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For some reason I’ve been interested in France for a long as I can remember. I took French in school and went to Paris for my first trip overseas. Though I’ve been to many different places since then, there’s still something about the city that gets to me – I love it. And I love reading about it. Especially when it comes to reading other foreigners’ accounts of living in France or Paris as expats…perhaps because I would love to do the same thing at some point.
Of course there are about a million books about Paris, but some of my favorite are:
I’ve read this memoir more than once and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. Though published after her death, My Life in France was compiled by Julia Child and her grandnephew about her French life and the beginning of her cooking career. The book is insightful, interesting and showcases a fascinating woman with a unique character and story. It will also make you hungry.
Here’s another one that will make you want to start cooking. If you at all like France or food, you will appreciate this book in which American pastry chef David Lebovitz recounts what it’s like to move to Paris while mixing in fantastic food finds and personal recipes. The thing that really makes The Sweet Life in Paris appealing is Lebovitz’s writing – he is funny and sarcastic and seems like someone you’d want to be at a dinner party with.
Many personal accounts of expats in France make the experience sound like a dream…perhaps difficult at times but always worth it to live in la belle France – A Year in the Merde does not. Written by an Englishman, Stephen Clarke, the book points out the difficulties, frustrations and idiosyncrasies of living in Paris in a humorous way.
Have you read any of these books about Paris? Which others would you add to the list?
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