The Invention of Hugo Cabret

From Leslie Rode
Title:  The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author:  Brian Selznick
Great fantasy/mystery book to read….even aloud to your older children.  Great story about a 12 year old poor orphaned boy living in Paris who basically goes on a journey that invites him into the lives of interesting people, which changes his own life forever.  There are many beautiful, intricate pencil drawings that are essential to the story.  A real picture book for adults that can be shared with children 🙂

7th Woman

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Frederique  Molay
7th Woman
Inspector Nico Sirsky is the Chief of Police, Head of the Paris Criminal Investigation Division. When Marie-Helene Jory, Assistant Professor of History at the Sorbonne, is killed in her home, Nico is called in to investigate. The homicide has sexual overtones and the victim was brutally tortured. The killer was slow, methodical and calculating, he enjoyed the kill. When similar murders occur, Nico realizes that they are dealing with a serial killer. The killer begins leaving messages for Nico. This crime novel is not for the squeamish, but the plot twists and the appealing characters will draw you in as the acts of violence repel you. Read it with the lights on and whatever you do, don’t answer your doorbell…This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.

Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world

From Andrea  Kalinowski
Author:  Paul Chutkow
Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world 
If you enjoy the companionship of a four-footed friend, this book will really appeal to you and reinforce the love and camaraderie you feel with your pet. Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world  is a true animal lover’s tale. Zelda is a dog on the streets of India who knows she doesn’t want to stay on the streets of India. She befriends an Indian maid, who works for a journalist and his wife. With her gentle eyes and endearing nature, she is eventually welcomed wholeheartedly into the household. She becomes a friend to everyone in the journalist’s circle and when he is reassigned to Paris, she is granted a visa too. She adopts the mannerisms of the French regarding food and while the Parisians in her immediate vicinity at first despise her, when she rescues their wine collection, they heap praise upon her furry head. Her final journey is to California and there she predicts an earthquake. She is a proven companion to the journalist’s sons until the end of her life and demonstrates all the best qualities of a companion animal, loyalty and love.

The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris

From Ellen Druda
Author:  David McCullough
The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris
“Not all pioneers went west.”  McCullough looks at Paris in the 19th century as the other destiny for Americans as they looked to expand their horizons as a new nation.  Starting in 1830, we watch the prominent citizens come and go: Samuel Morse, James Fennimore Cooper, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, and many more make their way there for short or extended stays.  We see the beautiful City of Lights blossom into a metropolis filled with beautiful architecture, large fragrant gardens, and cosmopolitan citizens of the highest taste in fashion and the arts.  We are witness, via the unforgettable diary entries of diplomat Elihu Washburne, the Franco-Prussian war and the long siege of Paris.The book ends with the Universelle Paris Exposition of 1900 as the new century begins, noting the changes just around the corner with the exhibited paintings of the teenage Pablo Picasso.

White truffles in winter

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author: N.M. Kelby
White truffles in winter : a novel
This literary gem needs to be shared. It is a quiet, intense portrayal of a man who loved two women but whose passion was food. This man is the great French chef Auguste Escoffier and this is his elegant “memoir in meals.” Like his magnificent culinary creations, there is a complexity to this story that evokes the spirit of the time and captures the essence of the man. His was a life of extremes: suffering and captivity during the Franco-Prussian War; wealth and splendor communing with royalty, high society, the powerful, and poverty in his declining years. The cornucopia of images and feelings bombard the senses and creates a rich realism that you could almost touch and taste. Escoffier did not want to be forgotten, this story makes you want to know more about the man who was an epicurean genius yet a sad, idealistic romantic.

Murder in Passy

From Michele Lauer-Bader
author: Black, Cara
titl: Murder in Passy
Aimee Leduc, private investigator, is on the scene when the woman friend of her mentor, Morbier, is murdered. When Morbier becomes the prime suspect it is up to Aimee to find the real killer.  Her investigation uncovers police corruption and a radical Basque terrorist group, the ETA. This mystery takes the reader through the wealthy Parisian neighborhood of Passy which adds richness and fun to the story.

Murder in the Palais Royal

From Michele Lauer-Bader
author: Black, Cara
Murder in the Palais Royal
Aimee Leduc, private investigator, finds herself under suspicion after her partner Rene is shot. Every time she uncovers information that she thinks will clear her, it seems to point even more in her direction. 

Even Rene thinks Aimee may have shot him. This series does a great job of providing Parisian flavor. Aimee is a fashionista (from the second hand shops) and that only adds to her charm. This is the second book I have read in the series and they only get better.

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

From Eileen Effrat
author: Jackson, Jeffrey H.
Paris Under Water:  How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
On the 100th anniversary of the catastrophic flood that put much of Paris
under  water in January 1910, historian Jeffrey Jackson vividly describes
the flooding within the political, cultural, and social context of the
time.  Although the Seine’s water level normally rose during the winter
months,  19th century technology had done much to protect the city against serious flooding. This was not to be the case in 1910.  The Seine rose 20 feet above normal—the highest level in 250 years. As water began seeping into basements, sewers, and underground channels, the Paris metro lines came to a halt as power plants filled with water and short circuited.  Lights went out across the city. City workers dumped tons of refuse into the fast flowing Seine, as garbage processing plants were knocked out of service.  Surprisingly, disease remained at bay.  Using entries from diaries, letters written by eye witnesses, and newspaper articles, the author presents the human side of a disaster that captured world-wide media coverage.