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10 Books you must read that will transport into streets of Paris

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

The City of Lights, is more than just cafes, fashion and fine cuisines. The city streets are filled with art, science and rich history along with other fine things which Paris is famous for.

I have chosen some of the books that would help you to plan the trip day by day and to find hidden treasures of Paris and also to get soaked into the affluent history.

1. The Streets of Paris by Susan Cahill :

No matter how many times that you have been to Paris, never go again without reading this book. This book will accompany you through parks of romantic city, from public spaces to secret gardens; a walk through the history and lore of Paris and Parisians, all in the open air.

Susan Cahill covered from medieval lovers to the defiant King Henry IV to brilliant scientist Madame Curie.

2. Discover Paris, Lonely Planet:

You need this book to kind of plan your day to day itinerary and other helpful tips like restaurants, metro and accommodations.

3. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's account of expat life in Paris in the 1920s is a classic that seductively portrays the romance of days past. Published posthumously, this memoir features encounters with other literati who lived in Paris during this era, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Gertrude Stein. While Paris plays a central role, this is also a love story, depicting Hemingway's life with his first wife, Hadley. In addition, A Moveable Feast captures the creative, free-spirited atmosphere of Paris in the post-World War I era.

4. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

These letters only show more deeply how fearlessly, carelessly Hemingway lived in order to be seen. see me! hear me! feel me!

5. Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

Sylvia Beach opened an American bookshop in Paris called Shakespeare and Company. This book reveals how all the famous writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and others drawn to her well lighted book store on warmth heart of Left bank.

6. Gravity & Grace by Simone Weil

7. Waiting For the God by Simone Weil

These two books were written by Simone Weil. She was born in Paris. These classic collections touching on many phases of the intellectual and spiritual world. A religious philosopher, essayist, dramatics and poet, as well as a social critic and activist, Weil was one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century.

8. How to Live " A Life of Montaigne" by Sarah Bakewell

One way to appreciate the pleasure Parisians still take in the memory of Montaigne (1533-1592) called variously the first modern philosopher; a Christian humanist; humanist and a realist. This full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.

9. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A tender exploration of Paris in 1944 during the war. Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing down.

10. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

This novel is an extraordinary work of Irene and a testament to France during the occupation. An astonishing blend of fiction and fact, history and story telling.

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