New Books to Transport You to Paris

by olivia hoffman
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With a new year comes a renewed hunger for travel. Here at MFCH, we transport you to France with our insider magazine editorials and topical digital articles on all things French living, right from the comfort of your home.

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Immersing yourself in tales and writing of a faraway place is sometimes the next best thing to hopping on a plane. Beyond the magazine, classic books like A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway or The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo are infallible choices when dreaming about Paris

However, if those books have already been checked off your list, or you are looking for a more modern voice or contemporary take on the City of Lights, we have pieced together a collection of some of our favorite books based in Paris that have been released within the last year. If you subscribe to the magazine, you may recognize some of these picks from our “Book Club.”

Take a journey to France via the turn of a page. Read on for our recommendations of the latest Paris-based books to arrive on the shelves in 2022…

Dinner for One: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me

by Sutanya Dacres

A compelling “anti-fairytale” by a New Yorker who follows her heart to the City of Light. When her marriage abruptly ends, Sutanya must learn to navigate life in a foreign land, as well as how to cook for one, à la française. A raw and inspiring journey about heartbreak, reinvention, and the healing power of food.

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Jacqueline in Paris: A Novel

by Ann Mah

From the bestselling author of The Lost Vintage comes a tale of love, betrayal, and coming-of-age in postwar Paris. Jacqueline in Paris is an intimate portrait of 20-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier’s college year abroad in France – before the world knew her as America’s First Lady Jackie.

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The Paris Apartment

by Lucy Foley

Every dwelling in Paris has a story, some more intriguing than others. In search of a fresh start, Jess leaves her past behind to visit her half-brother, Ben, in the capital. But when she arrives, he is nowhere to be found. As she investigates his disappearance, she finds out that the neighbors in this haunting building know something they’re not saying…

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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris

by Daisy Wood

Two timelines of love and loss in Paris are seamlessly woven together in this emotional novel by Daisy Wood, an exciting new author of historical fiction. Wood transports us back to the height of WWII in 1940s Paris where bookshop owner Jacques must make a sacrifice to save a life. Fast-forward to modern day, Juliette is seeking a new adventure when she travels to France and happens upon an abandoned shop for sale, soon discovering that the walls have many hidden layers to reveal. 

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Makers Paris

by Kate van den Boogert

This inspirational and beautiful tome highlights the work and stories of 35 artisans and creative entrepreneurs making their mark in Paris today. From the fashion designer Isabel Marant to Sylvia Whitman, the owner of the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop, Makers Paris illustrates the daily practices of these diverse creators and the extraordinary community that resides in the French capital.

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Robert Doisneau Paris

by Robert Doisneau

Coming March 2023! Easily France’s best-known street photographer, Robert Doisneau began capturing scenes of Paris life in the 1930s. This seminal volume contains the most comprehensive collection of photos by this champion of humanist photography and pioneer of photojournalism. Curated by Doisneau’s daughters and including commentary by the photographer himself, the magic of Paris in black and white jumps off the pages in this truly timeless collection.

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