“The New Paris” book cover revealed!

12 December 2016

As I wrap up projects for the year and look back on the last twelve months, I find myself turning in circles around two questions: why was it so fleeting (with the follow-up question, is that feeling a byproduct of getting older or the internet?) and what did I manage to accomplish?

Since I have yet to answer the first one, I’ll go straight to the second. For one, I like to think I improved my decision-making abilities. What’s worth my time (which I finally understand is precious and shouldn’t be doled out frivolously), what makes me happy, and what will further my professional goals are all questions I believe I have better answers to than ever before. Though they won’t appreciate the compliment, I attribute much of this to my kittens, Leo and Charlie, who have forced me to reprioritize and be more present, partly because they need me to be. Never have I enjoyed laying around at home more than during this year with them. And if I’m going to spend time away from them — even thousands of miles away — it better be for a good reason. I’ve always considered myself discerning but I think it’s a more firmly anchored character trait after this year of serious adulting.

The cats were also a comfort while I was finalizing my manuscript in January, reviewing edits in March, re-shooting images in July, and oscillating between cover options (read: ball of stress); on top of near paralyzing dismay at the state of affairs in the world. There’s nothing quite like mass violence, despair, and a cataclysmic election cycle to make you latch onto life’s profundities.

Then, I think of my work — the stories I managed to tell, those which fell through the cracks — and, for the first time in my adult life, I feel proud. The beast of all of these stories was the one that will come into the world in April, graced with the cover you see above.

This was not an easy journey but it was almost unbearably edifying. Bringing an idea — or what begins more like a nugget — to life is an experience that many attempt to document but few adequately capture. The road to publishing has been a mixed bag of emotions from start to finish.  The cover, which involved twenty-six rounds of feedback, a few sleepless nights, and a whole lot of excitement, was the massive cherry on top, if that cherry is meant to encompass everything in the sundae beneath it and seduce in one quick glance.

The photo selection was almost a no-brainer. An image of Boot Café, a specialty coffee shop in the Haut Marais owned by the American furniture designer Phil Euell and his wife, was the unanimous winner not merely because it is home to truly delicious coffee, prepared by talented baristas hailing from Japan and the U.K., but because it symbolizes the movement I describe in the book. Old in form, new in vision. Entrepreneurial, artisanal, small, personal. It is a personal happy place for me and also the backdrop for my own personal platonic meet-cute with Frank Barron (aka Cakeboy Paris), who you see reading the newspaper out front, dandy and charming as ever. We met years back at this very café, both of us with our respective partners and him with his Boston Terrier named Parker who caught my attention. That he agreed to play an extra and appear on the cover makes me immeasurably happy.

Once we agreed upon the font color, the typeface, and the layout of the tagline, the whole project began to feel like a completed thing. Perhaps not yet a book — that will sink in once I have the first advanced copies in my hands — but the next best step.

So here it is, mes amis. I hope it will make you smile when you see it in your nearest bookstores or online, and that it will speak to you in some way.

To read some early praise for “The New Paris” by guide, writer, and food-lover extraordinaire Wendy Lyn (spoiler: she called it a “game-changer”!!!), click over to her site Paris is My Kitchen! To pre-order, please visit my Books page

  • I could not be MORE proud of you ! XO

    • LostInCheeseland

      Mardi, THANK YOU. Your support over the years has meant the world to me. And I can’t wait to see what you’re going to bring into the world in due time — countdown is on!!!

  • You write so beautifully Lindsey, I cannot wait to hold the book in my hands and read all the wonderful stories you have to say about Paris. You’re super inspiring, congratulations!
    Xxxx Pauline

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you Pauline!! It’s such a fun story that we met at many of the places I discuss in the book. It’s been a treat to follow YOU too! 🙂

  • I’m so excited for you, and love the cover! So cool to see Frank on it. 😉

    • LostInCheeseland

      THank you my sweet!!!

  • Susan

    Can’t wait for your book! I too adore Paris and also believe that this exceptionally beautiful – and still traditional – city can change. Perhaps it is becoming a bit more welcoming? A little edgier? I love all its personifications. Felicitations!

    • LostInCheeseland

      Merci Susan! You’re exactly right and that’s a lot of what I talk about in the book! I look forward to your thoughts once you’ve read it!

  • Karryll

    Really, cats are the answer to pretty much everything! Congratulations, Lindsey! I look forward to your book

    • LostInCheeseland

      Agreed, Karryll! They teach us so much!

  • Georgianna Lane

    Congratulations, Lindsey! Love the cover and can’t wait for the release! (Strangely coincidentally, Boot Cafe was the location of the pivotal meeting that launched my own Paris book adventure – and what fun that we are both with Abrams.) Wishing you absolutely huge success!!

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you Goergianna! I can’t wait to get yours!! And hooray for Abrams, they’ve been phenomenal!

      • Georgianna Lane

        Yes, they have been! A dream!!!

  • Oh congratulations Lindsey!! The book cover looks fantastic; I’m now even more excited to read it!! xxx

    • LostInCheeseland

      Aw thank you Miranda! I do hope you’ll find it a good read!

  • kerrin

    just beyond extraordinary, and extraordinarily exciting ! for you and us the potential readers. can not wait to get my hands on this book and read it surely from cover to cover (barring interruptions from hungry, tired, crying or otherwise needy children). hope to congratulate you in person (ENFIN !) and perhaps even over an ispahan croissant… bises from over the border !

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you Kerrin! I too hope we can FINALLY meet 🙂 xoxox

  • So exciting, Lindsey! Congratulations, I can’t wait to read it. You are such an inspiration 🙂

    • LostInCheeseland

      You’re too kind; thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

  • Oui In France

    Congrats on everything! Beautiful cover as well 😉

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you so very much!

  • Congratulations! Looking forward to read it!

    • LostInCheeseland

      Merci Darina!

  • Jill Barth

    Congratulations! How lovely.
    The yellow playfulness caught my eye… great stuff!

    • LostInCheeseland

      I hope other readers feel as you do 🙂 Thank you Jill!

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    Congratulations! The cover looks amazing, it is a little genre scene :). I can’t wait to read the book!

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you Gustavo!! I hope you enjoy it!

  • I cannot WAIT to have a copy of this on my coffee table in Nashville. It’s GORGEOUS, Lindsey!

    • LostInCheeseland

      Thank you my love!!! I can’t wait for you to see it!