English Books Paris: New Arrivals at Bill & Rosa’s Book Room

Discover the Bill & Rosa’s Book Room concept. Come visit us – it is a nice spot up and downstairs at FUSAC to Read, Write, Relax and Buy, Donate, Borrow used English books Paris (and some French too, we are in France after all!). There is also the Power-of-the-Postcard desk and unique cards and postcards to write to family and friends, a jigsaw puzzle table, reading chairs. To discover our 4000+ titles visit our Click and Collect List. Near metro Porte de St Cloud. 42 rue du Chemin Vert 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Come over (Click for our opening hours) and find out why we call it Bill and Rosa’s!

English Books Paris? Each week in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published English books we love. We also present some in French or bilingual, for kids or adults, fiction or non. Many are books about France of course, but there are many different subjects.

Graphic novels (which used to be called comic books) have come a long ways and have branched out into a variety of topics. They also address a much wider age group from kids right on up to older folks. Particularly in France you can find Bandes-dessinées (les Bds) which cover just about anything. There’s humor of course, but more recently thrillers, history, fantasy and biography such as this recent book about the most famous Canadian musician. LEONARD COHEN SUR UN FIL est la biographie de l’une des plus grandes voix du XXe siècle, Véritable légende dans son pays, le Canadien Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) a marqué la musique contemporain par la beauté de ses compositions. On reconnaît Cohen à son timbre chaud et à la douceur mélancolique de ses chansons, souvent écrites en hommage aux femmes qu’il a aimées : Suzanne, Marianne, d’autres encore… Dans cette biographie, le lecteur traverse par flash-backs la vie d’un artiste remarquable, avec ses coups de génie (le morceau « Hallelujah », dont les reprises ont parfois éclipsé l’original) et ses coups du sort (la perte des droits de « Suzanne », les manœuvres d’agents indélicats…), croisant au passage Janis Joplin, Lou Reed ou Phil Spector… Tout cela mise en scène et dessin par un autre Québecois Philippe Girard.

Author: Philippe Girard, Publisher: Casterman 

REVERDIR LE SAHARA Il y a 5000 ans le Sahara était vert. Demain il pourrait l’être à nouveau. Aux quatre coins du désert, des projets de plantations et d’adduction d’eau sont en cours de réalisation. Dans le Sahel, au nord du Burkina Faso, le projet Deserto Verde, mis en marche par le forestier Lindo Grandi et sa femme Verena, a permis aux populations locales de reverdir 3500 hectares de terrain désertique et inculte. Grâce au système de charrue Vallerani, les terres labourées ont vu croître pas moins de 5 millions d’arbres en douze ans. Tôborè, jeune femme volontaire et attachante, rend visite à sa tante et à son oncle dans le but de rechercher son frère, disparu. Là-bas, elle y rencontre Lindo, Verena et Amadou, et découvre en même temps le projet Deserto Verde. Très intéressée par l’idée d’aider les villageois à reverdir le désert, elle les rejoint alors dans leur expédition. Très didactique, cette BD vise à faire connaître l’action Reverdir le Sahara qui ne demande qu’à être reproduite en d’autres endroits de par le monde. https://reverdirlesahara.org/

Author: Gilles Scherlé, Publisher: Favre

BEATRICE est vendeuse au rayon gants d’un grand magasin. Chaque jour elle prend le train pour se rendre au travail. Dans la cohue de la gare, un sac à main rouge attire son attention. Jour après jour, à chaque passage dans la gare, il semble l’attendre. Succombant à sa curiosité dévorante, Béatrice, en emportant l’objet chez elle, ouvre les portes d’un monde nouveau loin de sa routine quotidienne. Béatrice pourra-t-elle revivre une autre vie et pour combien de temps ? Le mythe de Faust n’est pas loin.

Author: Joris Mertens, Publisher: Rue de Sevres 

LA TOUR DES ANGES Lyra et Will se sont rencontrés à Cittàgazze, étrange citée envahie de spectres mangeurs d’âmes. Lyra est investie d’une mission dont elle ne connaît pas l’importance; Will est désormais détenteur d’un couteau à la puissance unique. Tous deux sont à la recherche de leur père. Alors que le danger les guette de toutes parts, pourront-ils compter sur des alliés pour les aider à lutter contre les forces obscures du mal? Une guerre universelle se prépare, dans laquelle leurs destins seront irrémédiablement liés…

Author: Thomas Gilbert, Stéphane Melchior, Philip Pullman, Publisher: Gallimard 

WHEN MEMORY COMES is a classic of Holocaust literature, the eloquent, acclaimed memoir of childhood by a Pulitzer-winning historian, now reissued with a new introduction by Claire Messud. Four months before Hitler came to power, Saul Friedländer was born in Prague to a middle-class Jewish family. In 1939, seven-year-old Saul and his family were forced to flee to France, where they lived through the German Occupation, until his parents’ ill-fated attempt to flee to Switzerland. They were able to hide their son in a Roman Catholic seminary before being sent to Auschwitz where they were killed. After an imposed religious conversion, young Saul began training for priesthood. The birth of Israel prompted his discovery of his Jewish past and his true identity. Friedländer brings his story movingly to life, shifting between his Israeli present and his European past with grace and restraint. His keen eye spares nothing, not even himself, as he explores the ways in which the loss of his parents, his conversion to Catholicism, and his deep-seated Jewish roots combined to shape him into the man he is today. Friedländer’s retrospective view of his journey of grief and self-discovery provides readers with a rare experience: a memoir of feeling with intellectual backbone, in equal measure tender and insightful. The sequel, WHERE MEMORY LEADS, is Friedlander’s return to his memoir 40 years later to recount this tale of intellectual coming-of-age on three continents.

