Books about Paris and French


Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart (2014

by William Alexander

Alexander catalogues his one-year quest to learn French as a forgetful 57-year-old, touring the fields of linguistics, history, and neuroscience along the way.


My Part-Time Paris LifeMy (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (2016)

by Lisa Anselmo

After her mother’s death, Anselmo buys an apartment in Paris to start building a new life—and ends up further outside her comfort zone than she expected.

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How Paris Became Paris

How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City (2015)

by Joan DeJean

DeJean chronicles the changes in urban architecture, social life, and fashion that made Paris a cutting-edge city in the 17th century.

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Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon (2000)

by Adam Gopnik

Gopnik’s book is a portrait of everyday life in Paris, but also a sharp commentary on French psychology and a memoir of life as an expat dad.

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Paris A Love Story

Paris: A Love Story (2013)

by Kati Marton

Marton’s memoir is punctuated by visits to Paris, as she navigates a high-profile media career, two marriages, and grief.

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Only Street in ParisThe Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs (2015)

by Elaine Sciolino

Sciolino chronicles everyday life in her Rue des Martyrs community, a part of Paris that still feels like a village.

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Paris My SweetParis, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) (2012)

by Amy Thomas

Thomas’s sugary adventures in Paris parallel her rollercoaster of emotions as an American transported to a new city all alone. Desserts become a metaphor for lessons about life and what happens when you get everything you wished for.

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