Paris Time Capsule

Paris Time Capsule
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Bookouture
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1800191022
ISBN 13: 9781800191020
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris Time Capsule Book Review:

An utterly unforgettable and heartbreaking novel about a young woman whose life was ripped apart by the Second World War and the power her story holds today. From bestselling author Ella Carey, Paris Time Capsule shows that pulling on the tiniest thread of a life can unravel everything you thought you knew, and change your world forever. The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down… 1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her apartment as the Germans tighten their hold on Paris, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months she has been playing a dangerous game of secrets with the Nazis, trying to keep the people she loves safe. At last, she secures passage out of the city, packs her best jewels into a small suitcase and steps into the treacherous night… New York, 2015. Photographer Cat Jordan is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she is the sole heir of the estate of Isabelle de Florian. She was a friend of Cat’s enigmatic grandmother, who both lived in France until the Nazi occupation forced them to flee. The letter offers few details but is clear on one point: Cat must come to Paris in person. When she arrives, Cat is enchanted by Isabelle’s beautiful apartment. But why did she leave it to a stranger? Determined to find the truth, Cat investigates her grandmother and Isabelle’s escape from Paris, and discovers that Isabelle was hunted by the Nazis in 1940. But as Cat searches through the dusty letters in the apartment, will the secret she finds change everything she knows about Isabelle and herself? From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly spellbinding novel about wartime secrets. Fans of Rhys Bowen, The Nightingale and My Name is Eva will keep this story close forever. This book was first published in 2015. Readers are utterly captivated by Paris Time Capsule! “Wonderful! Wonderful!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book!!!!! Such a timeless piece of work! This book will forever make me love Paris!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Absolutely stunning from start to finish. From the moment the author took me inside the apartment I was hopelessly trapped!… I was so lost in this stunning world… Simply magical… I highly recommend this read.” “WOW... Just wow… I absolutely love this story and these characters... This story is filled with everything from romance to mystery.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “OMG! This book is so wonderful! I would absolutely love to get a letter saying there was an apartment in Paris with my name on it, an apartment that had been left locked up for years no less. AHH!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow. Just wow. This was an absolutely gorgeous read… I was hooked. It’s rare I find a book that I don’t want to finish because I was enjoying it so much but this is one of them.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I was hooked and could’ve read all night… The twists and turns were ones I didn’t see coming. I loved it!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Hooked from the first page and would keep turning the pages till late at night, trying to unravel the mystery this story is. It is a mysterious, thrilling and suspenseful story.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great story! Loved the suspense and meeting the different characters who impacted the story. Definitely didn’t see the end coming the way it did! Perfect mix of mystery and romance... Highly recommend!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I read it in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down… Just so good and the characters are rich and full. Don’t miss this one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Absolutely stunning from start to finish… Captured my attention so I wished I could climb inside this book… Everything about this book was simply magical.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this book. I absolutely loved it! I devoured this book over the course of two days.” Around the World in Books

Paris Time Capsule

Paris Time Capsule
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-03-20
ISBN 10: 9780648801306
ISBN 13: 0648801306
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris Time Capsule Book Review:

Cat Jordan is a vintage loving, New York photographer who is ready to begin a new life with her successful boyfriend. But when she learns she's inherited the Parisian estate of a complete stranger- a woman named Isabelle de Florian who befriended Cat's legendary grandmother during the 1930's in Paris- Cat's life is turned upside down.Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Epoque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman's family knew nothing about this treasure filled secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave her inheritance to Cat instead of her own family? As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian's grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat begins to doubt everything she knew.

From a Paris Balcony

From a Paris Balcony
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2016-10-11
ISBN 10: 9781503940505
ISBN 13: 1503940500
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From a Paris Balcony Book Review:

Heartbroken and alone, Boston art curator Sarah West is grieving the recent deaths of her parents and the end of her marriage. Ultrasensible by nature, she's determined to stay the course to get her life back on track. But fate has something else in mind. While cleaning out her father's closet, she finds a letter from the famous Parisian courtesan Marthe de Florian, dated 1895. The subject? Sarah's great-great-aunt Louisa's death. Legend has it Louisa committed suicide...but this letter implies there's more to that story. Determined to learn the truth, Sarah, against her nature, impulsively flies to Paris. There she's drawn into the world of her flatmate, the brilliant artist Laurent Chartier. As she delves deep into the glittering Belle Époque to unravel the mystery, Sarah finds that her aunt's story may offer her exactly what she needs to open up to love again. Following Sarah in the present day and Louisa in the 1890s, this moving novel spans more than a century to tell the stories of two remarkable women.

A Paris Apartment

A Paris Apartment
Author: Michelle Gable
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2014-04-22
ISBN 10: 1466849622
ISBN 13: 9781466849624
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Paris Apartment Book Review:

The New York Times Best Seller! Now with an excerpt of Michelle's new book, I'll See You in Paris! Bienvenue à Paris! When April Vogt's boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "decrepit." She hears Paris. She hears escape. Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April's quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman. It's about discovering two women, actually. With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's private diaries, April tries to uncover the many secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into Marthe's life, April can't help but take a deeper look into her own. Having left behind in the States a cheating husband, a family crisis about to erupt, and a career she's been using as the crutch to simply get by, she feels compelled to sort out her own life too. When the things she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian delicacies beyond flaky pâtisseries tempt her better judgment, April knows that both she and Marthe deserve happy finales. Whether accompanied by croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, Michelle Gable's A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women.

The Velvet Hours

The Velvet Hours
Author: Alyson Richman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 110161580X
ISBN 13: 9781101615805
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Velvet Hours Book Review:

From the international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Garden of Letters, comes a story—inspired by true events—of two women pursuing freedom and independence in Paris during WWII. As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved.

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-09-10
ISBN 10: 9781542091398
ISBN 13: 154209139X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Horizon Book Review:

From the author of The House by the Lake comes a powerful novel of friendship during World War II, fighting for the truth, and making peace with the past. At the height of World War II, Eva Scott's dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves balmy California and the man she loves for grueling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in North Carolina. Vastly outnumbered by men and amid contempt, discrimination, and sabotage, Eva and her closest friends, the unconventional Nina and straightlaced Helena, remain loyal to their mission and to each other. They stay focused on the horizon, determined to prove themselves capable women pilots. Until a fatal mission sends Eva's dream crashing to earth . . . Now, decades later, is it possible to discover the truth about the night that changed her life? Is there any hope she'll recover all that she's lost? When Eva finds herself embroiled in the fight to get military recognition for the WASP, she's forced to confront the past, and to make a decision that could forever change her future. Thrilling and inspiring, Beyond the Horizon is a portrait of love, friendship, and valor in a time of war--and a tribute to the brave women who risked their lives for their country.

The Things We Don t Say

The Things We Don t Say
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9781503902534
ISBN 13: 1503902536
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Things We Don t Say Book Review:

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman's past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved... Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick's death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love. To Emma's granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura's tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother's and Patrick's legacies are worth fighting for. As the stories of two women entwine, it's time for Emma to summon up the past--even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets.

Secret Shores

Secret Shores
Author: Ella Carey
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 9781542046497
ISBN 13: 1542046491
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secret Shores Book Review:

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift’s dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it’s into those roiling waters that she disappears. Forty-one years later, Tess Miller’s dreams are crashing, too. The once-successful New York editor has lost her most prestigious author to the handsome new golden boy of publishing. Meanwhile, she’s stuck with Edward Russell, a washed-up Australian poet writing a novel about some obscure artist named Rebecca Swift. But Tess may have underestimated Russell. His book is not only true—it’s a searing, tragic romance and a tantalizing mystery set in a circle of postwar modernists. When Tess uncovers a long-hidden secret, she’s drawn even deeper into Rebecca’s enigmatic life and death. As Rebecca’s past intertwines with the present, Tess finds herself falling for the last man she thought she’d ever be drawn to. On the way, she discovers the power of living an authentic life—and that transcendent love never really dies.

The Paper Girl of Paris

The Paper Girl of Paris
Author: Jordyn Taylor
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-05-26
ISBN 10: 0062936654
ISBN 13: 9780062936653
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Paper Girl of Paris Book Review:

Code Name Verity meets Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution in this gripping debut novel. NOW: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about. THEN: Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises—to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.

Lost in Paris

Lost in Paris
Author: Elizabeth Thompson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-04-13
ISBN 10: 1982149094
ISBN 13: 9781982149093
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost in Paris Book Review:

“A luscious, layered story of inheritance, heartbreak, reinvention, and family. I adored this book.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author When a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret life of a family matriarch—perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet life leading Jane Austen-themed tours through the British countryside. But on New Year’s Eve, everything comes crashing down when she arrives back at her London flat to find her mother, Marla, waiting for her. Marla’s brought two things with her: a black eye from her ex-boyfriend and an envelope. Its contents? The deed to an apartment in Paris, an old key, and newspaper clippings about the death of a famous writer named Andres Armand. Hannah, wary of her mother’s motives, reluctantly agrees to accompany her to Paris, where against all odds, they discover great-grandma Ivy’s apartment frozen in 1940 and covered in dust. Inside the apartment, Hannah and Marla discover mysterious clues about Ivy’s life—including a diary detailing evenings of drinking and dancing with Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, and other iconic expats. Outside, they retrace her steps through the city in an attempt to understand why she went to such great lengths to hide her Paris identity from future generations. A heartwarming and charming saga set in the City of Lights, Lost in Paris is an unforgettable celebration of family and the love between a mother and a daughter.