Author : Saul Friedländer, Publisher : Other Press 

LA MESSAGERE DE L’OMBRE En 1943, le monde est ravagé par la guerre. À Venise, la jeune Stella brûle de prendre part à la lutte contre les nazis et elle est recrutée par la Résistance italienne et jetée dans la gueule du loup. Durant la journée, la jeune femme travaille comme traductrice pour des officiers allemands et intercepte des informations stratégiques. La nuit, elle risque également sa vie en faisant passer des messages pour la résistance et en rédigeant un journal clandestin. C’est à la Kommandantur qu’elle tombe amoureuse d’un homme qui collabore avec les Allemands. Mais dans l’enfer de la guerre, comment croire en un quelconque avenir ensemble ? Au fur et à mesure que l’étau se resserre autour de Stella, elle découvre la part d’ombre que dissimule l’homme qu’elle aime. Leur histoire, déchirante, va faire basculer le destin de Stella dans le plus terrible des combats…

Author : Mandy Robotham, Publisher : City Editions 

THE ORDER OF THE DAY was named a Best Book of the Year 2020 by NPR, Boston Globe, and Literary Hub. Also winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis. February 20, 1933, an unremarkable day during a harsh Berlin winter: A meeting of twenty-four German captains of industry and senior Nazi officials is being held in secret in the plush lounge of the Reichstag. They are there to extract funds for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its Chancellor. This opening scene sets a tone of consent that will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, 1938, the annexation of Austria is on the agenda: A grotesque day intended to make history—the newsreels capture a motorized army on the move, a terrible, inexorable power. But behind Goebbels’s splendid propaganda, an ersatz Blitzkrieg unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads into Austria. The true behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss—a patchwork of minor flourishes of strength and fine words, fevered telephone calls, and vulgar threats—all reveal a starkly different picture. It is not strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff. With this vivid, compelling history, Éric Vuillard warns against the peril of willfully blind acquiescence, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable.

Author : Eric Vuillard, Publisher : Other Press  English Books Paris

PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU is a « Masterful. Magnificent. A passionate story of survival and a real page turner. This story will stay with me for a long time. » —Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey. Living through World War II working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life? Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Ellen Feldman’s Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost. The war is over, but the past is never past.

Author : Ellen Feldman, Publisher : St. Martin’s Griffin

Elijah Betz, LE RENNE PUNK D’ANGLETERRE Quitter le Père Noël ? Fait. Déménager à Londres ? Fait. Fonder son groupe de rock-punk ? Fait. Rencontrer la reine ? Oh… Quand un renne du père Noël trouve sa propre voix — ou voie? — en dehors des traces ! Une écriture joyeuse et musicale magnifiée par les illustrations fabuleuses d’Olivier Chéné. Un album qui rock! On aurait dû vous présenter ce livre avant Noël, mais au fond c’est vraiment avant tout, une bonne histoire, moderne et délinquante, où on fait l’éloge de l’importance d’affirmer qui nous sommes. A partir de 4 ans.

Texte: Hélène Gloria, Illustrations: Olivier Chéné, Publisher: Editions Deux

SELF-CONFIDENCE is an engaging philosophical essay, inspired by great figures from Emerson and Nietzsche to Madonna and Serena Williams and that explores the workings of self-confidence and how to develop it. Where does self-confidence come from? How does it work? What makes it stronger or weaker? Why are some people more confident than others? Is it only a question of temperament or the result of conscious self-improvement? How do you get closer to those who stand out thanks entirely to their confidence in themselves? Drawing on philosophical texts, ancient wisdom, positive psychology, and a wide range of case studies that feature famous thinkers, artists, and athletes, but also unsung heroes such as a fighter pilot and an urgent-care doctor, French philosopher Charles Pépin, who writes practical philosopy, brings to light the strange alchemy that is self-confidence. In doing so, he gives us the keys to having more confidence in ourselves. Pépin’s most recent book is La Rencontre il analyse quelques amours ou amitiés fertiles –  Picasso et Éluard, David Bowie et Lou Reed, Émilie du Châtelet et Voltaire… – il montre que toute vraie rencontre est en même temps une découverte de soi et une redécouverte du monde. Perhaps this new book will be out soon in English as well.

