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Another good France book

We've recently finished another book by John Baxter: "Immoveable Feast, a Paris Christmas." What a pleasure it was to read this! It is laugh-out-loud funny, and contains lots of tidbits about French culture, especially centering around food, family, and Christmas.

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Thanks for adding another to the list, Jane. I was so excited to find a copy of Edward Rutherford's Paris when browsing through our huge used bookstore. As soon as I got home I began reading and almost immediately developed a nagging feeling of btdt. Yep, I had downloaded it on my kindle before our last trip. smh. I read it again anyway. And enjoyed it again anyway.

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Thanks, Jane. I had not heard of John Baxter and his books on Paris. I just put on hold at my library his book on Paris during WWI, 1914-1918. The library does not have the Immoveable Feast. I really don't want to buy it, I already spend so much on books and could open a book store!

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Judy B, I hear that! We rely heavily on the local libraries, but there are some titles and authors they just don't have. And they've changed (limited) the old interlibrary loan system, so it's harder, or even impossible, to get books from most other libraries. Bummer.

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Pancakes in Paris- Craig Carlson journey into opening a restaurant in Paris.
This is a very easy read and funny. It provides some insight into running a business in Paris. I feel I will have a much better understanding of waiters in Paris after reading this book.
I had the opportunity to meet the author and look forward to visiting his restaurant Breakfast in America this October.

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I also recommend Pancakes in Paris - a fun and quick read! Looking forward to visiting next time I make it to Paris!

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Jane,
Thank you for recommending John Baxter and his books about Paris. I'm reading one (it's at home) and it is a memoir of some of his years living in Paris. Some of the little stories illuminate the charm of Paris. One I recall: he went to his doctor who told him his numbers were not good! She said you should join a club sportif, or a gym in American parlance. He joined one and when he asked for a towel, they gave him a package of chocolates!! I laughed out loud at this. I will edit this later when I find the name of the book. It is The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.
Thanks again, I'm really enjoying it.

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Judy B, yes, I enjoyed "The Most Beautiful Walk in the World" as well, but I had forgotten the chocolate story. I guess I need to reread the book!

I'm on an Italy kick now, since that's where we're going next year. There are four books waiting for me at the library. If any of them is Forum-worthy, I'll start a new thread.