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  • French Novelist Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize for Literature

    By Anne McCarthy


    In October, the names poured in from all over the globe. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who champions girls’ rights to education, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Eric Betzig, a 54-year-old Virginian won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. And France’s Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The man is prolific, having published 29 books throughout his career, as well as written children’s books and screenplays. His most recent work, Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier, was published this year by Gallimard.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 November 2014 )
  • Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    The fashion world can get to silly extremes sometimes. Designers produce unwearable art, editors make up incomprehensible demands and cats get their own books. The fashion's most famous pet comes from maison Lagerfeld – creative director of Chanel and one of the most recognisable designers in the world.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 November 2014 )
  • Author Interview with William Alexander: On his new book Flirting with French

    By Anne McCarthy

    Author William Alexander was fifty-three years old when his first book was published. He worked as a technological researcher for the past three decades, before adding bestselling author to his resume as well.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 )
  • Author Interview with Stephen Clarke

    By Anne McCarthy

    Stephen Clarke is dirty.

    Or rather, his new book is. Clarke, author of the international bestseller A Year in the Merde and the subsequent books in the Merde series, is adored by readers far and wide for his biting, comic, Brit wit. His wry humor, engaging style and deadpan deliveries punctuate his pages, making for a pleasurable read, be you French, English or other.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • An Interview with Ellen Hampton, Author of Playground for Misunderstanding

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Ellen Hampton, lecturer in history at the prestigious Sciences Po university, and Paris Resident Director for the City University of New York, is the author of Women of Valor: The Rochambelles on the WWII Front, and Playground for Misunderstanding, a murder mystery set in Paris. Before moving to France in 1989, she worked as a journalist in Miami and Latin America. She recently took the time to discuss her career as a writer and educator, as well as her life in France, with BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 July 2014 )
  • Book Review: An Unexpected Guest, by Anne Korkeakivi

    By Janet Hulstrand

    This is a story that will stay with you. A fascinating peek into the domestic life of a diplomatic family, An Unexpected Guest is fraught with tension and suspense. But it is also an extremely nuanced examination of the kind of moral and ethical dilemma that characterizes almost everyone’s life at one point or another, one way or another.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
  • Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover (A Book by Alexander Lobrano)

    By Jane del Monte

    Alexander Lobrano is an American in Paris with a distinctly French sensibility. Nearly 30 years’ living in Paris and singing its praises have dulled neither his palate nor his enthusiasm. This month marks the release of two books by Lobrano, a second edition of Hungry for Paris and his latest, Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover, reviewed here by Jane del Monte.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
  • Light French Recipes: The French Diet Cookbook

    By Jane del Monte

    Snowdrifts give way to crocuses, and songbirds perched in budding cherry trees announce that spring is here, with swimsuit season hot on its heels. It’s that time of year when we confront the pounds packed on over a dismal winter, when nothing felt as good as cocooning. The incentive is there. Now, what about the method?

    Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 )
  • The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden (A Book by Alain Baraton)

    By Jane del Monte

    On December 26, 1999, a storm tore violently across France. Fifteen years later, le Tempête is still spoken of in hushed tones and nearly audible capitals. In the gardens of Versailles alone, 18,000 trees were lost, felled by the storm or so damaged they had to be cut down. So opens Alain Baraton’s book, The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden, to a scene he describes as “a cross between a logging camp and an elephant graveyard.”

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 March 2014 )
  • Review of Big Macs in Paris: A Memoir by Anne McCarthy (with excerpt from book)

    By Samantha Kelly

    Anne McCarthy’s Big Macs in Paris is about the experience of an outsider in Paris. It fits the classic coming of age memoir, but does so in an of-this-century way, where the knots don’t always come untangled.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 )
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