Paris Pan Takes the Dare

Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Author: Cynthea Liu
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780399250439
ISBN 13: 0399250433
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris Pan Takes the Dare Book Review:

Friendless because of her family's frequent moves, twelve-year-old Chinese American Paris Pan wants very much to fit in with the seemingly friendly girls in her new school, even if it means taking a dare to spend the night in a spooky woods, reputedly haunted by the ghost of a girl who died there years ago.

My Life in France

My Life in France
Author: Julia Child,Alex Prud'homme
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2006-04-04
ISBN 10: 0307264726
ISBN 13: 9780307264725
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Life in France Book Review:

The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France in her own words—and the basis for the film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story—struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe—unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.

Lessons from Madame Chic

Lessons from Madame Chic
Author: Jennifer L. Scott
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-11-06
ISBN 10: 1476702799
ISBN 13: 9781476702797
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lessons from Madame Chic Book Review:

Inspired by Paris, this lighthearted and deceptively wise contemporary memoir serves as a guidebook for women on the path to adulthood, sophistication, and style. Jennifer Scott’s self-published success is now a beautifully packaged and fully illustrated gift book, perfect for any woman looking to lead a more fulfilling, passionate, and artful life. Paris may be the City of Light, but for many it is also the City of Transformation. When Jennifer Scott arrived in Paris as an exchange student from California, she had little idea she would become an avid fan of French fashion, lifestyle, and sophistication. Used to a casual life back home, in Paris she was hosted by a woman she calls “Madame Chic,” mistress of a grand apartment in the Sixteenth Arrondissement. Madame Chic mentors Jennifer in the art of living, with elegance and an impeccably French less-is-more philosophy. Three-course meals prepared by the well-dressed Madame Chic (her neat clothes covered by an apron, of course) lure Jennifer from her usual habit of frequent snacks, junk food, sweatpants, and TV. Additional time spent with “Madame Bohemienne,” a charming single mother who passionately embraces Parisian joie de vivre, introduces readers to another facet of behind-closed-doors Parisian life. While Francophiles will appreciate this memoir of a young woman’s adventure abroad, others who may not know much about France will thrill to the surprisingly do-able (yet chic!) hair and makeup lessons, plus tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe with just ten useful core pieces. Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals the valuable secrets Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic’s tutelage—tips you can master no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn the art of eating (deprive yourself not; snacking is not chic), fashion (buy the best you can afford), grooming (le no-makeup look), among other tips. From entertaining to decor, you will gain insights on how to cultivate old-fashioned sophistication while living an active, modern life. Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for a woman that wants to look good, live well, and enjoy that Parisian je ne sais quoi in her own arrondissement.

The Greater Journey

The Greater Journey
Author: David McCullough
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2011-05-24
ISBN 10: 1416576894
ISBN 13: 9781416576891
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greater Journey Book Review:

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough. Not all pioneers went west. In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, whose encounters with black students at the Sorbonne inspired him to become the most powerful voice for abolition in the US Senate. Friends James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Morse not only painting what would be his masterpiece, but also bringing home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Harriet Beecher Stowe traveled to Paris to escape the controversy generated by her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Three of the greatest American artists ever—sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent—flourished in Paris, inspired by French masters. Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris, and the nightmare of the Commune. His vivid diary account of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris is published here for the first time. Telling their stories with power and intimacy, McCullough brings us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’ phrase, longed “to soar into the blue.

The Lost Girls of Paris

The Lost Girls of Paris
Author: Pam Jenoff
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-01-29
ISBN 10: 1460398769
ISBN 13: 9781460398760
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lost Girls of Paris Book Review:

A New York Times Bestseller “Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II. 1946, Manhattan One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal. Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances. A Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book, PopSugar Must-Read, and Glamour Best of 2019 “An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime. Read these other sweeping epics from New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff. The Orphan’s Tale The Ambassador’s Daughter The Diplomat’s Wife The Kommandant’s Girl The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach The Winter Guest

Couples

Couples
Author: John Updike
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2012-03-13
ISBN 10: 0679645721
ISBN 13: 9780679645726
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Couples Book Review:

“Trapped in their cozy catacombs, the couples have made sex by turns their toy, their glue, their trauma, their therapy, their hope, their frustration, their revenge, their narcotic, their main line of communication and their sole and pitiable shield against the awareness of death.”—Time One of the signature novels of the American 1960s, Couples is a book that, when it debuted, scandalized the public with prose pictures of the way people live, and that today provides an engrossing epitaph to the short, happy life of the “post-Pill paradise.” It chronicles the interactions of ten young married couples in a seaside New England community who make a cult of sex and of themselves. The group of acquaintances form a magical circle, complete with ritualistic games, religious substitutions, a priest (Freddy Thorne), and a scapegoat (Piet Hanema). As with most American utopias, this one’s existence is brief and unsustainable, but the “imaginative quest” that inspires its creation is eternal. Praise for Couples “Couples [is] John Updike’s tour de force of extramarital wanderlust.”—The New York Times Book Review “Ingenious . . . If this is a dirty book, I don’t see how sex can be written about at all.”—Wilfrid Sheed, The New York Times Book Review

