How badly did I mangle that phrase?? What does it even mean?? Feminine Paris books? That sounds weird.
Hey, I'm pretending to be French again! Got some fun books to satisfy your inner Audrey Tatou. Or Juliette Binoche. Or Marion Cotillard, my French woman of choice. Some for you, some for the kids.
'Mastering the Art of French Eating' sounds amazing, about the real-life story of a woman who has to learn to navigate through a year of living solo in Paris after her husband is sent abroad for diplomatic work. Ann, the wife left behind, is lonely and on the shy side, but she finds a job that enables her to travel around France trying to unearth the origins of famous French dishes. A travel and food journal all in one.
'Nicholas' by Goscinny & Sempe is a book I've had on my shelf for years, waiting for Julia to be old enough to enjoy it. These tales of a French school boy who constantly gets into trouble OVER AND OVER AGAIN while endeavoring to be helpful, are supposed to be supremely entertaining. The simple ink drawings of Nicholas' world are hilarious and charming. I've flipped through it many many times, just waiting until Julia was about age 8, so she could fully appreciate the humor. It's going to be our next read aloud!
I'm can't wait to get 'The Girl With No Shadow' by Joanne Harris into my hands!!!! It's the sequel to 'Chocolat'!!!!!!!!!! The story picks up with Vianne, the heroine of the first tale, a few years down the road - opening a new chocolaterie in a new town, with her daughter Anouk, and a new baby girl in tow. When Vianne wants to hang up her magical talents and find safety in a marriage of convenience, she finds resistance from pre-teen Anouk (who befriends beautiful Zozie, a mysterious character who might not be as charming as she appears). I'm ALL IN.
'A Paris Apartment' by Michelle Gable, and I'm going to borrow it as soon as I can. The bottom line is that a furniture appraiser is sent to Paris to investigate a recently discovered apartment that has been shuttered up for 70 years, and in the process of unearthing the life story of the previous owner of the apartment, she ALSO FINDS HERSELF. I can hear my husband HOWLING with laughter. STOP LAUGHING ANDREW. Personally, I think this book sounds super fun and it's going to be the next book I read.
Ok, have you all read 'A Year in Provence' by Peter Mayle? Have you? Are you ready for some extra gushing from me? This is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME. I've read it over and over and over. Now maybe some of you are saying, 'No, I don't want to read about some wealthy Brits who go buy an old chateau and eat amazing food all the time and have a rough road getting renovations done on their house. That's just a pass, thanks.'
WRONG. Do NOT give this classic a pass. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Seriously. I can't tell you how much this book will lift your spirits. My only tiny wee caveat is that after reading this book, you will think twice about getting any renovations done on your French country house. Sorry if that's a prob for ya.
M. Sasek's travel books for kids are classics that I've mentioned before on the blog. The bold graphic art seems like they would be well suited for the preschool set, but they're better for school-age kids, as the text skews older, best for grades K-3. There's a fair amount of actual history detailed. 'This is Paris' (and all of the books in the series) are great for giving a basic introduction to famous cities of the world.
Vive la francaise ma petites! No idea what I just said.
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