Where would you like to go this November? Paris, Provence, Dublin, New York City? I’m partial to Paris myself, as you can see from these selections. But a book can take you anywhere….
The Collector’s Apprentice , by B. A. Shapiro
In the summer of 1922, Belgian Paulien recreates herself to escape the scandal of a con game perpetrated by her fiancé, George. In Paris she hobnobs with Gertrude Stein and gets involved with Henri Matisse, while still scheming to get her revenge on George.
Deadly Camargue , by Cay Rademacher
Capitaine Roger Blanc is called to the Camargue in Provence when a fighting bull escapes his pasture and gores a passing cyclist. A bizarre accident or intentional murder? The Capitaine must immerse himself in his new home’s culture and society to solve the mystery.
Fashion Climbing , by Bill Cunningham
Legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham exudes joie de vivre, love for New York and uncanny fashion sense in this posthumously published memoir. Cunningham began his career as a hat designer in glamorous midcentury New York, before becoming famous for his candid photography in “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” in The New York Times.
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce , by Colm Toibin
Dublin’s streets, pubs, libraries and shops are a lively backdrop for this study of the fathers of three of Ireland’s greatest writers. Meet William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, John Stanislaus Joyce, and their more famous and equally fascinating sons.
Little, by Edward Carey
The strange tale of an orphan in revolutionary Paris who became Madame Tussaud. “A fantastic winter tale, a big, patient read full of reversals of fortune and fabulous glimpses of a time not unlike our own….” –Boston Globe.
Paris Echo , by Sebatian Faulks
A wonderful novel of contemporary Paris, with two narrators, one searching for the past, the other for his future. Tariq, a North African teenager, smuggles himself to Paris and ends up crashing in Hannah’s spare room. Hanna is a postgraduate researcher investigating the wartime experience of women in occupied France.