Author: Charles Pépin, Publishers: Other Press, Allary Editions

THE ART OF WEARING A TRENCH COAT is made up of a baker’s dozen of intertwined stories that brilliantly evoke the ups and downs of relationships between strangers, spouses, parents, and children. Drawing on the author’s own experiences, this slim, intimate collection of thirteen stories explores myriad forms of love (and disappointment and nostalgia and panic) through a narrator who bemoans his inability to wear a trench coat well, like Humphrey Bogart and the other elegant men his mother taught him to admire. In these encounters and these endings, in these details and these feelings, a compassionate portrait of a life emerges. Terse, droll, sometimes absurd but always lucid, Pàmies casts his gaze on the urge to write as seen through his mother’s final days; on his teenage fantasy that his father was actually Jorge Semprún; and on situations such as adopting a dog to staunch a failing marriage, or a father asked to play the part of a corpse in his son’s short film. In this phantasmagoria of failure and loss, Pàmies confronts us—pulling us in with his use of the second person—with the omnipresence of well-intentioned lies without which it might be impossible to ever make anyone else happy.

Author: Sergi Pàmies, Publisher: Other Press  English Books Paris

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LA CASE DE L’ONCLE TOM est un classique de la littérature américaine. À la suite d’un revers de fortune, un riche propriétaire terrien du Kentucky se voit contraint de vendre Tom, le plus fidèle de ses esclaves. « Oncle Tom » rencontre alors la douce Évangeline qui incite son père à l’acheter. Après un bref et heureux séjour chez ces nouveaux maîtres, Tom est à nouveau vendu. Cette fois, il a moins de chance et tombe aux mains de Simon Legree, le tyrannique propriétaire d’une plantation de coton… Depuis sa publication, en 1852, le roman phare de la littérature anti-esclavagiste, ardent plaidoyer de la cause abolitionniste, est l’un des livres vedettes de la littérature mondiale. La même année, George Sand écrivait déjà : « Ce livre est dans toutes les mains, dans tous les journaux. Il aura, il a déjà des éditions dans tous les formats. On le dévore, on le couvre de larmes. Il n’est déjà plus permis aux personnes qui savent lire de ne pas l’avoir lu, et on regrette qu’il y ait tant de gens condamnés à ne le lire jamais. » Quand, dix ans plus tard, en 1862, Harriet Beecher-Stowe est reçue à la Maison Blanche par Abraham Lincoln, dont l’élection vient de déclencher la sécession des États du Sud et la guerre du même nom, le président l’accueille par ces mots : « Ainsi, vous êtes la petite femme dont le livre a commencé une grande guerre. » Cette édition est une version abrégée du classique pour les 11-13 ans.

Author : Harriet Beecher-Stowe, Publisher : Ecole des Loisirs

UN MARIAGE AMÉRICAIN Celestial et Roy viennent de se marier. Elle est à l’aube d’une carrière artistique prometteuse, il s’apprête à lancer son business. Ils sont jeunes, beaux et incarnent le rêve américain… à ceci près qu’ils sont noirs, dans un État sudiste qui fait peu de cadeaux aux gens comme eux. Un matin, Roy est accusé de viol. Celestial sait qu’il est innocent, mais la justice s’empresse de le condamner. Les années passent, et la jeune femme tient son rôle d’épouse modèle jusqu’au jour où cet habit devient trop lourd à porter. Elle trouve alors du réconfort auprès d’Andre, son ami d’enfance. À sa sortie de prison, Roy retourne à Atlanta, décidé à reprendre le fil de la vie qu’on lui a dérobée… Avec ce portrait de la classe moyenne noire du sud des États-Unis, Tayari Jones radiographie le couple et signe une histoire d’amour tragique et contemporaine qui explore les thèmes de la famille, de la loyauté, du racisme. Caustique et rigoureuse observatrice de son temps, cette auteure reconnue outre-Atlantique s’attaque en femme de lettres aux maux qui rongent la société américaine, et parvient à donner à ce texte fulgurant et âpre tous les atours d’un grand roman.

Author : Tayari Jones, Publisher : Plon

NEW IBERIA BLUES La mort choquante d’une jeune femme retrouvée nue et crucifiée amène Détective Dave Robicheaux dans les coulisses d’Hollywood, au coeur des forêts louisianaises et dans les repaires de la Mafia. Elle avait disparu à proximité de la propriété du réalisateur Desmond Cormier, que Dave avait connu gamin dans les rues de La Nouvelle Orléans, quand il rêvait de cinéma… Praise for this book from Stephen King hailed New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke “as good as he ever was.” Michael Connelly says Burke proves that he “remains the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed”. Burke, who grew up in Texas and Louisiana, currently resides in Western Montana. He’s authentic. No wonder the French public appreciates his work.

Author : James Lee Burke, Publisher : Rivages Noir

English Books Paris

Pigs! Winston Churchill once said: “ I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” And pigs are the subject of literature too! You can find these titles and other English Books Paris in Bill & Rosa’s Book Room.

