Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Les Signes in France






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Top French-ish Things I Love

French cafes


The Eiffel Tower


Picnics


Scarves


The French language


French bread


French food


French art


French fashion


French markets


All photos from my 2010 trip to France.


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sitting in Silence for the World. And Hugging Our Grandchildren.



There are troubles in America.

Sometimes the only thing we can do is sit in silence and hug our grandchildren.



Yes, there are troubles in America, but all is well in Paris in July. 

I'm reading twelve books at once. All except one are French. I read a chapter in one book and then read a few pages in another. The tv is off. 

Here's what I'm reading:
covertitle Up arrowauthor
Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes

Bonjour tristesse

Buying a Piece of Paris

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

Girl in Dior

In the Café of Lost Youth

The Little Paris Kitchen

Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris

Satori in Paris & Pic

The Story of Diva and Flea

The Sun Also Rises

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower



Maybe I can take away a little hope, a little peace, a little compassion for the world from these books.


What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Je Suis un Flâneur Dans une Rue de Paris*




* I Am a Stroller on a Street in Paris



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Books I've Enjoyed That You Might Have Missed




The challenge this week from The Broke and the Bookish is to list our top ten books that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I decided to focus on French and French-ish books. And I decided to choose books that have less than 1000 ratings

It was interesting to discover how other people have rated books I have rated. Here's what I discovered:

* More than a third of the books I've read and reviewed have been reviewed by less than 1000 people. I like that.

* I have forty-one books read that more than a million people have rated on Goodreads. Wow. 

* The two books I've read with the least number of ratings---one rating and it's mine---are children's books I've read in French.

Here, then, are some French books you may have missed:



French Books You May Have Missed


Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris
18
Do you need a guide to the best pastries of Paris? There can be no guide more complete than this one. Mind the copyright date, of course, but give thi ...more
Paris (City-Lit)
24
If you are going to Paris or if you’ve been to Paris or if you’ve ever wanted to go to Paris, you must read this book. It’s a collection of very, very ...more
Crêpes by Suzette‎
73
It was the Paris setting that persuaded me to review my first-ever book app.

Crêpes by Suzette is a book app that was developed from
the children's pic
 ...more
100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go
75
I'm a lucky girl. In 2010, in what must have been a heavenly intervention, I was able to leave my ordinary life, fly across the big ocean, and spend t ...more




Minnie and Moo Go to Paris (Minnie and Moo (DK Paperback))
86
Minnie and Moo are two cows that decide to make off with a bus and see the world. Neither of these two cows are very good at reading signs as they stu ...more [edit]
In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel
87
Read the subtitle before you start telling me what an amazing reader I am. Full disclosure here: It's a graphic novel of Proust's mega-tome. I must sa ...more [edit]
An Armadillo in Paris
89
If an armadillo can go to Paris, we can all go. Arlo is such an armadillo, and he’s following in the footsteps of his adventurer grandfather Augustin. ...more




Blossoming In Provence
126
All you need to say is “French setting” and I come running. I read Espinasse’s earlier book, Words in a French Life, a few years ago and liked the way ...more
Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams
135
That's Paris Times Eight. Kelly visits Paris, yes, eight times, and each trip changes her. Hope I will have my own Paris Times One experience this sum ...more
Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light
147
John Baxter takes on yet another tour of Paris, this time at night. Baxter spouts out story after story as he leads us around the city in the dark for ...more
750 Years in Paris
154
Now isn't this fun? Mahé takes a building in Paris from the time it was first built until the present day, stopping now and then to take a close look ...more
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart
186
I can ask one simple question and your answer will tell me if you will like this book.

Here goes: Do you like Paris?

If you answer yes, you will like it
 ...more
The Queen of France
207
Rose decides she is royal when she wakes up, so she becomes the Queen of France. She seeks out Rose’s mother, but no one knows where Rose is. She pric ...more
Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living
212
Arbor is a Frenchman now living in America who owns a restaurant. One of the pleasures of this book is that it contains many, many recipes. But that i ...more
The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir
213
Nikki Moustaki has had a lifelong love affair with birds, a love affair inspired and nurtured by her grandfather’s love and respect for birds. But whe ...more
The Tapestry of Love
217
I was offered a copy of The Tapestry of Love from the author. The author had sent me her previous novel last year and I found it to be a small but com ...more
The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France
222
Some writers have all the fun. John Baxter, an expat twenty-year Paris-ite and writer, decides to set off around France in search of all the wonderful ...more
Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
285
You really have to see this book to really appreciate how lovely it is. Yes, Vivian Swift has written the story of the road trip she and her new husba ...more
We'll Always Have Paris: Sex & Love in the City of Light
307
Baxter interweaves the tale of his love story with Marie-Do, his love story with Paris, and the story of love and sex in Paris in this book, We'll Alw ...more
The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France
317
Ray Walker didn’t even like wine until he took a sip of a startlingly amazing wine in Italy. He was hooked. He single-mindedly began a quest to learn ...more
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
351
Nobody thought Henri Rousseau could paint. Did that stop him? No, he painted on, past cruel remarks and vicious critiques and scathing reviews. On and ...more
A Town Like Paris: Falling in Love in the City of Light
414
Australian Bryce Corbett somehow finds himself in the most bewitching, the most bewildering of towns, Paris. He bungles his way through working at his ...more
French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting
421
American children are brats.

(Ouch. That hurts.)

That’s true. We know it is true. But it still hurts to write it down.

And I’m not just talking about Oth
 ...more
Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
438
Not only have I fallen in love with two baseball books among this year's Cybils nonfiction picture book nominees, but I am enamored of two books about ...more
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
461
Julia Child is a wonder to us in America. She somehow managed to break every cultural norm for women of her time (she worked and lived independently f ...more
My Secret Guide to Paris
470
Nora desperately wants to visit Paris. Her grandmother has shared story after story with her of the delights of the city, and now Nora hopes to finall ...more
French By Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France
473
A job transfer sends Ramsey and her husband and three young children off to France. The countryside is beautiful, but the people are…well, irascible. ...more
Paris Is Always a Good Idea
533
A little mystery...a little romance...and, of course, Paris. That's the gist of this book.

Rosalie is the owner of a tiny postcard shop in Paris. One
...more
Provence A-Z
572
Its appeal was also its downfall: The little stories were often just a bit too little. I should have stuck with the abridgement.
Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas
591
Paris. Sigh. I’m a sucker for anything-Paris. I’m so blinded by the beauty of Paris that I can’t properly evaluate any set-in-Paris book. And this sto ...more [edit]
The 6:41 to Paris
599
The simplest of plots: a man and a woman sit down next to each other on the train to Paris. Insert a small twist: the man and woman knew each other we ...more
Serve It Forth
616
Brilliant essays loosely written on the theme of food.





Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
693
I wanted to give up on this book. It was too much work to keep flipping between the French words intermingled with the essay and the dictionary at the ...more
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris
723
If you have never had the experience of reading the prose of one of those old, amazing newspapermen, Liebling is your fellow. And where does he take y ...more 

Have you read any of these?





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Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
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