The Passenger

The Passenger
Author: Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-04-13
ISBN 10: 1250317150
ISBN 13: 9781250317155
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Passenger Book Review:

Hailed as a remarkable literary discovery, a lost novel of heart-stopping intensity and harrowing absurdity about flight and persecution in 1930s Germany Berlin, November 1938. Jewish shops have been ransacked and looted, synagogues destroyed. As storm troopers pound on his door, Otto Silbermann, a respected businessman who fought for Germany in the Great War, is forced to sneak out the back of his own home. Turned away from establishments he had long patronized, and fearful of being exposed as a Jew despite his Aryan looks, he boards a train. And then another. And another . . . until his flight becomes a frantic odyssey across Germany, as he searches first for information, then for help, and finally for escape. His travels bring him face-to-face with waiters and conductors, officials and fellow outcasts, seductive women and vicious thieves, a few of whom disapprove of the regime while the rest embrace it wholeheartedly. Clinging to his existence as it was just days before, Silbermann refuses to believe what is happening even as he is beset by opportunists, betrayed by associates, and bereft of family, friends, and fortune. As his world collapses around him, he is forced to concede that his nightmare is all too real. Twenty-three-year-old Ulrich Boschwitz wrote The Passenger at breakneck speed in 1938, fresh in the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms, and his prose flies at the same pace. Taut, immediate, infused with acerbic Kafkaesque humor, The Passenger is an indelible portrait of a man and a society careening out of control.

A Paris Year

A Paris Year
Author: Janice MacLeod
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-06-20
ISBN 10: 125013451X
ISBN 13: 9781250134516
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Paris Year Book Review:

Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth. Combining personal observations and anecdotes with stories and facts about famous figures in Parisian history, this visual tale of discovery, through the eyes of an artist, is sure to delight, inspire, and charm.

Don t Be a Tourist in Paris

Don t Be a Tourist in Paris
Author: Vanessa Grall
Publsiher: Don't be a Tourist
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2019-09
ISBN 10: 9781916430921
ISBN 13: 1916430929
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Be a Tourist in Paris Book Review:

This is the ultimate bible to Paris unknown It's the Paris guide even Parisians are buying - full of finds surprising even to the locals Think of this book as your new travel companion, your closest Parisian confidante, your endless bottle of wine while in Paris A new and updated second edition (to also change on the information sheet)What's New? - New off-beat investigative walks, collector's addresses, location scouting and people-watching spots, new dining discoveries, in-depth flea market advice, clues for architectural hunting, creative new ways to escape city life without really trying & much more...If you want to see Paris like it is in the movies, Nessy will show you the director's cut. If you seek the unusual and the underground, she'll take you down the rabbit hole and park you at the mad hatter's doorstep. If you think you know Paris, let Nessy challenge you. This book will encourage the wanderer within. It is a true traveller's companion as much as a beautifully designed collectable for your bookshelf. You are about to acquire this curious local's key to the city that will unlock a precious vault of addresses. Within the pages of this beautifully bound hardback, you will find... 20 Secret Restaurants; 70 Time Traveller's Bars and Cafés; 50 Romantic Hideaways and Unique Date Ideas; 60 Unexpected Cultural Alternatives to major museums; 50 Movie-worthy Walks & Eye-opening Neighbourhood Discoveries; 35 Cabinets of Curiosity and Aladdin's Caves; 50 Hip Parisian Hangouts; 50 Places to Inspire & Use Your Creativity; 35 Booklover Havens; 60 Local Food Gems; 40 Places Parisian Families Actually Take Their Kids; 65 Urban Retreats; 30 Obscure/Underground Adventures; 50 Budget-friendly life-savers; Endless good-to-know Paris tips.

The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret
Author: Karen Swan
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2017-11-14
ISBN 10: 0062672835
ISBN 13: 9780062672834
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Paris Secret Book Review:

In this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one woman’s journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered. When high-powered fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d’art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first—until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad…and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. Despite a shocking announcement that has left her own family reeling, Flora finds herself thrown into the glamorous world of the Vermeils. But she soon realizes there is more to this project than first appears. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting—and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. The fallout will place Flora in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to Vienna to the glittering coast of Provence. Xavier Vermeil, the brusque scion of the family, is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. Just what are the secrets he is desperately trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the devastating truth…? “The Paris Secret had me from the moment I started reading. Filled with a smart and sympathetic protagonist, a touch of romance, a smidgen of history, plenty of intrigue and suspense galore.”—Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife's Confession