  • Find the Piglet 2€ – ages 2-3
  • The Vasa Piglet by Bjorn Bergenholtz. Piglet Lindbom’s Adventures On Board the Royal Warship Vasa
  • Dr. Nightingale Chases Three Little Pigs 2€ by Lydia Adamson. Swinish intrigues get a plucky vet framed for murder. Ages 10-99.
  • Pig Tales a brilliant satirical novel about a stunning young woman working in a beauty ‘massage’ parlour. The copy at the Book Room is signed by the author Marie Darrieussecq! 5€
  • Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. A compelling story that crosses the United States including the Cherokee Nation. 3€
  • Piglet Meets a Heffalump and other stories by AA Milne on a CD read by Judi Dench as Kanga and Jane Horrocks as Piglet. 2€.
  • Cinq Petits Cochons Agatha Christie 2€

LE PROCES DU COCHON est un texte court et puisant qui raconte le procès d’un cochon, à l’image de ceux qu’on intentait aux animaux jusqu’à la fin du XVIIIè siècle, une pratique aussi étrange que méconnue de nos jours. C’est un texte allégorique où chacun reconnaîtra dans l’animal le porc qu’il voudra. «Voilà les preuves: le croqueur a été trouvé dans les bois, juste à côté de la maison. Du sang coulait encore à la lisière de ses gencives. Quand on l’a arrêté, il n’a montré aucune résistance ; il avait les yeux vides. Il ne s’est pas révolté.» Du XIIe au XVIIIe siècle, les hommes jugeaient les animaux. Avocats, juge, famille éplorée, témoins, tous entendent faire régner la justice face à un criminel dont l’acte est indéniablement barbare, mais qui, privé de la parole, est incapable de se justifier, encore moins d’avouer. Coupable, c’est certain. Mais est-il seulement responsable?

Author : Oscar Coop-Phane, Publisher : La Table Ronde

LA PETITE POULE ROUSSE adapté en livre théâtre avec marionnettes à doigts pour donner vie à l’histoire et aux personnages. Grâce aux découpes dans les pages, papa ou maman peuvent jouer l’histoire avec les marionnettes à doigt comme dans un petit théâtre. La petite poule demanda : – « Qui va m’aider à planter ce blé ? -Pas moi ! dit le chat -Ni moi ! dit le cochon ! » Dès 18 mois.

Illustrateur : Marion Billet, Publisher: Nathan

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LITTLE DANCER AGED FOURTEEN The True Story Behind Degas’s Masterpiece uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas’s now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. The Little Dancer is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden, or Copenhagen, but where is her grave? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she did—because it was already grueling work, at an age when children today are sent to school. In the 1880s, she danced as a “little rat” at the Paris Opera, and what is often a dream for young girls now wasn’t a dream for her. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences. She had been working another job, even two, because the few pennies the Opera paid weren’t enough to keep her and her family fed. She was a model, posing for painters or sculptors—among them Edgar Degas. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, award-winning French author Camille Laurens presents a portrait of Marie van Goethem and the society she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.

Author : Camille Laurens, Publisher : Other Press English Books Paris

CLOTILDE, PREMIÈRE REINE DES FRANCS Devenue reine, Clotilde n’aura de cesse de transmettre sa Foi à son époux. C’est à la bataille de Tolbiac, à un moment critique de la mêlée que Clovis promet de se convertir en cas de victoire. S’en suivra son baptême en 496 à Reims, épisode fondateur de la France. Dans cet album Monique Amiel met en avant la force d’âme de la jeune femme, sa détermination mais aussi sa joie de vivre. Elle nous rend ainsi plus proche la personnalité d’une grande figure de l’Histoire de France. Cette proximité est soutenue par le trait d’Alain d’Orange, à la fois gracieux et incisif.
Author : Monique Amiel, Publisher : Les Editions du Triomphe

ROSA BONHEUR, L’AUDACIEUSE (and Bill & Rosa’s Book Room’s namesake), 14 ans, veut vivre de sa passion: la peinture animalière. Le mariage ne rentre pas dans ses plans, d’autant que c’est pour Nathalie, la fille d’amis de son père, que son cœur bat. Mais dans le Paris du XIXè siècle, les femmes ne sont pas libres. Certaines formations, comme les Beaux-Arts, leur sont interdites. Certains lieux sont dangereux si elles s’y rendent seules. Malgré son jeune âge, Rosa compte bien imposer ses choix. Aidée de son père et de Nathalie, elle prend des cours de peinture et se rend au Louvre pour s’inspirer des plus célèbres tableaux de l’Histoire ! Rosa n’accepte aucun compromis. Entrer dans le monde de l’art, pour elle, c’est s’affranchir de la loi des hommes.

Author : Natacha Henry, Publisher : Albin Michel

Une nouvelle traduction en français de ce livre classique publié pour la première fois en 1908 ANNE DE GREEN GABLES est l’histoire de Anne Shirley, une petite fille curieuse, pleine d’énergie, souvent perdue dans ses pensées. Difficile de résister à ce petit bout d’humanité de onze ans parfaitement imparfait, héroïne d’une série de romans qui a su conquérir des millions de lecteurs à travers le monde. Orpheline à l’esprit vif, à l’imagination sans bornes et qui adore employer de « grands mots », Anne se retrouve par erreur chez Marilla et Matthew Cuthbert qui attendaient un garçon pour les aider à la ferme. Féministe involontaire, romantique impénitente, elle est impulsive, dramatique, maline, drôle, et telle une authentique naïve, elle va bousculer le calme et la monotonie de la vie à Green Gables, en semant partout joies et rêveries, en dénichant la beauté dans les moindres recoins, en ne s’exprimant qu’en points d’exclamation, même dans « les affres du désespoir ».

