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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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    “A MOVEABLE FEAST”

    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.

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    “PARIS FRANCE”

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    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.”

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    “LIFE WITH PICASSO”

    Françoise Gilot met Pablo

    Picasso in Paris in 1943.

    Her book captures the artistic ferment of the city during

    the German occupation and

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    immediate postwar era.

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    “THE FLÂNEUR”

    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.

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    “LES MISÉRABLES”

    Forget the musical and mine Victor Hugo’s original novel

    for a sweeping and detailed sense of old Paris.

    PATRICIA HARRIS