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5 books to read in Paris

Patricia Harris for the boston globe

Writers have loved Paris for centuries; taste their honeyed words and you will, too.



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Ernest Hemingway’s recollections of American expat life in Paris in the 1920s sketch bars, cafes, and hotels still central to the myths of the City of Light.



Gertrude Stein’s stream-of-

consciousness account shows how to eat, drink, cross the street, and dress French.

Wrote Stein, “Paris is where

the 20th century was.”



Françoise Gilot met Pablo

Picasso in Paris in 1943.

Her book captures the artistic ferment of the city during

the German occupation and

immediate postwar era.



Edmund White plays the flâneur — a seemingly aimless wanderer with a keen eye

for observation — in this

alternative guide that ranges from gay Paris to a history

of black Americans there.



Forget the musical and mine Victor Hugo’s original novel

for a sweeping and detailed sense of old Paris.

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