Vive la France


Samples of the Atherton exhibitFrancophiles Unite

I recently finished reading Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. It combines two of my favorite things, food and Paris. The author recounts how she met the love of her life in Paris, over lunch one weekend, turned her world upside down by moving there, and regales the reader with stories of her growing appreciation of the art of French cooking (and eating), in this delightful, fun book. Some of the mouth watering recipes include ratatouille, chocolate soufflé cake, mussels with white wine and fennel, and a host of other (not entirely French) dishes.

Another memoir I read was Petite Anglaise: A True Story by Catherine Sanderson. A longtime Francophile, this young British woman finds a job, love, and motherhood in the City of Lights, but all has not turned out as she’d hoped. She finds an outlet to voice her experiences and frustrations, and starts blogging about her life as “Petite Anglaise.” Before she knew what was happening, her blog takes off, and takes her life in an entirely new direction.

More Love in the City

Yet another love struck woman moves to Paris, in Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull. A young journalist from Sydney travels on a whim to visit a man she met in her travels to Bucharest. Like many others, she soon falls under the spell of the charming city, and made her home there with her (now) husband.

A Little Bit of Paris in Atherton

At the Atherton Library, we currently have an art exhibit up through August 15th, entitled “Paris Window Shopping” by Susan Payne-Trutna. Paintings of Paris shop windows reveal all kinds of fineries and confections, and beckon the viewer to travel. Stop by the library and sign the artist’s guest book. It’s the next best thing to traveling to France. There is even a small version of the Eiffel Tower on display.


Author Bio:

DeAnn O. has been a children’s librarian for over 15 years; she is a long time bibliophile, and fell in love with Paris and all things French when she vacationed there years ago.

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