Author : Lucy Maud Montgomery, Publisher : Monsieur Toussaint Louverture

Dans la Collection PETITE & GRANDE Zaha Hadid et Josephine Baker sont deux des livres de cette charmante collection féministe qui propose de découvrir des femmes qui n’étaient pas destinées à entrer dans l’Histoire mais qui ont accompli des choses extraordinaires en écoutant leur coeur et en suivant leur rêve d’enfant. Qu’elles aient été artistes, scientifiques ou bien aventurières, toutes étaient des petites filles rêveuses avant de devenir les grandes femmes courageuses et inspirantes que l’on connaît.

Author : Asun Amar, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Agathe Sorlet, Publisher Kimane

English Books Paris

MONTANA, LA RECONQUETE DE L’OUEST. Un des récit dans la série “L’Ame des Peuples” aux couvertures très graphiques de l’éditeur Nevicata, ce livre est le seul à concerner un état américain. Pourquoi donc cet état? Parce que plus que tout autre, Montana est un lieu fantasmé et imaginé par tant de monde. Quand on dit aux gens que nous avons séjourné dans le Montana ils poussent un soupir et racontent qu’ils aimeraient tant visiter cet endroit mythique. Le New West, que le Montana incarne plus que d’autres états, est un style de vie autant désiré que l’art de vivre à la française. « Les ranchs sont les châteaux de la Loire du Montana » nous suggère l’auteure. Entre Rocheuses et Canada, terre de grands espaces et de pionniers, le Montana incarne le rêve de la frontière, toujours repoussée, jamais vaincue, toujours recherchée. Avec sept réserves indiennes, deux parcs nationaux, et l’impression de vivre dans l’un des ultimes sanctuaires sauvages de l’Amérique le Montana (vu l’extérieur) est un rêve. Il fut celui des immigrants à la recherche d’un destin pour eux et pour les États- Unis naissants. Il demeure celui des écrivains et des cinéastes qui en ont fait l’ultime destination créative, loin de New York ou d’Hollywood. Et il y a le passé, fait de grandeur et de douleurs. Le Montana est la solitude absolue que l’Amérique a érigée en culte. Ce petit livre n’est pas un guide. Il dit la part d’ombre et d’héroïsme des États-Unis. Parce qu’au Montana, une Amérique unique vous attend sous le Big Sky, ce grand ciel auquel personne n’échappe. Ce récit qui tente de connecter l’histoire de cette grande espace (la taille de l’Allemagne avec seulement un million de gens) avec le façon dont les gens se comporte est suivi d’entretiens avec des Montanans. Ce livre a été intégré dans Bill and Rosa’s Library of the American West.

Author : Isabelle Falconnier, Publisher : Nevicata – In the same series Etats-Unis, Tribus Américains, Angleterre, Ecosse, Australie…

Dans UN COW-BOY DANS LE COTON le cow-boy français aborde le thème de l’esclavage pour la première fois. Dans une aventure drôle et profonde Lucky Luke se retrouve malgré lui propriétaire d’une immense plantation de coton en Louisiane. Accueilli par les grands planteurs blancs comme l’un des leurs, Lucky Luke va devoir se battre pour redistribuer cet héritage aux fermiers noirs. Dans cette lutte, il sera contre toute attente épaulé par les frères Dalton venus pour l’éliminer et par les Cajuns du bayou, ces blancs laissés-pour-compte de la prospérité du Sud. Le Guest Star de l’album est Bass Reeves, premier marshall noir des États-Unis et une des meilleures gâchettes de son temps. C’est un personnage authentique de l’Histoire, qui a été recherché dans le détail par les auteurs afin de le mettre en scène avec justesse. Rappelons au passage que dans le far-west après la Guerre de Sécession un cow-boy sur trois était noir. Le héros du far-west réussira-t-il à rétablir la justice dans les terrains mouvants des marais de Louisiane ? Bien sûr ! Il s’appelle bien Lucky Luke !

Authors : Jul et Achdé, Publisher : Dargaud

MINI COWBOY est si petit que sur les affiches WANTED du Far-West, la récompense promise pour sa capture n’est que de 10 dollars. Avec sa taille minuscule, tout ou presque lui est interdit : impressionner les autres, commander un verre au saloon, gagner les bagarres. Longtemps il se sent seul. Longtemps il se croit seul. Mais un jour, sur une affiche, il aperçoit quelqu’un qui lui ressemble et vaut le même petit prix… pour les 3 à 6 ans.

Author : Daniel Frost, Publisher : Ecole des Loisirs

RETRIBUTION RAILS is a fast-paced battle, set in the American West with a cast of vivid characters and action. This book has it all; train robberies, shootouts, outlaws, cowboys and plenty of danger . When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle. Retribution Rails is the companion story to Vengeance Road. Both are thrilling novels is for readers of the Western genre age 13 and up.

