of Hae-on’s classmates struck in different ways by her otherworldly beauty, Lemon ostensibly takes the shape of a crime novel. But identifying the perpetrator is not the main objective here: Kwon Yeo-sun uses this well-worn form to craft a searing, timely exploration of privilege, jealousy, trauma, and how we live with the wrongs we have endured and inflicted in turn.

Author: Kwon Yeo-Sun, Publisher: Other Press

A LONG WAY FROM DOUALA After their father’s sudden death, Jean’s older brother Roger decides he’s had enough of their abusive mother and their city. He runs away to try his luck crossing illegally into Europe, in the hope of becoming a soccer star abroad. When no news of him reaches the family, and the police declare that finding some feckless brat isn’t worth their time, Jean feels he has to act. Aiming to catch up with Roger before he gets to the Nigerian border, Jean enlists the help of the older Simon, a close neighborhood friend, and the two set out on the road. Through a series of joyful, sparky vignettes, Cameroon life is revealed in all its ups and downs. Max Lobe insightfully touches on grave, complex issues, such as the violence Boko Haram has inflicted on the region, yet still recounts events with remarkable humor and levity. Bursting with local color, this hilarious, heartwarming coming-of-age tale follows two friends on a raucous journey across Cameroon as they grapple with grief, sexuality, and dreams of leaving.

Author: Max Lobe, Publisher: Other Press

LOIN, A L’OUEST est l’histoire de quatre mauvaises filles. Georges, que sa mère a prénommée ainsi pour qu’elle ait « une vie d’homme », Lucie, sa belle-fille, qu’elle a haïe puis aimée, Solange, sa petite-fille à la beauté singulière, et puis son arrière petite-fille, Octavie, qui tente aujourd’hui de résoudre le « mystère Georges » à l’aide d’Internet. On y croise aussi Louise Michel, et Calamity Jane. Avec elles, on traverse plus d’un siècle du point de vue des femmes. Ces femmes gigognes disent quelque chose de l’existence corsetée qu’on a cherché à leur imposer et du goût de l’imaginaire, seul capable de les sauver. Quel est le poids d’un prénom, d’un nom, d’une famille, d’un livre, sur un destin ? Que choisit-on, que réécrit-on ? A-t-on le droit le réinventer sa vie ? Raconter leur histoire, leur part de vérité et de réinvention, c’est faire un éloge du mensonge, parce qu’il rend la vie plus belle, et que parfois, il préserve de l’oubli. C’est ériger la fiction en reine, parce qu’elle permet à chacun de faire le récit de sa vie. Ce livre, cette saga, est avant tout une célébration de l’imaginaire.

Author: Delphine Coulin, Publisher: Grasset

NOUS AVIONS UN RÊVE Et si l’Amérique élisait un vice-président noir ? Des années avant Barack Obama et Donald Trump, Jake Lamar imagine une situation pa rfaitement effrayante mais tout à fait plausible. Dans une Amérique dystopique, la guerre contre le crime et la drogue a conduit le pouvoir à ouvrir des camps de rééducation pour les toxicos et à multiplier les condamnations à mort, qui font l’objet d’un show tél évisé. L’instigateur de cette croisade de la vertu, l’Attorney général Melvin Hutchinson, est en passe de devenir le premier vice-président noir de l’histoire américaine. Mais Hutchinson est un homme complexe qui cache un lourd secret… Blurb d’Alain Mabanckou.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/Noir 

VIPER’S DREAM Des années 30 à la fin des années 50, Clyde « Viper » Morton règne sur Harlem au rythme du jazz et dans la fumée des joints de marijuana. Mais dure sera la chute.. Clyde Morton croit en son destin : il sera un grand trompettiste de jazz. Mais lorsqu’il quitte son Alabama natal pour auditionner dans un club de Harlem, on lui fait comprendre qu’il vaut mieux oublier son rêve. L’oublier dans les fumées de la marijuana… qui lui ouvre des horizons. La « viper », comme elle est surnommée à Harlem, se répand à toute vitesse et Clyde sera son messager. Il est bientôt un caïd craint et respecté, un personnage. Jusqu’au jour où arrive la poudre blanche qui tue. Et qui oblige à tuer. Jake Lamar est le plus français des Américains. Ce roman qui inaugure la série « New York Made in France » a connu une version radiophonique sur France-Culture, saluée par Télérama.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/ Noir 

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 

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 

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 

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/

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  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. This week we’re taking a practical bent.

MES 1000 PREMIERS MOTS EN ANGLAIS Ce livre attrayant, aux illustrations pleines de charme et d’humour, invite les jeunes enfants à se familiariser avec leurs premiers mots d’anglais. Au fil des pages, ils découvriront mille mots et images du quotidien et de nombreux détails à observer et à commenter. Les codes QR permettent en outre d’écouter la prononciation correcte des mots en anglais britannique. Dès 3 ans.

