Summer reading, Paris style

Hemingway wrote, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

Paris Was Ours is a collection of stories and reflections from thirty-two writers. Stacy Schiff, author of “In Franklin’s Footsteps,” has a way of making history jump off the page and into your imagination. Schiff moved to Paris to do research for a book on Ben Franklin, and ended up living in the polymath’s old neighborhood, a bakery stroll from the home of John Adams. Jeremy Mercer, who wrote “My Bookstore High,” lived at the legendary Shakespeare & Co. Most writers live at the bookstore, figuratively speaking. Mercer actually slept there.

Paris, Elie Wiesel wrote, is a “city of encounters, of furtive and painful discoveries.”


Paris Was Ours, edited by Penelope Rowlands. Copyright 2011 by Penelope Rowlands. Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Stacy Schiff wrote A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.

Jeremy Mercer wrote Time Was Soft There.

Hemingway quote from A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition, 2009.

Elie Wiesel quote from The Testament, 1981.

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