About “The New Paris”

22 March 2017
The New Paris Image by Charissa Fay

With just under one month before “The New Paris” lands on bookshelves or arrives in your mailboxes, I thought I’d share a bit about what motivated me to write the book in the first place. Unlike many authors, I haven’t been harboring a publishing ambition since childhood nor did I ever think that writing a book would be a realistic step in my career trajectory. In fact, if it weren’t for a conversation with my friend Nichole, astute in all creative matters and one of my longtime mentors, this book may not have even been an object to hold in your hands at all. It may have remained a nugget of an idea or come together in another way at a different time. I have always followed books and stories written about Paris with studied interest. I have a short list of favorites that I enjoy for their wit, their edifying qualities or their humor, but a longer list of titles that I don’t feel add any value to my experience or for travelers who have been to Paris time and again. I felt frustrated that few books were depicting what everyday life was like in Paris. What the streets looked like, what the […]…

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“The New Paris” book pre-order giveaway!

7 March 2017

Less than 1.5 months until “The New Paris” is released in bookstores around the world! I couldn’t be more excited. Well, perhaps I can be: I have something extra to share with you! My very talented friend, watercolor artist, and author Jessie Kanelos Weiner has designed and painted an exclusive map (sneak peek below! If you’re reading in your email, click to see the animation HERE) that will be printed and mailed to every reader (U.S. mailing address required, mes amis!) who has pre-ordered a copy of “The New Paris”! On the map, you’ll find a handful of spots that I discuss and/or feature in the book, plus a few landmarks to situate you. If you’ve already pre-ordered, go on and grab that confirmation email you received, take a screen shot, and upload it into the form below with your details! You’ll then be on the list to receive this special goodie when the book is released on April 18th. Haven’t pre-ordered? Head to my BOOKS page to find a list of retailers! Entries accepted through April 17th. For all your support, un grand MERCI! Fill out my online form.…

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Favorite French Reads of 2016

20 December 2016

It’s been a rocky year for humanity overall but a great year for readers, particularly those who enjoy books about France or that take place there. In the run-up to the holidays (and for all you last-minute gift givers), here are a few of the titles I particularly enjoyed in 2016. Markets of Provence The second market-driven book from Marjorie Williams is a colorful guide to Provence’s food, antiques, crafts, and other regional specialities. A celebration of market culture, Williams demonstrates that they not only define the Provencial character but their role in forging social bonds among its people. Bonus: it’s small enough to travel with you comfortably! When in French To say I loved this book is putting it mildly. While Lauren is known for reporting on subjects ranging from Michelle Obama to the political undertones at the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris, she turned her attention to a much more personal story — her own journey from North Carolina, to London (where she met her French husband Olivier) and to Geneva, where they lived for several years before arriving in Paris. It is at once a hysterical account of the seemingly endless series of hurdles, adjustments, sacrifices and head-scratching moments inherent to expat […]…

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The Only Street in Paris: Exclusive Excerpt by Elaine Sciolino

28 December 2015

As the year comes to a close and many of you are flush with holiday free time and are perhaps in search of a good book to dive into with a glass of wine, I thought I would share one of my favorite recent reads. I’ve previously featured author and journalist Elaine Sciolino on this site (back in 2011!) and have enjoyed following her stories from all corners of France for the New York Times over the last several years. But I’ve been most intrigued by her declarations of love for a very personal piece of her Parisian life — the neighborhood and, more specifically, the street, she has called home for the last decade. Her new book “The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs” spoke to me not only because I know the street well but because I have a similar attachment to my own neighborhood, my street, the characters that make up its narrative and the energy they exude. Part memoir, part travelogue, Sciolino’s book is a magical stroll through one of the city’s most coveted streets, brimming with artisans old and new who have, somewhat unwittingly, ushered in a sense of renewal in […]…

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Old vs. New Craft Cocktails: the Evolution of the Bloody Mary in Paris

19 October 2015

Up until fairly recently, Paris was anything but a destination for cocktail enthusiasts. You could find bar classics at extortionate prices in luxury hotels, uber sweet Mojitos at no-name bars, but little else. But since the Experimental Group stoked a movement with the launch of the first Experimental Cocktail Club in 2007, the cocktails and spirits scene has undergone a drastic transformation. Today, Paris ranks among the world’s best cities for innovative craft cocktails and talented mixologists. Celebrating this exciting change is Doni Belau, founder of The Girl’s Guide to Paris, in her new book Paris Cocktails (Cider Mill Press). Belau not only covers the new wave of bars and bartenders but also a historical context that may surprise most readers (hint: a cocktail culture in the capital first emerged in the 1800s!). Here, the author shares a bit of background to one of the world’s most iconic cocktails and how it has been updated for today’s tastes. The classic Bloody Mary cocktail has come a long way from its creation in 1921 as a cure for a hangover to the various ingenious riffs on the recipe, which you can savor today in Paris or in your own home. Harry’s […]…

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