Author: Erin Bowman, Publisher: HMH English Books Paris

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TASTY ANECDOTES is a highly personal hodge-podge related to food and French culture by expat author and illustrator Hanna Tolbinski. « In these pages I have complemented my brief observations in French and English with drawings and illustrations inspired by the comical or surreal situations that French cuisine suggests to me. Bon appetit! » This adorable book is bilingual and contains recipes too. We don’t know where to classify it: bilingual, Paris or cooking!? Hanna has published several other illustrated books on French expressions and our favorite «Amazing Smells of Paris » !

Author: Hanna Tolbinski, Publisher: Hato Books

MONUMENTS THAT TELL STORIES OF PARIS: from the Roman Arena to the Grande Arche at la Defense. A Paris guide for children filled with beautiful line drawings and descriptions of this city’s architectural highlights, this little book takes young readers inside historical landmarks, bringing back to life the times in which they came to be. This wonderful books exists in multiple languages in cluding Spanish, Japanese, Russian and of course French !

Author: Jean Daly, Illustrateur : Olivier Audy, Publisher: Parigramme English Books Paris

NAPOLEON’S PARIS Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most influential rulers in European history. Renowned as a military commander, he was also a great statesman, administrator, lawmaker and builder – and his civic achievements outlived and arguably eclipsed his victories on the battlefield. Yet while there are a host of biographies and studies of his military and political career, few books have been written about his connections with Paris, the capital of his empire. Paris abounds in remarkable buildings and monuments that date from his time in power. That is why David Buttery’s highly illustrated guidebook to Napoleon’s Paris is such a valuable addition to the literature designed for admirers of the city. Many of the most famous sites in the city were built or enhanced on Napoleon’s instructions or are closely associated with him and with the period of the First French Empire – the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Hôtel des Invalides, Musée de l’Armée, Notre Dame Cathedral, Père-Lachaise Cemetery among them. David Buttery’s guide covers them all in evocative detail. This work is essential reading for insights into the influence of Napoleon on Paris and the tumultuous period in French history.

Author: David Buttery, Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Matthew Baker’s brilliantly illuminating, incisive, and heartbreaking collection of stories called WHY VISIT AMERICA STORIES starts out with the citizens of Plainfield, Texas, who have had it with the broke-down United States. So they vote to secede, rename themselves America in memory of their former country, and happily set themselves up to receive tourists from their closest neighbor: America. Couldn’t happen? Well, it might, and so it goes in the thirteen additional stories in this collection which get progressively stranger: a young man breaks the news to his family that he is going to transition–from an analog body to a digital existence. A young woman abducts a child–her own–from a government-run childcare facility. A man returns home after committing a great crime, his sentence being that his memory–his entire life–is wiped clean. As the book moves from universe to universe, the stories cross between different American genres: from bildungsroman to rom com, western to dystopian, including fantasy, horror, erotica, and a noir detective mystery. Read together, these parallel-universe stories create a composite portrait of the nature of the United States. Equal parts speculative and satirical, the stories in Why Visit America form an exegesis of our current political predicament, while offering an eloquent plea for connection and hope. Perhaps this is why the author wore a Frisian cap in his bio pic. Read an excerpt 

Author: Matthew Baker, Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. English Books Paris

MISSISSIPPI SOLO Le Mississippi est un fleuve mythique qui descend du lac Itasca dans le Minnesota jusqu’au golfe du Mexique, en passant par Saint-Louis et La Nouvelle-Orléans. Ca fait 3730 kilomètres, plus que trois fois la France du nord au sud. Impétueux et dangereux, il charrie des poissons argentés, des branches d’arbre arrachées, des tonnes de boue, mais aussi l’histoire du pays et les rêves d’aventure de ses habitants. À l’âge de trente ans, Eddy (interestingly the word eddy means whirlpool) décide de répondre à l’appel de l’Old Man River, de suivre en canoë son parcours fascinant pour sonder le cœur de l’Amérique et le sien, tout en prenant la mesure du racisme, lui qui ne s’est jamais vraiment vécu comme Noir. Au passage, il expérimentera la puissance des éléments, la camaraderie des bateliers, l’admiration des curieux ou l’animosité de chasseurs éméchés. Mais aussi la peur et le bonheur d’être seul. Il en sortira riche d’une force nouvelle et d’un livre fondateur, publié en France pour la première fois.

