The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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June 12, 2011

Americans in Paris

I hope Mrs. Gaskell won't mind if I set her aside for a week (probably two, possibly three).  There were more than 250 requests for our library system's 50 available copies of David McCullough's newest book The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris, and I originally hoped that maybe I'd get it in time for Paris in July.  But Friday afternoon, when I ran in to return a DVD, there it was.

I was even thinking that I might follow a theme of Americans in Paris for Paris in July. What do you think? Any recommendations? Not sure if I'll be able to join in on time, but Dolce Bellezza is reading Hemingway's A Moveable Feast this month with her friends, and I'd love to finally read that, too.

{This beautiful painting by Renoir, The Pont Neuf, Paris (1872), is on the cover of the book
and in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.}

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Frances said...

That sounds like a wonderful idea! I have not firmly committed to either Paris in July or Bellezza's read but I think that once school ends I will be more inclined to cave. :) And great luck getting the McCullogh! I firmly believe that boks we are meant to read find their way to us.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise to have gotten this faster than expected! David McCullough was a guest on "Charlie Rose" last week and gave a wonderful, lengthy interview, talking about the book as well as his approach to history. If you're interested, you can see it here. It has definitely made me more excited to read The Greater Journey!

Karen K. said...

I'm sure there are lots of memoirs about Americans living in Paris -- off the top of my head, I remember Almost French by Sarah Turnbull and The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn. And you can't beat Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris which is just hilarious.

I myself am planning to read The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy and My Life in France by Julia Child.

Bellezza said...

I hope you can join us in A Moveable Feast, but another to put on your list is Gopnik's Paris to The Moon. So love that book. And, did you see Matt's post on The Most Beautiful Walk In The World? Three books which seem fabulous, the Gopnik one the only I've read personally. So far. :)

Lisa said...

If it includes fiction, there is Sarah Smith's wonderful 3-book mystery series. The first, The Vanished Child, is set mostly in the US. The second, The Knowledge of Water, takes place in Paris in 1910, and the third, A Citizen of the Country, partly in Paris.

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