• The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars

    By Jesse Kornbluth

    Maurice Dekobra?

    His name is now almost completely forgotten, but in 1927 he published a novel called “The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars" that sold a million copies in France. (It was eventually published in 24 languages.) In 1928, The New York Times described him as “the biggest seller of any living French writer --- or dead one either.”

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 October 2012 )
  • A Day in the Luxembourg Garden with Harriet Welty-Rochefort

    By David Downie

    Where can you see the daily spectacle of George Sand, Charles Baudelaire and Frédéric Chopin – not to mention Harriet Welty-Rochefort – striking significant poses as if resurrected from the dead?

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 October 2012 )
  • Rosecrans Baldwin, I Love You, But Your Book is not Really About Paris, So it's Letting Me Down

    By Mary Campbell Gallagher

    Rosecrans Baldwin has written a funny book with the arc of a love story. He and his wife desire Paris from afar, they move to Paris in rapture when his friend Pierre invites him to take a job writing advertising copy, and eighteen months later, depleted, they leave Paris.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 October 2012 )
  • Coquilles, Calva, and Crème: A Love Affair with Real French Food

    By Bill Marsano

    Last time I checked, which was, in fact, a few minutes ago, the median age of the French population is just a few decimal points under 40, which means it seems safe to say that G.Y. [Gerry] and Joanne Dryansky have been in France longer than most Frenchmen have. In almost half a century they have accumulated enough experiences and anecdotes to put together a memoir that resembles a well-prepared meal, and it comes in four courses via their latest book Coquilles, Calva, and Crème: Exploring France's Culinary Heritage: A Love Affair with Real French Food.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 June 2012 )
  • Book Review: Walks Through Lost Paris

    By Michele Kurlander

    There are more books written about Paris than anyone can wade through in a lifetime - and for those of us who stroll the streets of Paris with some regularity and familiarity, most of them feel repetitive and unneccessary. The only Paris guidebook I usually take with me is one of the three volumes of historian Thirza Vallois’ Around and About Paris, because Vallois is unique- including not only a comprehensive street by street guide to the entire city but also in depth insights into the Paris of both today and yesterday along with numerous historical tidbits. Therefore, I was surprised and excited when quite by accident I recently discovered another book to carry with me - one that covers much less of Paris than Thirza’s works, but covers it in a very different way - Leonard Pitt’s Walks Through Lost Paris.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 30 April 2012 )
  • Review: Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    By Janet Hulstrand

    There’s been an awful lot of flak over the publication of Bringing Up Bébé (by Pamela Druckerman), but is anyone reading it? Is anyone taking the opportunity to learn something about how we could improve our parenting skills by learning from the wisdom of the French?

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 )
  • Interview with Jamie Cat Callan - Author of "Bonjour, Happiness"

    By Katherine Brodsky

    "Happiness expert," author, and speaker, Jamie Cat Callan, was inspired by her French grandmother to return to France and discover the secret to joie de any age.  She shares those secrets in her latest book, "Bonjour Happiness." Callan has also previously authored "French Women Don't Sleep Alone," is the creator of The Writers Toolbox, appeared in The New York Times Modern Love column, won numerous awards, is an absolute Francophile, and a self-proclaimed, unabashed romantic. Callan offers keynote talks, lectures and workshops on “The Secrets to Joie de Vivre: How to love yourself for who you are right now.” caught up with Callan to glean some of those secrets...

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 )
  • Those French—Yes or no??

    By Robert Korengold

    150 Idees Recues Sur La FranceFor admirers of France and the French there are seemingly dozens of patented clichés and descriptions about the way the country works and how its citizens act and react.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2012 )
  • Writer's Words: Susan Hochbaum, Author of Pastry Paris: In Paris, Everything Looks Like Dessert

    By BP Editor

    Pastry Paris photo ©Susan Hochbaum 2011.Susan Hochbaum has written a luscious guidebook to Paris pâtisseries with photographs of Paris pastries juxtaposed against Paris landmarks. Equally as charming is her personal narrative about the serendipitous connections that lead her to love, an extended Paris sabbatical and her popular new book, Pastry Paris: In Paris, Everything Looks Like Dessert.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 December 2011 )
  • Book Review: La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino

    By Anne McCarthy

    Elaine Sciolino has written a thoughtful book in which she tries to define the French love of pleasure. Sciolino contents pleasure—and the art of extending it—are the basis of seduction, at least to the French. Call it persuasion or seduction, Anne McCarthy says Sciolino seduces withLa Seduction and in France, that's good.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 05 December 2011 )
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