Author: Jane Bingham, Publisher: Usborne

LES ELECTIONS Questions-Réponses. Every 5 years we need either a review or a fresh understanding of the this month long effervescence. Now that the presidential election has gone by we’re headed to two rounds of Parliamentary elections. To find out how the French elections work there’s nothing better than a kid’s book – especially for non-French speakers. This one is destined for French kids over 7 and we find it just perfect for anyone 7 to 77. Qu’est-ce qu’une élection ? Tous les étrangers vivant en France votent-ils ? Pourquoi certains électeurs s’abstiennent-ils ? Comment fait-on campagne ? Qu’est-ce qu’une liste électorale ? Maire, est-ce un métier? On vote aussi dans les pays où il y a un roi ? C’est quoi, être citoyen de l’Europe ? 32 questions pour découvrir comment se préparent des élections, comment et où elles se passent, qui peut voter, qui on élit et pour quoi faire. En bonus les portraits des présidents de la Ve République. Et un quiz ludique pour coller ses parents et amis !

Author: Sylvie Baussier, Maud Riemann, Publisher: Nathan 

U.S. TAXES FOR WORLDLY AMERICANS Are you a citizen of the United States who lives abroad? You probably know America is one of only two countries that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, regardless of where they live or work. If you’re thinking about becoming a digital nomad or expatriating to another country, do you know how to avoid paying unfair taxes on your income while abroad? There may be huge penalties and tax evasion charges if you don’t file correctly. By combining the right strategies for citizenship, residency, banking, incorporation, and physical presence in other countries, most Americans abroad can legally lower their U.S. tax owing to $0. In U.S. Taxes for Worldly Americans, Certified Public Accountant, U.S. immigrant, expat, and perpetual traveler Olivier Wagner shows you how to use 100% legal strategies (beyond traditionally maligned « tax havens ») to keep your income and assets safe from the IRS. Olivier covers a wealth of international tax information updated for 2019, including: · Step-by-step instructions for the Forms and Schedules you will use to file your offshore tax, no matter where you are. · How to qualify for special deductions, credits, and exemptions on international taxation. · Why opening bank accounts and corporations in foreign countries is easier than you think. · How residency or citizenship in another country can legally lower your taxes. · How your spouse and children (whether American or of another nationality) affect your tax situation. · Practical advice for moving, living, and working with tax-free income in other parts of the world. · What to consider before renouncing your American citizenship and saying goodbye to the IRS for good. As a non-resident American, there is no single easy answer to lower your taxes. If you don’t understand every possibility, you could end up paying too much. Embrace a worldly lifestyle with confidence as you master the U.S. tax system for Americans living overseas.

Author: Olivier Wagner, Publisher: Identity Publications 

PARIS REVISITED THE GUIDE FOR THE RETURN TRAVELER Whether you’re returning to Paris or want to get it right the first time, award-winning author Gary Lee Kraut will lead you on a captivating exploration of the world’s most revisitable city. This guide maybe a few years old, but Gary’s insider tips are so interesting that we can’t leave it out. you can findit at the book room for a just a few euros.

Author: Gary Lee Kraut, Publisher: Words Trabes Intl. Press

Not all Bunny Books are for Kids:

ELOGE DU LAPIN Animal de compagnie ou proie de prédilection, allégorie de la dépravation ou symbole de pureté… Le lapin est loin de n’être qu’une petite bête attendrissante peuplant nos campagnes. Omniprésente dans les cultures du monde entier, cette boule de poils n’a pas fini de nous surprendre. Emblème sexuel brandi dans Playboy, redoutable guerrier samouraï, modèle inattendu de nature morte ou encore figure littéraire et cinématographique, le lagomorphe en dit long sur nos civilisations ! Dans ce texte ludique qu’instructif, nous traversons les époques et les continents à la poursuite de notre héros malicieux et bondissant. Ce joli livre, à acheter juste pour le dessin de la couverture, a était publié en octobre 2021.

Author: Stéphanie Hochet, Publisher: Rivages 

WATERSHIP DOWN Something terrible is about to happen to the warren – Fiver feels sure of it. And Fiver’s sixth sense is never wrong, according to his brother Hazel. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all… This much-loved tale of courage and survival is now a beautiful new animated series for television, full of excitement and adventure – perfect for all the family to enjoy.

Author: Richard Adams, Publisher: Puffin Books, 4€ in the Book Room

THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES This book is not really about bunnies or a hare, but it was inspired by one. Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive over a couple hundred years. And so begins The Hare with Amber Eyes. In this moving memoir and detective story de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire. A New York Times Bestseller, Costa biography prize-winnder and an Economist Book of the Year.

