Jul 23 2011
Our latest newsletter featured the unusually large number of books released this spring on the subject of Paris — either new in hardcover, or newly released in paper. You can view the full list in the newsletter.
All books on Paris are 15% off through August 15th!
Here’s a sampling of some June new releases of books on Paris:
Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
McCullough’s latest history is the enthralling and untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. McCullough’s portraits include Augustus Saint-Gauden, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Samuel F. B. Morse, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Henry James, Mark Twain and Charles Sumner.+
Dawn of the Belle Epoque:
The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends
by Mary McAuliffe
Paris in 1871 was a shambles following military defeat, siege, and a bloody uprising, and the question loomed, “Could this extraordinary city even survive?” By 1900, the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were marked by tension and conflict, as the new challenged the old in everything from politics to art, literature, music, science, and engineering. Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to these perilous years following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France’s uncertain venture into the Third Republic examining this era through the eyes of Monet, Zola, Debussy, Eiffel, Marie Curie, and others as they struggled with the forces of tradition. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this vibrant and seminal era to life.
Paris to the Past:
Traveling Through French History by Train
by Ina Caro
In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV, or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue.