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

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

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection of books to present some of the best of life in Paris.

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

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

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

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

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

Author: Marcie Maxfield, Publisher: She Writes Press 

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

Author: Anka Muhlstein, Publisher: Other Press 

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

Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de chemin 

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

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

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

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

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

JEAN-BEBE ET BABY JOHN Jean, c’était un peu court pour un si beau bébé que ses parents aimaient tellement. Ils avaient hésité : Jean-Claude, Jean-Gontran ? Finalement, ils avaient choisi Jean-Bébé. Mais le premier jour d’école, quand la maîtresse a fait l’appel, toute la classe a éclaté de rire. « Pas Jean-bébé, madame, mais Baby-John », a rectifié Jean-Bébé. Seulement, maintenant, il va falloir convaincre ses parents…

Author: Colas Gutman, Marc Boutavant Publisher: L’école des loisirs 

COMMENT METTRE UNE BALEINE DANS UNE VALISE? Si vous deviez partir précipitamment, sans promesse de retour, qu’aime­riez-vous absolument emporter avec vous ? Il existe des valises pour presque tout : pour violons, pour trompettes, pour bouteilles, pour jumelles, pour manteaux… mais pas pour baleines !

Author: Guridi, Publisher: CotCotCot Editions 

Brick City PARIS It’s Paris – but not as you know it. This unofficial guide helps LEGO® fans of all ages discover the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou and 17 more landmarks recreated in amazing detail by top brick artists from around the world. Then make your own with 20 quick-build projects that include Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and a Tour de France cyclist. For adults and children aged 8 and up, Brick City – Paris is a fun and colourful introduction to the French capital, packed with secrets, stories and insights that bring the City of Light to life in an exciting and brick-tastic way. Suitable for children ages 9-12.

Author: Warren Elsmore, Publiher: Lonely Planet 

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID “Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL not a diary… The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM’s idea, not mine.” Things aren’t going well for Greg Heffley. He’s been thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Along with his friend Rowley, Greg’s desperate to prove his new maturity, which only going up a grade can bring. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, will Greg be able to reach the same heights of popularity as his best friend?

Author: Jeff Kinney, Publisher: Penguin 

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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 

PETITE We read and reviewed this book a few months ago. Little, the title in English, is such a great story, that we’re now presenting it again in the recently published French version. If you haven’t read this yet we have it in the Book Room in both languages. Née à Strasbourg en 1761, la jeune Marie Grosholz, future madame Tussaud, est employée dès son plus jeune âge comme apprentie par un sculpteur sur cire. Lorsque le duo devient célèbre à Paris pour ses réalisations, Marie a pour modèles les plus grandes personnalités de l’époque : Voltaire, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, etc. Bientôt elle est accueillie à la Cour où elle prodigue des leçons de sculpture à la princesse Élisabeth, sœur du roi. En 1789, la capitale entre en ébullition, la foule exige des têtes. C’est le début d’une incroyable décennie pour Marie qui, échappant de peu à la guillotine, se voit chargée d’exécuter les masques mortuaires de ses amis les plus proches (Louis XVI), comme de ses ennemis les plus acharnés (Robespierre).

Author: Edward Carey, Publisher: Le Cherche Midi 

THE SUN AND HER STARS Hollywood was created by its “others”; that is, by women, Jews, and immigrants. Salka Viertel was all three and so much more. She was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo’s movies and also her most intimate friend. At one point during the Irving Thalberg years, Viertel was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot. Meanwhile, at her house in Santa Monica she opened her door on Sunday afternoons to scores of European émigrés who had fled from Hitler—such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg—along with every kind of Hollywood star, from Charlie Chaplin to Shelley Winters. In Viertel’s living room (the only one in town with comfortable armchairs, said one Hollywood insider), countless cinematic, theatrical, and musical partnerships were born. Viertel combined a modern-before-her-time sensibility with the Old-World advantages of a classical European education and fluency in eight languages. She combined great worldliness with great warmth. She was a true bohemian with a complicated erotic life, and at the same time a universal mother figure. A vital presence in the golden age of Hollywood, Salka Viertel is long overdue for her own moment in the spotlight.

Author: Donna Rifkind, Publisher: Other Press 

FEMMES AU FIL DU TEMPS Comment l’Histoire se décline-t-elle au féminin ? Une femme pouvait-elle être couronnée pharaon en Égypte antique ? Comment s’occupaient les femmes à la maison dans l’Antiquité grecque ? Quand ont-elles obtenu le droit de vote en Suisse ? Et la possibilité de conduire en France ? Femmes au fil du temps propose une rétrospective de l’histoire de l’humanité, de la Préhistoire au XXIe siècle, du point de vue des femmes. On y apprend comment les femmes occupaient leurs journées à différentes époques, ce qui leur était autorisé ou non, à partir de quand et comment elles ont pu avoir accès à une éducation et choisir leur carrière, etc. Les nombreuses informations intrigantes et faits historiques inconnus sont mis en valeur par les dessins colorés qui peuplent le livre. L’ouvrage parfait pour accompagner et compléter les cours d’histoire à l’école. À partir de 8 ans.

Author: Joanna Czaplewska, Publisher: Helvetiq 

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

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

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

Author: Dean Nicholson, Publisher: City Editions 

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

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

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

Author: Louison Nielman, Publisher: Editions Deux 

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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 

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

Author: Karen Webb, Publisher: Impress Books

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

Author: Robin Lafevers, Publisher: HMH Books 

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s Bill & Rosa’s selection of books to present some of the best of life in Paris.