Author: Edmund de Waal, Publisher: Picador, 4€ in the Book Room

ES-TU LA, PETIT LAPIN ? Sur chaque page, une découpe laisse apercevoir le petit lapin qui semble se cacher à la page suivante et … qui n’a plus rien d’un lapin dès qu’on tourne la page. Les très jeunes enfants ne se lasseront pas de scruter les illustrations pour retrouver la trace de ce lapin insaisissable et rencontrer d’autres animaux. Une nouvelle collection qui séduira les fans de la collection Les tout-doux Usborne. Une belle idée de cadeau pour les tout-petits.

Author: Sam Taplin, Publisher: Usborne

LA PEINTURE MAGIQUE PÂQUES Il suffit de passer le pinceau trempé dans un peu d’eau sur les illustrations en noir et blanc pour faire apparaître les couleurs du printemps et animer les scènes imagées remplies de lapins et d’œufs de Pâques. Les couleurs du printemps apparaissent comme par enchantement lorsqu’on passe le pinceau trempé dans un peu d’eau sur les illustrations en noir et blanc de ce livre de coloriage magique. Des poussins, des lapins et des œufs de Pâques font partie des surprises que les enfants aimeront découvrir au fil des pages.

Author: Brenda Cole, Publisher: Usborne, 4€ in the Book Room

THE RUNAWAY BUNNY “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.  With a soft, padded cover, rounded edges, and sturdy board book pages, this edition is perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers.

Author: Margaret Wise Brown, Publisher: Harper Collins,  3€ in the Book Room

BUNNIES IN THE BATHROOM Mandy’s new friend John is crazy about rabbits! He’s got his heart set on Button and Barney, two baby rabbits in the local pet shop. But when he goes to buy them, they’ve already been sold! Mandy and James decide to track down the new owner and try to get the bunnies back…

Author: Ben M. Baglio, Publisher: Scholastic, 3€ in the Book Room

J’AI L’ENERGIE D’UNE LIONNE DANS UN CORPS D’OISEAU A new novel called “I have the Energy of a Lion in the Body of a Bird”, based on the life of Rosa Bonheur, has been written by historian/biographer Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin. It is a delight to read and places Rosa in the context of the tumultuous and exciting events of the 19th century. My goodness she saw a lot: Living from 1822 to 1899 she saw the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, 3 kings, 2 republics, 1 empire, epidemics, Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris, the Prussian invasion and the siege of Paris! Not to mention the new inventions of steamships, railroads (Rosa’s companion Nathalie Micas developed a railroad brake!), photography (which was one of Rosa’s hobbies), the building of the Eiffel Tower and the arrival of electricity (Rosa had a power plant built on her property!). Bonheur knew Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Buffalo Bill and so many other big players in the cultural world. Here is the synopsis of the book which has been published in French. It has some 19th century terms but is generally an uncomplicated level of reading. It is available in Bill & Rosa’s Book Room Library for borrowing.

Vestale de l’art, égérie du féminisme, éprise de liberté et d’idéal, Rosa Bonheur s’imposa comme la plus célèbre artiste animalière au XIXe. Elle connut une carrière fulgurante et vécut un amour fou avec Sir Edwin Landser, le plus grand peintre et sculpteur britannique de son temps, qui nous est pour la première fois révélé. De Paris à Londres, de l’Écosse à la French Riviera, des abattoirs et bas-fonds de la capitale aux ateliers d’artistes et salons mondains jusqu’à son « sanctuaire » à Thomery, Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin nous emporte sur les traces de Rosa Bonheur au fil d’un roman virevoltant qui fait revivre l’artiste et la femme. Une fresque haute en couleur qui nous plonge dans la grande Histoire et l’intimité de Rosa Bonheur, un être de passion et de conviction.

Author : Patricia Bouchenot-Déchin, Publisher : Éditions Albin Michel

THE HEART: FRIDA KAHLO IN PARIS In 1938, just as she was leaving Mexico for her first solo exhibition in New York, Frida Kahlo was devastated to learn from her husband, Diego Rivera, that he intended to divorce her. This latest blow followed a long series of betrayals, most painful of all his affair with her beloved younger sister, Cristina, in 1934. In early 1939, anxious and adrift, Kahlo traveled from the United States to France—her only trip to Europe, and the beginning of a unique period of her life when she was enjoying success on her own. Now, for the first time, this previously overlooked part of her story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean (director, author, photographer and scenographer) takes the reader to Paris, where Kahlo spends her days alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp. Using Kahlo’s whirlwind romance with the author’s father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris provides a striking portrait of the artist and an inside look at the history of one of her most powerful, enigmatic paintings. “An intimate portrait of the artist and her time in the lively 1930s surrealist scene.” —New York Times Book Review

