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Vacation, staycation, or even just a daycation? How about the French Riviera? Or as Audrey Hepburn says,” Paris is Always a good idea.” Here is an itinerary via new books and old movies:
- Find a place to stay: Villa America: A Novel by Liza Klaussmann Famed expats George and Sara Murphy's villa on the French Riviera will be available in August. Scott and Zelda are sure to drop by.
- Do some shopping: The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George is a charming diversion for booklovers or take in The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki
- Sample the local cuisine: In a French Kitchen Tales and Traditions of Everday Home Cooking in France by Susan Herrmann Loomis or take a Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
- Get a makeover: Try The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out by Thomas Mathilde. Just take a look at what a little time in Paris did for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina one of my favorite classic romantic films.
- Take in the nightlife: Catch up with Scott and Zelda again in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris
- Plan to come back again soon: The Paris Style Guide: Shop, Eat, Sleep by Eliodie Rambaud
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.
The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.