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A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light

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From the incomparable John Baxter, the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

“A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.”— Newsday

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Harper Perennial
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Chris
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction book for Feb 2019 My Book Box.

If anyone writes more beautifully about Paris than John Baxter, I’ve yet to read them.
This book is supposedly about Paris throughout the year. It loosely follows this (there are some jumps in season, time, and place) as well as a brief history of the Revolution’s desire to change the calenderer.

It is best to think of this book as part memoir of seasons of his life in Paris, as well as seasons of Paris. Each chapter is like a meditation.

There are int
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
There may be no better guide through Paris than John Baxter. He is an outsider and an insider, able to look at Paris with both the objective viewpoint of an onlooker and the heart of a Paris lover who has been invited to partake of the secret joys of the Paris life. He is a researcher and a writer who can combine the history of Paris with present-day Paris, the intellectualism of Paris with the bawdiness of Paris, the glory of Paris with the horrors of Paris, the reality of Paris with the myster ...more
LillyBooks
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Books about Paris are like books about bookshops - I'll read almost any of them. This one had a promising hook in which the reader was told the author would investigate and use the French Republican calendar, as created during the French Revolution, to tell the story of Paris throughout the year, especially how Parisians, despite being city dwellers, are still very tied to the rhythms of nature. I had it in my head that meant the author was actually going to start with the first month of said ca ...more
Elle
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this book a 3.5 rating, but the more I read the more it pulled me in. From the title, A Year In Paris, I was expecting to hear about the author’s life during a year (as in one year) in Paris (since he’s a transplant from Australia). Instead what I got was an interesting, time expanse of a history lesson through the years in Paris. I learned a lot. Mr. Baxter has an interesting way of writing and putting ideas together that I enjoy. Sometimes I did wonder where he was going wi ...more
Meghan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The nostalgia is real. RTC.
Richard Nettler
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. The juxtaposition between history and life in Paris is a delight.
Michelle
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, nonfiction
Love Baxter’s way of weaving facts and tidbits into life living in Paris.
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John Baxter (born 1939 in Randwick, New South Wales) is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker.

Baxter has lived in Britain and the United States as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989, where he is married to the film-maker Marie-Dominique Montel. They have one daughter, Louise.

He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New Worlds, Sci
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