Author: Marc Petitjean, Publisher: Other Press 

MY (PART-TIME) PARIS LIFE Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves. Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter’s life―maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own, and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother―and her mother’s expectations? Desperate for answers, she reaches for a lifeline in the form of an apartment in Paris, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as a lurching act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. But how can you imagine a life bigger than anything you’ve ever known? In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-Time) Paris Life is for anyone who’s ever felt lost or hopeless, but still holds out hope of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman’s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness. Win a copy of this book and a copy of 90+ Ways You Know You’re Becoming French by following our instagram posts @bookroomparis

Author: Lisa Anselmo, Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press 

THE CHILD IS THE TEACHER Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy, Maria Montessori would grow up to embody almost every trait men of her era detested in the fairer sex. She was self-confident, strong-willed, and had a fiery temper at a time when women were supposed to be soft and pliable. She studied until she became a doctor at a time when female graduates in Italy provoked outright scandal. She never wanted to marry or have children—the accepted destiny for all women of her milieu in late nineteenth-century bourgeois Rome—and when she became pregnant by a colleague of hers, she gave up her son to continue pursuing her career. At around age thirty, Montessori was struck by the condition of children in the slums of Rome’s San Lorenzo neighborhood, and realized what she wanted to do with her life: change the school, and therefore the world, through a new approach to the child’s mind. In spite of the resistance she faced from all sides—scientists accused her of being too mystical, and the clergy of being too scientific, traditionalists of giving children too much freedom, and anarchists of giving them too much structure—she would garner acclaim and establish the influential Montessori method, which is now practiced throughout the world. A thorough, nuanced portrait of this often controversial woman, The Child Is the Teacher is the first biographical work on Maria Montessori written by an author who is not a member of the Montessori movement, but who has been granted access to original letters, diaries, notes, and texts written by Montessori herself, including an array of previously unpublished material.

Author: Christina De Stefano, Publisher: Other Press

TOUT-PETIT MONTESSORI Pour observer, associer et nommer les animaux de la savane africaine et leurs petits. Les images classifiées, à la base de la pédagogie Montessori, vont aider le tout-petit à développer son langage. Dans ce coffret, elles lui permettront de découvrir les animaux de la savane africaine et leurs petits, de les nommer, et d’enrichir son vocabulaire. Les images, réalistes, lui permettront d’observer en détails les différences entre mâles, femelles, petits. Ce coffret Montessori contient : 30 cartes pour constituer 10 familles d’animaux : lion, girafe, éléphant, hippopotame, rhinocéros, zèbre, buffle, gnou, autruche, guépard et 1 livret pour guider les parents. Un coffret Montessori pour les bébés dès 12 mois.

Author: Delphine Roubieu, Publisher: Nathan 

BORN OF NO WOMAN In this gothic tale reminiscent of Faulkner’s Light in August, a young woman’s journals divulge the horrible secrets of a wealthy family in late nineteenth-century rural France. Before he is called to bless the body of a woman at the nearby asylum, Father Gabriel receives a strange, troubling confession: hidden under her dress he will find the notebooks that contain Rose’s harrowing story. At fourteen years old, Rose is sold to a rich man by her father, a farmer unable to support her and her three younger sisters. Traded for a handful of coins, she becomes the property of the master and is taken away without warning to her new home. This isolated manor that seems like a castle to Rose, with the master’s formidable mother and his absent wife, immediately provokes a sense of unease. Rose soon becomes caught in their perverse web, unsure of how to escape and whom she can trust. The English-language debut of critically acclaimed French author Franck Bouysse (Elle Readers’ Grand Prize, the Booksellers’ Prize, and the Prix Babelio), this exquisitely written novel is both a keen commentary on class and a chilling horror story. Deftly navigating the complexities of desire, abuse, compassion, and resilience, he has created a timeless portrait of human nature left to fester unseen. The Guardian: Best Translated Fiction.

Author: Franck Bouysse, Publisher: Other Press 

ULYSSES, AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION Maybe now we can endeavor to read Ulysses! It is time now that this hinge in litterature is a century old. The book has inspired many other artists over the years. The neo-figurative artist Eduardo Arroyo (1937–2018), regarded today as one of the greatest Spanish painters of his generation, dreamed of illustrating James Joyce’s Ulysses. Although he began work on the project in 1989, it was never published during his lifetime: Stephen James Joyce, Joyce’s grandson and the infamously protective executor of his estate, refused to allow it, arguing that his grandfather would never have wanted the novel illustrated. In fact, a limited run appeared in 1935 with lithographs by Henri Matisse, which reportedly infuriated Joyce when he realized that Matisse, not having actually read the book, had merely depicted scenes from Homer’s Odyssey. Now available for the first time in English, this unique edition of the classic novel features three hundred images created by Arroyo—vibrant, eclectic drawings, paintings, and collages that reflect and amplify the energy of Joyce’s writing. This strikingly illustrated edition presents Joyce’s epic novel in a new, more accessible light, while showcasing the incredible talent of a leading Spanish artist. 