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

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

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

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

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

Author: Marcie Maxfield, Publisher: She Writes Press 

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

Author: Anka Muhlstein, Publisher: Other Press 

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

Author: Hugues Bioret, Publisher: Bonhomme de chemin 

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

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

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

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

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

JEAN-BEBE ET BABY JOHN Jean, c’était un peu court pour un si beau bébé que ses parents aimaient tellement. Ils avaient hésité : Jean-Claude, Jean-Gontran ? Finalement, ils avaient choisi Jean-Bébé. Mais le premier jour d’école, quand la maîtresse a fait l’appel, toute la classe a éclaté de rire. « Pas Jean-bébé, madame, mais Baby-John », a rectifié Jean-Bébé. Seulement, maintenant, il va falloir convaincre ses parents…

Author: Colas Gutman, Marc Boutavant Publisher: L’école des loisirs 

COMMENT METTRE UNE BALEINE DANS UNE VALISE? Si vous deviez partir précipitamment, sans promesse de retour, qu’aime­riez-vous absolument emporter avec vous ? Il existe des valises pour presque tout : pour violons, pour trompettes, pour bouteilles, pour jumelles, pour manteaux… mais pas pour baleines !

Author: Guridi, Publisher: CotCotCot Editions 

Brick City PARIS It’s Paris – but not as you know it. This unofficial guide helps LEGO® fans of all ages discover the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou and 17 more landmarks recreated in amazing detail by top brick artists from around the world. Then make your own with 20 quick-build projects that include Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and a Tour de France cyclist. For adults and children aged 8 and up, Brick City – Paris is a fun and colourful introduction to the French capital, packed with secrets, stories and insights that bring the City of Light to life in an exciting and brick-tastic way. Suitable for children ages 9-12.

Author: Warren Elsmore, Publiher: Lonely Planet 

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID “Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL not a diary… The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM’s idea, not mine.” Things aren’t going well for Greg Heffley. He’s been thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Along with his friend Rowley, Greg’s desperate to prove his new maturity, which only going up a grade can bring. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, will Greg be able to reach the same heights of popularity as his best friend?

Author: Jeff Kinney, Publisher: Penguin 

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!

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 

PETITE We read and reviewed this book a few months ago. Little, the title in English, is such a great story, that we’re now presenting it again in the recently published French version. If you haven’t read this yet we have it in the Book Room in both languages. Née à Strasbourg en 1761, la jeune Marie Grosholz, future madame Tussaud, est employée dès son plus jeune âge comme apprentie par un sculpteur sur cire. Lorsque le duo devient célèbre à Paris pour ses réalisations, Marie a pour modèles les plus grandes personnalités de l’époque : Voltaire, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, etc. Bientôt elle est accueillie à la Cour où elle prodigue des leçons de sculpture à la princesse Élisabeth, sœur du roi. En 1789, la capitale entre en ébullition, la foule exige des têtes. C’est le début d’une incroyable décennie pour Marie qui, échappant de peu à la guillotine, se voit chargée d’exécuter les masques mortuaires de ses amis les plus proches (Louis XVI), comme de ses ennemis les plus acharnés (Robespierre).

Author: Edward Carey, Publisher: Le Cherche Midi 

THE SUN AND HER STARS Hollywood was created by its “others”; that is, by women, Jews, and immigrants. Salka Viertel was all three and so much more. She was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo’s movies and also her most intimate friend. At one point during the Irving Thalberg years, Viertel was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot. Meanwhile, at her house in Santa Monica she opened her door on Sunday afternoons to scores of European émigrés who had fled from Hitler—such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg—along with every kind of Hollywood star, from Charlie Chaplin to Shelley Winters. In Viertel’s living room (the only one in town with comfortable armchairs, said one Hollywood insider), countless cinematic, theatrical, and musical partnerships were born. Viertel combined a modern-before-her-time sensibility with the Old-World advantages of a classical European education and fluency in eight languages. She combined great worldliness with great warmth. She was a true bohemian with a complicated erotic life, and at the same time a universal mother figure. A vital presence in the golden age of Hollywood, Salka Viertel is long overdue for her own moment in the spotlight.

Author: Donna Rifkind, Publisher: Other Press 

FEMMES AU FIL DU TEMPS Comment l’Histoire se décline-t-elle au féminin ? Une femme pouvait-elle être couronnée pharaon en Égypte antique ? Comment s’occupaient les femmes à la maison dans l’Antiquité grecque ? Quand ont-elles obtenu le droit de vote en Suisse ? Et la possibilité de conduire en France ? Femmes au fil du temps propose une rétrospective de l’histoire de l’humanité, de la Préhistoire au XXIe siècle, du point de vue des femmes. On y apprend comment les femmes occupaient leurs journées à différentes époques, ce qui leur était autorisé ou non, à partir de quand et comment elles ont pu avoir accès à une éducation et choisir leur carrière, etc. Les nombreuses informations intrigantes et faits historiques inconnus sont mis en valeur par les dessins colorés qui peuplent le livre. L’ouvrage parfait pour accompagner et compléter les cours d’histoire à l’école. À partir de 8 ans.

Author: Joanna Czaplewska, Publisher: Helvetiq 

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

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

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

Author: Dean Nicholson, Publisher: City Editions 

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

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

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

Author: Louison Nielman, Publisher: Editions Deux 

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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 

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

Author: Karen Webb, Publisher: Impress Books

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

Author: Robin Lafevers, Publisher: HMH Books 

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

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

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

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