Author: Eddy L. Harris, Publisher: Liana Levi

AUX ANTIPODES est l’album le plus récent de Loustal, dessinateur coloriste rompu à toutes les disciplines, de l’encre à l’aquarelle, en passant par le fusain et le lavis. Loustal sait restituer comme personne l’atmosphère d’un lieu, l’état d’esprit d’un personnage. Dessins d’ailleurs, paru en 2010, rassemblait six années de voyages en Égypte, au Vietnam, au Costa Rica, au Canada, en Écosse, au Maroc, en Croatie… Et Esprits d’ailleurs, ses dessins rapportés d’Afrique du Sud, de Tahiti, d’Algérie, de Suisse, du Japon ou de l’Utah. Aux Antipodes, comme son nom l’indique, réunit plus de 200 dessins, d’huiles et d’aquarelles, inspirés de voyages aux extrémités… de la Terre de feu jusqu’en Islande, en passant par la Floride, la Patagonie, les Canaries…

Author: Loustal, Publisher: La Table Ronde

L’ORIGINE

is a novel that traces the true story of L’Origine du Monde a notorious painting from 1866 by maverick artist Gustave Coubert. The novel tells the story of the remarkable journey through the centuries and revealing the various owners of the painting and connecting them to each other. It is tale of the painting’s survival, through wars, travels and transfers across Europe. It is a tale of a very unusual painting that was kept hidden (literally hidden behind a screen) in private collections for many years because of its “scandalous” subject matter: a sexually explicit portrait of a woman’s exposed genitals. The story is a carefully researched work of historical fiction combined with memoir that is more than a romp through history as it also examines society’s complex relationship with the female body through the 19th and 20th centuries. It has suspense, intrigue, lots of historical context, a whole cast of amazing characters and a great thread. (I wonder if this book will spark a new genre trend like Tracy Chevallier’s The Girl with the Pearl Earring did.) The book is easy and enjoyable to read and also offers a framework to the reader who wants to delve a little deeper into the history of the real people involved which include a Turkish Pascha, a famous French actress and a psychoanalyst who were the owners of L’Origine du Monde before it’s transfer to the State was used to settle an inheritance tax debt. It was hung in the Musée d’Orsay in 1995 where in 2011 artist and now author, Lilianne Migrom, was drawn to copying the painting on an easel in the museum and so the book’s story begins. -LV

Author: Lilianne Milgrom, Publisher: Little French Girl Press. Available at English bookshops in Paris or Order from Amazon English Books Paris

French Like Moi

«Surprise is the highest form of pleasure, and it’s easier to find than people think» —French Like Moi, p. 45. When Scott Carpenter’s FRENCH LIKE MOI arrived on my desk at the Fusac office in Boulogne Billancourt (Boulbi as the locals say) I was sure I was about to be fire-hosed with cliché upon cliché concerning everything from French customer service to smelly cheese rinds. Such is often the case of books written by Americans about their time battling the hexagone – one of the names the French regularly employ to designate their land of the long bread. These sophomoric Hemingways offer up pretty much the same (French onion) soup in three courses: veni vidi visa — I came, I saw, I went shopping. You know the list of topics; they are as well-known as they are threadbare: buying an apartment, dodging demonstrations, turkish toilets, catastrophic coq-au-vin, Wallace fountains, notaires, neighbors, the syndic, ravalements, bricolage, eateries, administrative cauchemars, faux pas et tutti quantiMonsieur Carpenter surprises us however with his very refreshing insights and highly creative imagination as he moles his way into every aspect of French life. He not only discovers the difference between screw-ass light bulbs and the Frankenstein-ass variety, this midwesterner, who teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College in Minnesota, has snuck illegally into the catacombs in his determined quest to lift the veil on Paris’s secret life. What he found was another surprise: «I’d hoped for something essential – maybe shameful and dirty. What I’d found was emptiness. A presence that was sturdy, but hollow.» Creating the unexpected is not the only technique Carpenter masters (the final chapter is a comic coup magistral). He’s funny, knows how to joke and incorporates the word dragoon in his story whenever possible. Every Meer-kin, even those from Nou-Ark Nou-jair-ssay will be delighted with these co-zee tales from the city of Light. Merci cher monsieur Charpentier for your refreshing handiwork in reverting the hackneyed veni vidi visa to the très honorable veni vidi vici. – JV

Author: Scott Dominic Carpenter, Publisher: Travelers’ Tales or Order on Amazon English Books Paris

 

FINAL TRANSGRESSION is Harriet Welty Rochefort’s first novel and she has done well in capturing the historical context and the characters. Her previous books about France and the French as well as her many years in a French family (she grew up in Iowa) helped her to conceive this story that takes place during the German Occupation. The story is not a mystery, but there is certainly intrigue. I thought for sure I had the dénouement figured out but I was surprised in the end as to who was Felix’s father. The years of Occupation in France were a period of suspicion and settling scores for hatchets that were never completely buried. The village of The Village Français series could have been the setting for Harriet’s story. Everybody is there and knows what the other is doing; all the social classes and the various resistants, communists and collaborators are intertwined. Harriet adds to her dialogue a few gems of wisdom that are still current today, for example Severine talking about social classes say: “I don’t like labels. They don’t mean anything other than to the people who assign them.”. Here is the synopsis. Two sisters, two different destinies. In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Séverine. From their humble beginnings in a hamlet in the southwest of France to a château where Séverine becomes the protegée of the beautiful countess who employs their parents, their trajectories differ. After they move to Paris, the pragmatic Caroline becomes a successful designer and the high-spirited Severine marries a rich jeweler. When WW2 breaks out and her collaborationist husband betrays her, the headstrong Séverine flees to the chateau and the countess –– in spite of warnings about the risk of traveling to an area that is a fierce battleground for rival groups of résistants, Nazis and collaborators. Severine is beautiful, intelligent but obstinate – and it is that obstinacy that will ultimately seal her fate. The end of the war in France was a time for settling scores. Séverine, an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times, unwittingly hands the hangman’s noose to her enemies in one egregious act—her final transgression.