Author: James Joyce,  Publisher: Other Press

1984, La meilleure dystopie du XXe siècle dans une nouvelle traduction en français de ce classique anglosaxon en édition illustrée. Winston Smith, obscur tâcheron au ministère de la Vérité, réécrit le passé et envoie dûment dans le vide-mémoire les documents devenus obsolètes. Le Parti a toujours raison et aucun fait ne doit le contredire. Comment penser, aimer, savourer la beauté ou dire que deux et deux font quatre dans un État qui a pris le contrôle de la réalité, de votre mémoire, de votre langue même ?

Author: George Orwell,  Publisher: Editions Larousse 

EVERY LEAF A HALLELUJAH Mangoshi lives with her mom and dad in a village near the forest. When her mom becomes ill, Mangoshi knows only one thing can help her—a special flower that grows deep in the forest. The little girl needs all her courage when she sets out alone to find and bring back the flower, and all her kindness to overpower the dangers she encounters on the quest. Ben Okri brings the power of his mystic vision to a timely story that weaves together wonder, adventure, and environmentalism. An environmental fairytale that speaks eloquently to the most pressing issues of our times, from Nigerian author Ben Okri, Booker Prize–winning author of “The Famished Road”.

Author: Ben Okri, Publisher: Other Press

Originally published in 1995, the now classic ASTONISHING THE GODS is being republished in March in conjuction with Ben Okri’s new story for children EVERY LEAF A HALLELUJAH. Considered by the BBC’s “100 Novels That Shaped Our World,” to be a much-needed fable that could change how we see ourselves and our reality. A young man finds himself among invisible beings who have built a world based on one principle: that we must repeat every experience until we live it fully for the first time. “Only then can we find what we didn’t seek and go where we don’t intend to go.” Ben Okri navigates the world at once as a writer, an artist, a musician, and a philosopher—in the process, he challenges our craving for the visual and the concrete. We read him not only with our eyes but also with our senses, our intuition. As his story unfolds we begin to inhabit the ineffable land that he creates, our imagination led to a place where what we once thought were fundamental truths are turned magically on their heads. In the difficult times we live in, in an age decimated by injustice and inequality, Okri brings unexpected insights as meaningful as they are transformative. “Maybe what seeks us is better than what we seek.”

Author: Ben Okri, Publisher: Other Press

THE TEMPEST Retrouvez le texte en VO de la célèbre pièce de William Shakespeare et sur la page d’en face le texte dans sa traduction française. Chaque strophe étant un véritable poème usant de nombreuses rimes et de contractions, il est préférable de ne pas traduire mot à mot la langue de Shakespeare. Rien de mieux donc que de son équivalent dans un français poétique ! Un excellent outil pédagogique pour lire en VO une oeuvre phare mais complexe, tout en comprenant la syntaxe et la créativité linguistique grâce à sa traduction en français. Plongez-vous ainsi dans la célèbre « Tempest » !

Author: William Shakespeare,  Publisher: Editions Larousse 

GENESIS AND REVISION IN MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH WRITERS. To better understand the classics and better understand the writing process we suggest this unusually diverse collection of ten essays, devoted to British and Irish writers and poets from 1895 to the present. The collection explores many aspects of the creative process, from inspiration to publication and beyond. The volume shows how writers’ manuscripts and revisions give us a better understanding of their published work by drawing on unpublished archival sources to unveil, across genre and gender, the intricacies of their craft. It examines how the paper medium and writing implements influence the act of composition; reveals the latest developments in such fields as life writing and digital humanities―especially how modern scholars, through the filter of hypertext, revisit modernist texts, or respond to newly-found material; and analyzes the hidden handwork, be it throughout the writer’s exhaustive self-editing process or the writer-editor collaboration. Finally, it captures an award-winning poet and a living novelist reflecting upon their craft and work in progress. Available for just 20€ in the Book Room (regular bookstore and even Amazon price: 59-89€). 

Editors: Jonathan Bloom and Catherine Rovera,  Publisher: Palgrave McMillan

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.  When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, which won him the National book Award, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Author: Colson Whitehead, Publisher: Turtleback, 2018. 4€ at the Book Room

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO In his final years, Baldwin envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project had never been published before acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined Baldwin’s oeuvre to compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Peck weaves these texts together, brilliantly imagining the book that Baldwin never wrote with selected published and unpublished passages, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America. This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Author: James Baldwin, Publisher: Vintage International. 2016. 5€ at the Book Room

NEGROLAND Author MargoJefferson takes us into an insular and discerning society: “I call it Negroland,” she writes, “because I still find ‘Negro’ a word of wonders, glorious and terrible.” Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. Negroland’s pedigree dates back generations, having originated with antebellum free blacks who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South. It evolved into a world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs—a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements, where the Talented Tenth positioned themselves as a third race between whites and “the masses of Negros,” and where the motto was “Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment.” Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions, while reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments—the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the falsehood of post-racial America. National Book Critics Circle Award. An extraordinary look at privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America by the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic.

