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Memoirs

That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light (Velvet Morning Press) A collection of essays from French, expat and Francophiles that shows the city through their eyes. Some of the entries are fiction and some are true life stories -- the beauty is that they all demonstrate a honest, most often humorous, portrayal of the French capital and the people who live there.

Me Talk Pretty One Day
, David Sedaris (Back Bay Books, 2001) Hilarious collection of personal stories, including his adventures learning mangled French in Paris. Even better, get the audio book which is narrated by Sedaris. His inflections and humor come across even more effectively and the results are spectacularly hysterical.

Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik (Random House Trade, 2001) Gopnik’s quirky, fascinating collection of stories from Paris written for The New Yorker range from insightful political analysis to playful tales of city life with his wife and young children. His eye for the very small, quotidian details of Parisian life is spot-on and often lyrical.

Shakespeare & Company, Sylvia Beach (University of Nebraska Press, 1991) In 1919, Beach opened an English-language bookshop and lending library, which became a magnet for the community of expat writers and characters living in Paris at the time. Beach remembers them all in the intriguing memoir. Buy this at the shop which bears the name, in the shadow of Notre Dame, now run by the legendary George Whitman's daughter - the appropriately named Sylvia Beach Whitman.

Fiction

Hunting and Gathering, Anna Gavalda (Ri…