Author: Harriet Welty RochefortOrder Final Transgressions on Amazon English Books Paris

THE NEW PARISIENNE focuses on one of the city’s most prominent features, its women. Lifting the veil on the mythologized Parisian woman—white, lithe, ever fashionable—Lindsey Tramuta demystifies this oversimplified archetype and recasts the women of Paris as they truly are, in all their complexity. Featuring 50 activists, creators, educators, visionaries, and disruptors—like Leïla Slimani, Lauren Bastide, and Mayor Anne Hidalgo—the book reveals Paris as a blossoming cultural center of feminine power. Both the featured women and Tramuta herself offer up favorite destinations and women-owned businesses, including beloved shops, artistic venues, bistros, and more. The New Parisienne showcases “Parisianness” in all its multiplicity, highlighting those who are bucking tradition, making names for themselves, and transforming the city.

Author: Lindsey Tramuta, Joann Pai, Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle Books Ltd or Order The New Parisienne on Amazon English Books Paris

LET THEM EAT PANCAKES is the second installment in the memoirs of American restaurant owner in Paris Craig Carlson. He portrays the trials, tribulations and joys of doing things he has never done before and doing them in Paris. He opens a restaurant, gets married overcomes foes (and bureaucracy) and makes friends. By turns hilarious and provocative, Craig takes us hunting for snails with his French mother-in-law and invites us to share the table when he treats his elegant nonagrian neighbor to her first-ever cheeseburger. We encounter a diner who, as a self-proclaimed anarchist, tries to stiff his bill, saying it’s his right to “dine and dash.” We navigate Draconian labor laws where bad employees can’t be fired (even for theft) and battle antiquated French bureaucracy dating back to Napoleon. Moral of the story? Look before you leap! Or if you want to move to Paris read Craig’s books first and be prepared for a wild, but mostly fun, ride.

Author: Craig Carlson, Publisher: Pegasus Books or Order Let Them Eat Pancakes on Amazon English Books Paris

 
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THE SEINE, THE RIVER THAT MADE PARIS is both memoir of the author’s time in Paris as well as a collection of “unusual facts and stories about life on the Seine”. Author Elaine Sciolino melds personal reflections on her time in Paris (2002-2020) with anecdotes and history. She discovers Sequana (a sculpture at the headwaters of the Seine with, it is noted, bare breasts), patrols with the river police, rows in antique boats and navigates on a freighter, revisits paintings, sips champagne, sings songs, watches films, walks the bridges, visits festivals, abbeys, museums and bouquinistes and points out all the exclusive invitation-only experiences that her calling card from the New York Times opened for her. The first hand interviews, are told via her experience of them, but are none the less very interesting. Sciolino’s experience as a foreign journalist shows through as she spends the largest part of the book on Paris. The American journalist glides through Bertillon, Giverny and other over-sung, but beloved, American touch points while introducing the same American readers to many connections to the Seine that they might have never heard of such as French songs and literary greats. The very American perspective plays up the Seine’s romance, seduction and sex, pointing out each encounter with naked statues. The third part of the book, about the river downstream from Paris, is the most interesting as the style of the writing is less personal memoir and more history and travelogue. Overall a good read and researched in great detail. The photographs and their rendering are disappointing. It is too bad to print black and white photos of a subject so colorful. The paperback quality paper and printing doesn’t do the photos justice and many are very dark and grainy; everything is very gray, but as the author quotes Karl Lagerfeld as saying “Paris is about pale gray.”

Author: Elaine Sciolino, Publisher: Norton English Books Paris

DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON is an unusual fictional account, with realistic unsentimental description and in good part autobiographical, narrated without self-pity and often with humor. It tell of the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society. Published in 1933, the first part is an account of living in near-destitution in Paris as a dishwasher in restaurant kitchens. The second part is a tramp’s perspective in and around London; the life of street people in charity shelters.

Author: George Orwell, Publisher: Harcourt, Inc. English Books Paris

HERMIT IN PARIS Autobiographical Writings by Italo Calvino (1923–1985) who attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. Hermit in Paris is a posthumously published collection offering a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era’s most inventive and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional pieces and interviews, Calvino recalls growing up in seaside Italy and fighting in the antifascist resistance during World War II, traces the course of his literary career, and reflects on his many travels, including a journey through the United States in 1959 and 1960 that brings out his droll wit at its best. Sparkling with wisdom and unexpected delights, Hermit in Paris is an autobiography like no other. “Surprising, tart, and distinctive, like [Calvino] himself.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Italo Calvino, Publisher: Harcourt, Inc. English Books Paris

and there are many more books about Paris and France from history to memoirs for purchase or borrowing in our Paris collection at the Book Room.