Author: Margo Jefferson, Publisher: Vintage Books. 2015. 8€ at the Book Room

BOUND FOR CANAAN: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad. An important book of epic scope on America’s first racially integrated, religiously-inspired political movement for change—The Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. For most, the mention of the Underground Railroad evokes images of hidden tunnels, midnight rides, and hairsbreadth escapes. Yet the Underground Railroad’s epic story is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country’s westward expansion,which brought together Easterners who had engaged in slavery primarily in the abstract alongside slaveholding Southerners and their slaves, arose a clash of values that evolved into a fierce fight for nothing less than the country’s soul. Beginning six decades before the Civil War, freedom-seeking blacks and pious whites worked together to save tens of thousands of lives, often at the risk of great physical danger to themselves. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only subverted federal law but also went against prevailing mores. Flawlessly researched and uncommonly engaging, Bound for Canaan, shows why it was the Underground Railroad and not the Civil Rights movement that gave birth to this country’s first racially-integrated, religiously-inspired movement for social change.

Author: Fergus M. Bordewich, Publisher: HarperCollins. 2005. 7€ at the Book Room

OBAMA FROM PROMISE TO POWER Barack Obama is arguably the most dynamic political figure to grace the American stage since John F. Kennedy. His meteoric rise from promise to power has stunned even the cynics and inspired a legion of devout followers. For anyone who wants to know more about the man, David Mendell’s Obama is essential reading. Mendell, who covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune, had far-reaching access to the Chicago politician as Obama climbed the ladder to the White House, the details of which he shares in this compelling biography. Positioning Obama as the savior of a fumbling Democratic party, Mendell reveals how Obama conquered Illinois politics and paved the way brick by brick for a galvanizing, historic presidential run. With a new afterword by the author, which includes a fresh perspective on Barack Obama following his two historic terms as the first African-American president, and with exclusive interviews with family members and top advisers, and details on Obama’s voting record, David Mendell offers a complete, complex, and revealing portrait. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics in general and President Barack Obama in particular.

Author: David Mendell, Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008. 3€ at the Book Room

ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS, an intimate collection of photographs that documents the African American experience, a journey from captivity to freedom, from south to north, east to west. It celebrates the courageous achievements of men and women whose defiant rejection of inequality and subjugation put their own lives at risk.

Author: Walter Dean Myers, Publsiher: Harcourt Brace, 1995. 5€ at the Book Room

AIRBORNE 44 Black Boys (TOME 9) Alors que Nice est libérée en août 1944 et que la fête bat son plein dans la ville du sud de la France, deux soldats sont amenés à se rencontrer. La liesse conduit Virgil, un jeune afro américain, vers les bras d’une jeune infirmière blanche. Ceci n’est pas pour plaire à un autre soldat Jared, qui ne voit pas d’un bon œil ce rapprochement entre un noir et une blanche. Passé à tabac, le jeune homme devra pourtant dans le futur se battre au côté de Jared. Ainsi, deux mondes se confrontent et ne sont pas aussi manichéen qu’ils en avaient l’air à l’origine.

Author: Philippe Jarbinet, Publisher: Casterman, 2021. 10€ at the Book Room

FORGOTTEN, THE UNTOLD STORY OF D-DAY’S BLACK HEROES is an extraordinary blend of military and social history – a story that pays tribute to the valour of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognised to this day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in the Second World War. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men. In England and Europe, they discovered freedom they had not known in a homeland that treated them as second-class citizens – experiences they carried back to America, fuelling the budding civil rights movement. In telling the story of the Battalion, Hervieux offers a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice.

Author: Linda Hervieux, Publisher: Amberley Publishing 2019, 8€ at the Book Room

VIPER’S DREAM Des années 30 à la fin des années 50, Clyde « Viper » Morton règne sur Harlem au rythme du jazz et dans la fumée des joints de marijuana. Mais dure sera la chute.. Clyde Morton croit en son destin : il sera un grand trompettiste de jazz. Mais lorsqu’il quitte son Alabama natal pour auditionner dans un club de Harlem, on lui fait comprendre qu’il vaut mieux oublier son rêve. L’oublier dans les fumées de la marijuana… qui lui ouvre des horizons. La « viper », comme elle est surnommée à Harlem, se répand à toute vitesse et Clyde sera son messager. Il est bientôt un caïd craint et respecté, un personnage. Jusqu’au jour où arrive la poudre blanche qui tue. Et qui oblige à tuer. Jake Lamar est le plus français des Américains. Ce roman qui inaugure la série « New York Made in France » a connu une version radiophonique sur France-Culture, saluée par Télérama. Come meet Jake Lamar at the Book Room on 12 March. More information here.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/ Noir 

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!

