Me, Myself & Paris is author Ruth Yunker’s droll pastiche of her days, free and unaccompanied, in Paris. Three years in a row she rents an apartment, stays for six weeks, and takes on Paris, half resident, half visitor. She is a short attention span tourist, a wide-eyed voyeur, and irreverence saves the day when the chips are down. Her stories are about bonhomie and savoir-faire, American style, while treading the hallowed and slippery cobblestones of Paris.
It’s about every day errands, and sorties into dutiful sightseeing. It’s about run-ins with grocery store cashiers and metro ticket agents. It’s about desperately trying to speak French. It’s about attempting to emulate the chic, windblown Parisian woman wearing no lipstick, while Ruth wouldn’t be caught bare lipped outside the boudoir.
She conquers the metro, no mean feat for a Californian glued to a car. She hears ghosts in cathedrals, and smells bread toasting every morning across the courtyard. She learns to make correct change without her reading glasses. Comes to understand that direct eye contact is a flagrant disregard of manners, even when she most needs a hug.
Paris : The Secret History by Andrew Hussey
A lively chronicle of more than two thousand years of history from a Parisian point of view describes everyday life in Paris throughout the city’s history, capturing the citizens, artists, political figures, counterculture gurus, anarchists, prostitutes, and others who have shaped the city.
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