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A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris, and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light

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You don t have to live in Paris to experience her unique beauty, allure, and enchantment. With this dazzling literary celebration of the City of Light, you can stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in "Me Talk Pretty One Day," sample croissants in a patisserie with M.F.K. Fisher in "As They Were," and savor Mona Lisa s smile at the Louvre with Mark Twain in "Innocents ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published July 18th 2010 by Adams Media Corporation (first published June 18th 2010)
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Kim
Feb 11, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, kindle

I'm in the mood for things French at the moment and this collection of writings about Paris seemed like an ideal way to indulge myself. The work consists of chapters, each of which contains an extract from a literary work in which Paris features in some way. Generally the pieces are set in Paris and are about Paris, although one of them - an extract from Madame Bovary - is about Emma Bovary's desire to go to Paris. At the beginning of each chapter Robertson provides biographical information abou
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Janice
Mar 06, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
I loved this little book. The author gives a brief history of the chosen authors, then a selection from their books about living in Paris. All famous authors, and some I'd never choose to read but after reading the excerpts I've added the books to my reading list (which is VERY long!). I enjoyed Paris when I was briefly there a number of years ago, and would dearly love to go back and this book carried me back to many of the places I saw when I was there. Lovely memories. All the authors are ...more
Susan
Apr 23, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
I just loved this book, and it was the perfect companion to have with me in Paris. I sat in cafes and wine bars and read a section each day. The book was charmingly edited with neighborhood updates on all the various areas as described by Colette or Zola or Hemingway or MFK Fisher.
Kathleen Brown
Nov 21, 2013 Kathleen Brown rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this read! A wonderful companion for a visit to this remarkable city, and I added a few books to my must-read list after enjoying A Literary Paris.
Ruth
Jan 05, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing approach to learning about Paris: through the eyes of noteworthy authors! Loved it.
Laura Bang
A nice little collection of stories about Paris, with a nice variety of different kinds of fiction and nonfiction. Most of these are excerpted from longer works -- and most of those are books that I would never pick up to read on my own, so it was nice to get a taste of them. The various stories depict the light and dark sides of Paris through the past two centuries (unfortunately the collection ends with a downer).

I also liked Robertson's brief notes on the places that were mentioned -- very ha
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Renee
Mar 21, 2012 Renee rated it liked it
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While I know that there are many books that take a literary journey through an real city, I have never read one before. I love Paris and when I won this book on First Reads, I was excited. However, I really don't think this kind of book is for me. While the author did a great job tying each story in to her Paris, the different voices and literary styles kept me unnerved. I did not enjoy every story; not every author appealed to my writing style. This book was excellent for what it was but I ...more
Cathy
Mar 15, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I checked this out at the library and will go buy it. It is a gorgeous book and would make a good gift. If you have fallen in love with Paris- or want to- this book reminds you in lots of different ways why this city is so alluring.
Liz
May 17, 2013 Liz rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable little book with snippets from other books about Paris. Some I enjoyed more than others and may someday get around to reading those in their entirety.
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Jamie Cox Robertson is a author of A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light, and An Uncommon Heroine: Scarlett, Edna, Sula and More Than 20 Other of the Most Remarkable Women in Literature. An Uncommon Heroine was born out of her interest in writing a novel with strong, memorable female characters while A Literary Paris came from her ...more
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