The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway‘s The Sun Also Rises is one of his most well-known, and well-loved novels.  Published in 1926, it is said to depict the life, ideals, and frustrations of the “Lost Generation” – intellectual young men and women enlightened during the years after World War I.  Hemingway himself was one of the “founding” members of…

Pure

Pure, by Andrew Miller, was the Costa Book of the Year in 2011.  I’d never really paid much attention to the Costa Awards, formerly the Whitbread Awards, but apparently, the prize is given annually to outstanding novels by writers from the U.K. and Ireland, with emphasis on a novel’s readability and entertainment factor.  So, basically, it’s a…

The Hundred Foot Journey

So despite my earlier rant about being in a reading rut and contemplating whether or not to give up on the two books I’ve been reading, I pushed on and eventually finished Richard Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey. Though not exactly a great piece of literature, The Hundred Foot Journey, it is, at least, not the worst…

Missing Person

The 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to French novelist Patrick Modiano, for “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” The protagonist of his novel, Missing Person (Rue des Boutiques Obscures), suffers from amnesia and has completely forgotten his past,…

Bébé Blues

Before reading Pamela Druckerman‘s Bringing Up Bébé : One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as “French Parenting.”  Apparently, before Pamela  moved to Paris and had a daughter of her own, neither did she. Pamela Druckerman, an American journalist decides to move in…

The Sweet Life in Paris

Sometime in the early 2000s, American pastry chef, and writer, David Lebovitz, decided to leave his life  in San Francisco behind, to  live in the city many of us (me, at least) dream of – Paris. In his light, and funny book, The Sweet Life in Paris, David shares his misunderstandings and (mis)adventures as an American trying to…

Shakespeare and Company

Despite all the beautiful art, amazing architecture, and historical ruins we saw during our 3 weeks in Europe, for me, one of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the legendary Shakespeare and Company, an English bookstore in the heart of Paris. Unfortunately, this Shakespeare and Company is not the original Shakespeare and…

Signs of the Times

I’m nearing the end of my 2nd week in Europe and since Paris, I’ve noticed these funny, slightly altered traffic signs in random places. I first noticed it while walking around Montmarte in Paris. A man stealing a “No Entry” sign. I thought it was one of a kind, until I started noticing other signs…

2 Weeks ’til Paris…

Exactly two weeks to go before I fly off to Paris and I’m a bit stressed out with preparations, not to mention having mixed feelings about the whole trip. I’ll be honest – Paris intimidates me. The food is intimidating, the language is intimidating and the fashion is intimidating.  I’ve never been to Paris, and…