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. Set in the 12th century, the novel covers the time between the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Thomas Becket, but focuses primarily on the Anarchy. The book traces the development of Gothic architecture as it transitions out of the preceding Romanesque architecture. The story weaves the fortunes of the Kingsbridge priory and village against the backdrop of historical events of the time. There is never a dull moment as they pass from trial to triumph and back again.This is a paperback copy signed by the author, 10€
Author: Ken Follett

THE STORY OF OUR CHURCHES AND CATHEDRALS
An lovely illustrated book for anybody interested in church architecture and building. It is simply written and easy to understand for all ages with illustrations of specific churches in England to illustrate the various styles of architecture.
Author: Richard Bowod, A Laydbird book

HOW TO READ CHURCHES
A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture is small enough to fit in a pocket so you can take it with you on visits yet serious enough to provide real answers. This primer is a must-have for architecture and history buffs, tourists, and churchgoers interested in decoding the styles and symbols of religious buildings. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also who designed it, what kind of congregation it was built for, and why. This practical yet charming handbook is the key to decoding the style, history, evolution, and social significance of religious buildings. Not strictly limited to churches, it also covers abbeys, chapels, and monasteries, among other structures. 6€
Author: Denis R. McNamara

MEDIEVAL LIVES
This books is brimming with life, color and facts too. Terry Jones reveals Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before – a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation. Person by person the various parts of society are presented. In fact, medieval kings weren’t necessarily merciless tyrants, and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine. Did you know, for example, that medieval people didn’t think the world was flat? Did you know that they didn’t burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance… 5€

Author: Terry Jones

CATHEDRAL
Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay’s imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children’s literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral’s numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations. Journey back to centuries long ago and visit the fictional people of twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Europe whose dreams, like Cathedral, stand the test of time. 6€
Author: David Macaulay

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Symbol of Gothic art, ruined by pillaging and revolutionary destruction, Notre-Dame was massively restored in the 19th century, and the building we admire today is largely the work of Viollet-le-Duc. In the Middle Ages, Notre-Dame was not only the cathedral of bishops and clerics, holders of religious power and knowledge. “Stone Bible” intended to give the faithful a glimpse of the grandeur of the divine mystery, theater of preaching and miracles that have become famous, it also gradually becomes, from Philippe-Auguste to Louis XI, the privileged place of royal worship. After studying the circumstances of the birth of what was in her time the largest cathedrals in Europe, the book sheds light on the spirituality and the religious experience of a rapidly changing Western society. Joël Laiter’s gaze shows Notre-Dame in her majesty and intimacy, such as no one has ever admired her before. 12€, Mostly photos with Bilingual text.
Author: Gauvard, Claude, Editions : Chêne

French titles:
Les Peintres de Notre-Dame de Sylvie Buisson, 7€
Vivre au Moyen Age, Les Yeux de la découverte, 5€
Roses Médiévales, Cowen, Painton, 5€

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection of new books that will take you far and wide: South Korea, Japan, Harlem, the far west and Cameroon!

BACK TO JAPAN Writer, filmmaker, and photographer Marc Petitjean finds himself in Kyoto one fine morning with his camera, to film a man who will become his friend: Kunihiko Moriguchi, a master kimono painter and Living National Treasure—like his father before him.

As a young decorative arts student in the 1960s, Moriguchi rubbed shoulders with the cultural elite of Paris and befriended Balthus, who would profoundly influence his artistic career. Discouraged by Balthus from pursuing design in Europe, he returned to Japan to take up his father’s vocation. Once back in this world of tradition he had tried to escape, Moriguchi contemporized the craft of Yūzen (resist dyeing) through his innovative use of abstraction in patterns. With a documentarian’s keen eye, Petitjean retraces Moriguchi’s remarkable life, from his childhood during the turbulent 1940s and 50s marked by war, to his prime as an artist with works exhibited in the most prestigious museums in the world.

Author: Marc Petitjean, Publisher: Other Press

LEMON In the summer of 2002, when Korea is abuzz over hosting the FIFA World Cup, eighteen-year-old Kim Hae-on is killed in what becomes known as the High School Beauty Murder. Two suspects quickly emerge: rich kid Shin Jeongjun, whose car Hae-on was last seen in, and delivery boy Han Manu, who witnessed her there just a few hours before her death. But when Jeongjun’s alibi checks out, and no evidence can be pinned on Manu, the case goes cold. Seventeen years pass without any resolution for those close to Hae-on, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister, Da-on, in particular. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own twisted way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened. Shifting between the perspectives of Da-on and two of Hae-on’s classmates struck in different ways by her otherworldly beauty, Lemon ostensibly takes the shape of a crime novel. But identifying the perpetrator is not the main objective here: Kwon Yeo-sun uses this well-worn form to craft a searing, timely exploration of privilege, jealousy, trauma, and how we live with the wrongs we have endured and inflicted in turn.

Author: Kwon Yeo-Sun, Publisher: Other Press

A LONG WAY FROM DOUALA After their father’s sudden death, Jean’s older brother Roger decides he’s had enough of their abusive mother and their city. He runs away to try his luck crossing illegally into Europe, in the hope of becoming a soccer star abroad. When no news of him reaches the family, and the police declare that finding some feckless brat isn’t worth their time, Jean feels he has to act. Aiming to catch up with Roger before he gets to the Nigerian border, Jean enlists the help of the older Simon, a close neighborhood friend, and the two set out on the road. Through a series of joyful, sparky vignettes, Cameroon life is revealed in all its ups and downs. Max Lobe insightfully touches on grave, complex issues, such as the violence Boko Haram has inflicted on the region, yet still recounts events with remarkable humor and levity. Bursting with local color, this hilarious, heartwarming coming-of-age tale follows two friends on a raucous journey across Cameroon as they grapple with grief, sexuality, and dreams of leaving.

Author: Max Lobe, Publisher: Other Press

LOIN, A L’OUEST est l’histoire de quatre mauvaises filles. Georges, que sa mère a prénommée ainsi pour qu’elle ait « une vie d’homme », Lucie, sa belle-fille, qu’elle a haïe puis aimée, Solange, sa petite-fille à la beauté singulière, et puis son arrière petite-fille, Octavie, qui tente aujourd’hui de résoudre le « mystère Georges » à l’aide d’Internet. On y croise aussi Louise Michel, et Calamity Jane. Avec elles, on traverse plus d’un siècle du point de vue des femmes. Ces femmes gigognes disent quelque chose de l’existence corsetée qu’on a cherché à leur imposer et du goût de l’imaginaire, seul capable de les sauver. Quel est le poids d’un prénom, d’un nom, d’une famille, d’un livre, sur un destin ? Que choisit-on, que réécrit-on ? A-t-on le droit le réinventer sa vie ? Raconter leur histoire, leur part de vérité et de réinvention, c’est faire un éloge du mensonge, parce qu’il rend la vie plus belle, et que parfois, il préserve de l’oubli. C’est ériger la fiction en reine, parce qu’elle permet à chacun de faire le récit de sa vie. Ce livre, cette saga, est avant tout une célébration de l’imaginaire.

Author: Delphine Coulin, Publisher: Grasset

NOUS AVIONS UN RÊVE Et si l’Amérique élisait un vice-président noir ? Des années avant Barack Obama et Donald Trump, Jake Lamar imagine une situation pa rfaitement effrayante mais tout à fait plausible. Dans une Amérique dystopique, la guerre contre le crime et la drogue a conduit le pouvoir à ouvrir des camps de rééducation pour les toxicos et à multiplier les condamnations à mort, qui font l’objet d’un show tél évisé. L’instigateur de cette croisade de la vertu, l’Attorney général Melvin Hutchinson, est en passe de devenir le premier vice-président noir de l’histoire américaine. Mais Hutchinson est un homme complexe qui cache un lourd secret… Blurb d’Alain Mabanckou.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/Noir 

VIPER’S DREAM Des années 30 à la fin des années 50, Clyde « Viper » Morton règne sur Harlem au rythme du jazz et dans la fumée des joints de marijuana. Mais dure sera la chute.. Clyde Morton croit en son destin : il sera un grand trompettiste de jazz. Mais lorsqu’il quitte son Alabama natal pour auditionner dans un club de Harlem, on lui fait comprendre qu’il vaut mieux oublier son rêve. L’oublier dans les fumées de la marijuana… qui lui ouvre des horizons. La « viper », comme elle est surnommée à Harlem, se répand à toute vitesse et Clyde sera son messager. Il est bientôt un caïd craint et respecté, un personnage. Jusqu’au jour où arrive la poudre blanche qui tue. Et qui oblige à tuer. Jake Lamar est le plus français des Américains. Ce roman qui inaugure la série « New York Made in France » a connu une version radiophonique sur France-Culture, saluée par Télérama.

Author: Jake Lamar, Publisher: Rivages/ Noir 

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 

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 

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 

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/

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 

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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  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.